Good news for fans of Martha Stewart, the state of Nevada, and those who enjoy gambling: Over the weekend, our multifaceted queen debuted her first eatery in Las Vegas. The Bedford by Martha Stewart, which is located in the Paris casino, draws influence from the legendary lifestyle of the famous author and television personality.
The 194-seat restaurant is intended to give off an atmosphere that will make you feel like a visitor in Martha’s Bedford, New York, farmhouse from the 1920s. (For reference, she served her home confinement portion of her prison sentence there in 2004.) The food on the menu is a French-influenced parody of what Martha allegedly prepares at home, on the ranch where her guinea hens roam.
Vegas is awash in celebrity-endorsed eateries, and the Paris casino already feels like it could pass for a People magazine cover. Bobby Flay has a burger place, Guy Savoy sells fluffy brioche, Gordon Ramsay runs a steakhouse, and Lisa Vanderpump runs a French restaurant with off-kilter energy in a funhouse with a gothic motif.
However, The Bedford will likely delight Martha fans. There’s just something fundamentally alluring about a Vegas restaurant founded by a glistening 81-year-old billionaire who somehow managed to get richer while she was incarcerated and now spends her days regularly posting blurry and bizarre things to Instagram. If you’re not attempting to go to The Bedford by Martha Stewart with me, don’t even talk to me, one Twitter user remarked. What you should know is as follows.
The food is vaguely French.
The Bedford is not extremely hip or happening. The food is somewhat reminiscent of what would have been offered at an all-inclusive vacation in the 1990s, which is reportedly how Martha still eats. In a press release, she stated, “These are the same recipes that I serve to family and friends in my own home.”
Although the press release states that everything at The Bedford is created using local ingredients, I’m not precisely sure where in the Las Vegas desert the food may have been grown. A traditional niçoise salad, oysters Rockefeller cooked in Pernod cream, or jumbo shrimp cocktail are all options for starters. For the main course, there is a burger with tomato jam and caramelized onions, as well as a plate of Big Martha’s pierogis, which are her mother’s recipe modified with brown butter.
The desserts feature a traditional crème brûlée, a milk chocolate tart with Sicilian pistachios, and an upside-down lemon meringue pie topped with whipped cream.
There is a live potato crushing throughout dinner.
The Bedford offers elegance and entertainment because it is in Las Vegas. A whole roast chicken is carved at the table as the main meal. Your bone-in ribeye, a dish that screams high roller, will also be presented with a choice of Bordelaise or Béarnaise sauce and openly sliced. The show-stopper: baked potatoes that are smashed right before your eyes and then topped with crème fraiche, chives, and bacon lardons. For an additional $115.95, you may also add a 1-ounce scoop of Golden Osetra caviar.
The drinks on the menu are based on Martha.
I’ll start by introducing Stewart’s personas: The Frozen Pomegranate Martha-rita is made with Casa Dragones Blanco tequila, Cointreau, and pomegranate juice; the Classic Martha-rita is a saltier version without the pom; and Martha’s Perfect Manhattan is made with bourbon, vermouth, bitters, and Luxardo cherries. The Martha-tini is a cocktail shaken tableside with vodka, dry vermouth, and a lemon twist. Diners can order Martha’s own California chardonnay from 19 Crimes off the wine list.
The room is an exact reproduction of Martha’s dining room.
This is not a trendy restaurant, to be sure. The Bedford seems to be elegant in a Richie Rich kind of manner, in keeping with the implied tackyness of a Vegas casino. You’ll find what is allegedly an exact copy of Martha’s wooden farmhouse dining room inside. A gentle, neutral color scheme of whites and grays contrasts with minimalist lighting sconces, gorgeous floral arrangements, and artwork with bird themes to evoke the feeling of spring in Montauk.
With marble countertops, stainless steel equipment, and an amazing wall of Martha’s personal collection of copper pans hanging like ornaments on a Christmas tree, the open kitchen area appears to be both romantic and practical. You can also eat “outside” on a patio eating area beneath the fictitious blue-cloudy sky of the Paris casino for an all-American fever dream.
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