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Drai’s Cafe offers fresh flavors for a day at the club

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These wings are slow-cooked before a turn in the fryer for ideal texture.
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Everyone knows about the handful of Las Vegas Strip restaurants that offer incredible views to go along with their magnificent food—except this one.

Drai’s Beachclub, the luxurious rooftop dayclub at the Cromwell, is best known for serving up booming pool parties and maybe a few Champagne showers, but the Drai’s Cafe menu is something of a secret. It’s seasonal and delicious whether you’re enjoying a bite in your cabana, at a table overlooking the Strip or dipping your toes in the water.

Summertime snacks like chicken wings—slow cooked and then fried for tender, crispy satisfaction—in traditional hot Buffalo or sweet and spicy Thai sauce, or piled-high nachos with jalapeños, sour cream and guacamole, are easy favorites. But edgier eats await, including tuna poke nachos on wonton chips with avocado and eel sauce; watermelon salad with Asian pear, papaya, arugula, lime juice and toasted sunflower seeds; and a crisp flatbread topped with smoked salmon, créme fraîche, capers and lemon oil.

Don’t skip the pulled barbecue chicken sliders—soft, sweet rolls stuffed with chicken, melted mozzarella, cilantro and red onion jam, addictive mini sandwiches you won’t want to share. Drai’s Cafe also offers breakfast, salads, sushi and sides from fresh fruit to sweet potato fries. Build your own beautiful poolside brunch spread, and add the Mango Daddy to the mix—a sweet and funky tequila cocktail with Casa Noble Crystal, elderflower liqueur and smoked sea salt.

A day at Drai’s will leave you struggling to decide which part you like best: the music, the food or the views. Drai’s Cafe (at Drai’s Beachclub) at the Cromwell, 702-777-3800; Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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