AL SOLITO POSTO James Trees and his company can’t go wrong, even taking over an Italian restaurant from a chain in a posh open-air mall and serving everyone’s favorite food. Order the beef carpaccio with a glass of wine. Tivoli Village, 702-463-6781. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 4 pm-11pm; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
BRERA OSTERIA The ephemeral Sixth & Mill pizzeria at Grand Canal Shoppes is now the laid-back Brera Osteria pasta palate, and the menu is accessible, diverse and delicious. Order the saffron-infused Milanese risotto, a favorite of the late Jonathan Gold at the LA location. Venetian, 702-414-1227. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 am-10pm; Sunday, 11 am-9pm
CHINGLISH CANTON WINE BAR There’s a kosher version of this stellar Chinese restaurant next to Boca Park, a cozy patio to sample all that wine, and a menu filled with Hong Kong classics made with care and precision. Order the dry aged Peking duck and marvel at this crispy skin. 8704 West Charleston Blvd. # 101, 702-935-2088. Every day, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
EL LUCHADOR Andy Hooper’s burgeoning hospitality company has seen successes with The Black Sheep (with Chef Jamie Tran) and Locale (with Chef Nicole Brisson and then Chef Marc Marrone), and it’s clearly not done. El Luchador is the Mexican cantina every local neighborhood deserves, with happy hour and weekend brunch. Order the pollo asado with nopales and chimichurri. 7825 Blue Diamond Road # 101, 702-260-8709. Sunday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
NIGHT + WALK This LA transplant is Las Vegas’ hottest new Thai restaurant, serving up a new dimension of street food to be discovered across from the One Steakhouse at Virgin Las Vegas. Order the whole fried catfish with sizzling ginger, chili and green onions. Virgo, 702-693-5000. Sunday-Thursday, 5 pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
SOULBELLY BBQ Could a Jersey-born James Beard Award nominee be the savior of the Vegas barbecue? It’s the buzz of Bruce Kalman’s downtown stronghold at the HUDL / Nevada Brew Works complex. Opt for the Belly of Soul beef brisket sandwich with pickled onions and a fried egg. 1327 S. Main St., 702-483-4404. Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-11pm
VEGAS TEST KITCHEN Jolene Mannina’s downtown cuisine allows you and your favorite up-and-coming local chefs to experiment with restaurant concepts and savor innovative flavors. Order one of Sonia El-Nawal’s bagels while browsing the ever-changing menu. 1020, rue Fremont # 120, 702-251-2090. Thursday-Monday, flexible hours, vegastestkitchen.com.
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