Bruce and Eric Bromberg are back, again, with a new/old restaurant at the Red Rock Resort. The New York City-based restaurateurs took their first big step beyond the Big Apple with Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan, and while that eatery has been transformed into a version of their original Blue Ribbon Brasserie, the sushi spot has reappeared in the ’burbs. And Bruce Bromberg sounds happy about that.
On the new restaurant: “I think it embodies the same spirit. The menu is similar, but there are a few modifications. If you’ve been to our original sushi place in New York, you know it’s 11 feet wide at its widest point, so it’s kind of an awkward space. But we like awkward spaces. The new one is also long and narrow and evokes that same feeling. It’s funky. It has a Tokyo street vibe to it and these sort of activations as you walk through, from the sushi bar to the drink bar to the outdoor beer garden.”
On the menu: “At the first menu meeting we all sat down and discussed whether it should be exactly the same or a little bit different. By the end we decided we can change things up, but there are a lot of dishes that we just knew, we have to have that, and that and all those.”
On the fried chicken (yes, the new spot will serve it): “My dad always would say he could have saved a lot of money sending us to France [to study] if he knew it was going to be all about fried chicken. But it is interesting the way people are attached to [it]. ... People have a real visceral attachment to that dish.”
BLUE RIBBON SUSHI BAR & GRILL Sunday-Thursday, 4:30-11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-midnight. Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7444.