Aria Buffet Brunch in Las Vegas

I was gone, but now I’m back (did you enjoy your week of Cori Sue?). This time of year is always the craziest of the year for me, work wise. A magazine I work on has a jewelry show in a town known as Las Vegas. And each year, a heck of a lot of hard work culminates in one full week of round-the-clock working and partying in Sin City.

This year, I got to stay in the Aria at City Center, a hotel so high tech it took me two days to figure out how to turn the air conditioning down. Within stumbling distance of this fabulous resort is Crystals, a high-end shopping center with a Nanette Lepore. I forfeited getting jewelry from the show and instead splurged on a gorg red frock from my favorite designer. (More on that red dress later)

Just a short futuristic monorail ride from Aria and Crystals is the newest of The Strip’s monstrosities, The Cosmopolitan. And within this glittering tower is a nightclub that I have been lusting after for six. solid. months.

My loves, meet Marquee.

Photo credit: Marquee

The reason for my Marquee obsession is twofold: 1. It was built for its resident DJ, one of my favorite DJs in the world, Kaskade, who spins there once a month, and 2. It is the most extravagant, enormous, over-the-top, super club I’ve ever seen. Three levels, including a coliseum-style center stage, a pool, a “library,” and a hip hop lounge, and the most incredible sound and lighting systems in the world (they poured $60 million into this space). It’s 62,000 square feet of debaucherous sound, and I had to hear it.

So I zipped up that new red dress, grabbed my boyfriend, fought my way through the Fort Knox-style entry, and snagged a table for two and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot. Sander van Doorn was spinning, from dusk ‘till doorn, as they say. We didn’t leave – or even realize the time – until the sun was up, so I guess that maxim rang true. It was some of the best clubbing I’ve done, perhaps ever.

A couple hours of sleep, and I had to get back to the jewelry show floor. I was there to work, after all. I grappled with the techy console that controls the room’s curtains and finally fought my way out the door to the place that makes a long night in Vegas all better: the buffet.

Now, I’ve been to Vegas a few times, and I’ve given plenty of advice about the best way to tackle a Vegas buffet. Being able to consume that much food is an art form: you have to assess, plan, pile, and tackle. Take a breather. Repeat. If Vegas really is Sin City, then without a doubt, gluttony is found in its buffets.

The Aria buffet is an airy, cafeteria-style setting. The buffet wraps around the perimeter of the space, with a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass that overlooks the pool area and lets in tons of light (which can be kind of hard to handle if you’re a vampire at that time of the morning … or afternoon).

On the weekends, there’s bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. Plus, all the OJ, coffee, and water you can consume. The first station I hit was the breakfast food, which had everything you could imagine including breakfast burritos, a nice touch. Beau, who had frequented the buffet twice during the weekend, went straight for this magical yogurt he found, filled with sliced bananas and strawberries.

Next up? Seafood. Mountains of crab legs and shrimp. Sushi and filets of salmon or delicious halibut – you name it. Also on the plate, made-to-order pastas and omelets. There’s a sandwich bar and a salad bar, carving stations and pizzas. There is, quite simply, anything you want.

The dessert buffet at the Aria is equally as impressive. Jean-Philippe Maury has a chocolate shop near the guest elevators that had been tempting me all week. At the buffet, I got to try it all: beautiful little pastries and cakes. And hell, they even have bananas foster!

The best part of the Aria buffet is that it’s one of the inexpensive ones. At $20 you get it all (a bit more for bottomless, of course, but hey). Buffets at other hotels can get up to $50, so watch out. This one is right for the money.

The Bitches say: A for absolute gluttony.

The Buffet at Aria
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

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