Las vegas restaurants

Best new restaurants in Las Vegas of 2019

Jim Begley, Genevie Durano, Brock Radke and Leslie Ventura

Ada’s Esther’s Kitchen founder James Trees made his pizza and pasta more family-friendly for “burbs – with ice cream as a bonus! It takes a restaurant to raise a village (Tivoli). 410 boul. S. Rempart # 120, 702-463-7433. –Brock Radke

Best friend The vibes of LA are intense in Roy Choi’s Uncompromising Korean Party BBQ Dinner Party. Go beyond grilled meats and Kogi tacos and explore hoisin-chili and spicy ribs soondubu and kimchi jjiggae. And definitely devour all banchan. MGM Park, 888-769-2464. –BR

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Crack Shack Out of all the chicken sandwiches, this San Diego import has one fowl to rule them all: the Firebird, a gigantic, juicy sandwich topped with hot and ranch sauce that’s topped with crispy fried onions and pickles. And the rest of the menu (Mexican poutine, do you like it ?!) is on fire too. MGM Park, 702-820-5991. –Leslie Ventura

Hardway 8 With a menu originally designed by Valley veteran Johnny Church, this downtown Henderson waterhole doesn’t live up to your typical bar fare. Think fried Buffalo oysters, a fried bologna sandwich topped with crispy bologna, and even savory rabbit sausage and mash. 46 S. Water Street, 702-410-5124. – Jim Begley

La Monja Chef and restaurateur Dan Krohmer’s modern cantina cuisine – brilliant ceviches and seafood cocktails, cauliflower tacos on homemade tortillas – was inspired by his own sabbatical in Mexico. All you have to do is drive to downtown Fergusons to pick up these relaxing vibes. 1028, rue Fremont # 190, 702-848-3530. –BR

La Strega Chef Gina Marinelli’s Summerlin Restaurant is one of the sunniest and most charming places to eat brunch. Come dine and enjoy handmade pasta, pizza and more, along with an excellent wine selection. And definitely order a Witch’s Garden – artisanal vegetables served with whipped chickpeas – for the table. 3555 S. Town Center Drive # 105, 702-722-2099. –Genevie Durano

Place Mountain’s Edge became a neighborhood favorite when Nicole Brisson left the Strip and opened Locale Italian Kitchen and Craft Cocktails. The menu is rustic Italian, meat-based, with homemade cold cuts and fresh pasta prepared daily. 7995 Blue Diamond Road # 106, 702-330-0404. –GD

Mabel’s barbecue Michael Symon’s Mabel tail joint elevates the Vegas barbecue scene with a menagerie of meats, ranging from smoky burnt ends to tender beef brisket. The prime rib is the size of Flintstones, while the Cracklin’—chicharrones served with Lawson’s Onion Dip, are a must. Palm trees, 702-944-5931. –JB

Mott 32 The epic Cantonese, Szechuan, and Pekingese style cuisine at Mott 32 pairs perfectly with its haunting, layered atmosphere. And get ready for the second year, which will bring the low sum brunch of your dreams. Palace, 702-607-3232. –BR

Cafe de la Sadelle When it comes to smoked fish, Sadelle dominates the competition. Nestled in a 10,000 square foot space overlooking the Bellagio Conservatory, the Mario Carbone company is a most delicious tribute to New York’s fine grocery store and is home to an exceptional baking program. Bellagio, 702-693-7075. –GD

Huîtres Buffalo à Hardway 8 <em>(Wade Vandervort / Staff)</em>

Buffalo Oysters at Hardway 8 (Wade Vandervort / Staff)

Saga pastry + Sandwich Nordic waffles and Swedish pancakes complete the breakfast menu, and rosemary ham, smoked salmon, and cold-water arctic shrimp are lunch staples. Before you go, savor the Swedish coffee break tradition known as fika while relaxing with an espresso and a pastry. 10345 S. Eastern Ave. # 100, 702-260-0860. –LV

Sushi Kame How many places have you tried that serve Wagyu A5 steak raised in Kagoshima with a document of authenticity? Chef Eric Kim goes beyond conventional sushi with expressive offerings like Kamashida toro, risotto with trout eggs and splendid Alfonsino, while the omakase experience takes refinement to the next level. 3616 Spring Mountain Road # 103, 702-665-5731. –LV

Tatsujin X Tatsujin is a culinary experience as unique as it is in the valley, the natural result of restaurateur Mitsuo Endo (renowned Raku) who helped open a traditional teppanyaki steakhouse. It’s not for everyone, but frankly, that’s part of the charm of this little place adjacent to Chinatown. 4439 W. Flamingo Road, 702-771-8955. –JB

Tres Cazuelas Neighboring the infamous Sand Dollar Lounge, Tres Cazuelas offers a rotation of Mexican specialties for lunch amid a menu spanning from Spain to South America. The moles are dynamite and the pork belly skewers adorned with grilled peaches are a revelation. 3355 Spring Mountain Road # 35, 702-370-0751. –JB

Vetri Cucina Few restaurants in Las Vegas have such a good view (56 floors), but the food from James Beard Award winner Marc Vetri is even better. Italian classics are recontextualized for these modern times using simple, age-old techniques, and the results are nothing short of revealing. Palm Trees, 702-944-5900. –GD

Water grill King’s Seafood Company brought SoCal’s upscale favorite to the old Spago spot this summer and was stunned by many seafood tours filled with oysters, clams, scallops, giant shrimp, crab sleeper, lobster and sea urchins. The Butter Chili Sea Bass with Butternut Squash Gnocchi is so delicious we couldn’t stop dreaming about it. Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, 702-832-4777. –LV

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