The year 2022 is fast approaching. Surely you are watching your own personal retrospective of this very interesting past year and hopefully looking forward to the potential of the future. It seems like a good time to also consider a 2021 Las Vegas restaurant retrospective, revisiting some of the year’s biggest restaurant openings and maybe digging deeper to find some fantastic dining options you might have. be missed in recent months. And what better way to ring in 2022 than with a good meal?
Let’s start downtown at the Circa Resort & Casino, which opened in the fall of 2020, but, due to the obvious challenges at the time, not everyone was able to partake in the full experience of this bold new resort in Las Vegas. 8 East (702.726.5508) is a prime example of a great new restaurant that has flown under the radar. A sister restaurant to the hugely popular downtown Le Thai, this Asian powerhouse offers an array of small plates and snacks, noodles, rice and dumplings in memorable flavors. Dive into chicken yakitori, rich beef rib dumplings with horseradish cream, Sichuan salt and pepper chicken wings or cumin lamb lollipops to get a taste of this new destination. exciting on the second floor of Circa.
It’s all about Mexican food in the suburb of Summerlin with the new The Neta (702.476.5484), an elegant restaurant and lounge that attracts see-and-be-seen lovers for group dinners and fabulous weekend brunches. This newly opened versatile spot on the north end of downtown Summerlin seems to do it all, from craft cocktails to authentic favorites like queso fundido, ceviche and cochinita pibil, and large-format dishes perfect for sharing with friends. ready to party, like whole seared branzino and butter poached lobster, ready to slice up for homemade tacos.
An even newer arrival is taking the Henderson neighborhood by storm. Boom Bang Gastronomy & Cocktails (702.478.6200) offers a savory and hearty mix of French and American dishes, including savory mushroom pie with goat cheese mousse, charcuterie boards topped with artisan meats and cheeses, duck confit with poached pears and shallot oil with chives, and fish and chips made with wild Alaskan cod. This is the place you need to reach to the southeast; in the southwest, laid-back Gabi’s Gorditas (702.268.7466) wows its neighborhood with its signature mini masa sandwiches filled with stewed beef and ancho chili demi-glace, tuna poke and avocado salsa, or longaniza sausage and potatoes with Oaxaca cheese fondue.
Sure, the Las Vegas Strip was full of exciting new dining choices in 2021, but there was at least one historic Strip restaurant that debuted in 2020 that certainly didn’t get the attention it deserved for its cuisine. of quality and its breathtaking atmosphere. Bugsy & Meyer Steakhouse (702.733.3111) is the signature dining experience at the iconic Flamingo, which celebrates its incredible 75 years in the center of the Strip this month, and the vintage experience here is a fitting summary of this resort’s heritage with bold flavors for to start up. Transport yourself to another era of Las Vegas while enjoying a modern take on traditional steakhouse fare. Go for it with an impressive seafood tower, decadent lobster bisque, old-fashioned Caesar salad topped with aged parmesan, and your favorite cut from the B&M Private Reserve collection of premium dry-aged and cured steaks. wet. Just be sure to save room for an amazing dessert of banana bread, devil’s cake, and milk chocolate mousse. You can think about New Year’s resolutions later.
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