Frank Sinatra sang about New York (“I want to be a part of it”) and Chicago (“My kind of town”), but he’ll also be remembered fondly in Las Vegas on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Sinatra, born Dec. 12, 1915 in Hoboken, N.J., was a fixture in Las Vegas for decades, first as a member of the famed Rat Pack and later as a solo performer.
Here are some of the places that will pay tribute to the Chairman of the Board.
1. The Golden Steer
Sinatra's booth, No. 22, at the Golden Steer restaurant in Las Vegas. (Chris Wessling)
At the Golden Steer, where Ol’ Blue Eyes and other Rat Packers were regulars, guests throughout December will have a chance to dine in Booth 22, the one in which Sinatra regularly held court starting in the 1960s.
For $100, diners can enjoy a three-course meal much like the one Sinatra often ordered, starting with Narragansett Bay clams on the half shell followed by a 16-ounce New York strip steak.
Scallops and a big steak, which Frank Sinatra always ordered medium rare, form part of the special menu at the Golden Steer (Chris Wessling)
“He would say, ‘New York steak, cooked off the grill to medium rare,’” Mark Steele, the restaurant’s maitre d’, said.
“Frank’s Menu” concludes with Bananas Foster, flambéed tableside just as Sinatria used to enjoy them.
The meal also includes a glass of Sinatra’s favorite drink: three fingers of Jack Daniels served with two ice cubes. Guests also receive a commemorative Zippo lighter.
News accounts after his death in 1998 said Sinatra was buried with a bottle of Jack, a pack of Camels and a Zippo lighter
The restaurant just off the Strip looks pretty much the same now as it did 50 years ago, Steele said.
“The structure of the booth that he used to sit in is identical from way back in the day,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve changed the padding and the upholstery.”
To dine in Frank’s booth on the centennial of his birth, the price jumps to $1,000 for a party of four.
Reservations: (702) 384-4470.
2. Sinatra at the Encore
Sinatra, a fine-dining restaurant at the Encore in Las Vegas. (Barbara Kraft)
Sinatra, a restaurant at the Encore operated in partnership with Sinatra's family, wasn't around in the singer's day, but a special dinner is planned for Dec. 12 nonetheless. (How could it not be?)
The restaurant will serve a four-course meal for $195. Entrée choices include capesante (grilled diver scallops), branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) and osso buco (braised veal).
A rich, dark chocolate mousse, molded in the shape of Sinatra's fedora. (Wynn Resorts)
The restaurant’s specialty dessert, a chocolate mousse shaped like a fedora, will conclude the meal.
The dinner will be prepared under the watchful eye of executive chef Theo Schoenegger, who often cooked for the famed entertainer in New York City.
The package includes a copy of a commemorative book, “Sinatra 100.”
Reservations: (702) 770-5320.
3. Franklin at the Delano
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Frank Sinatra’s favorite drink, Jack Daniels on the rocks, will be served in a commemorative glass on Dec. 12 at Franklin, the lobby bar inside Delano. (MGM Resorts)
A different type of centennial souvenir, a commemorative glass, is part of the birthday celebration planned at Franklin, the lobby bar inside Delano Las Vegas.
Sinatra’s Jack-on-the-rocks ($15) will be accompanied by live music from the Rat Pack era between 7 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 12.
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