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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Scotch 80 Prime has opened at Palms Casino Resort, led by executive chef Barry S. Dakake, who held the same position at N9NE Steakhouse at Palms before it closed in 2017. The new steakhouse, named in homage to the nearby Scotch 80 neighborhood and the scotch selection and Prime steaks it serves, offers a menu devoted to USDA Prime and certified A5 Japanese Kobe beef, chicken, chops and seafood. Complementing the fare is an array of scotch whisky valued at $3 million, with a focus on rare and vintage gems from top producers in Scotland including the Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage collection. Décor features world-class artwork with pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst and Scott Hove. Scotch 80 Prime, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
 
Now open at M Resort Spa Casino is 16 – A Handcrafted Experience Now open at M Resort Spa Casino is 16 – A Handcrafted Experience. Named for its perch on the 16th floor of the resort, the venue offers views of the Las Vegas skyline via floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio. A menu of shared plates includes Australian lamb chops, pan-seared Hokkaido diver scallops, braised Wagyu short ribs and tonkatsu ramen soup. Look for signature, classic and mid-century modern cocktails such as the “16,” which combines 16 different flavors. In addition, guests have the opportunity to sample a variety of fine wines and liquors using the M Resort’s “Wine ATM,” a pre-paid card that allows for one-, three- or five-ounce pours from a rotating selection of 40 options. 16 – A Handcrafted Experience is open Friday through Tuesday from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 16 – A Handcrafted Experience, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has announced plans to open Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar. Located on the second level of the Boulevard Tower and debuting in early fall 2018, the urban market will consist of six food and beverage outposts which have been established regionally throughout the country: New Orleans’ District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.; Ghost Donkey, a tequila and mezcal cocktail bar from NYC; Nashville’s Southern chicken joint Hattie B’s Hot Chicken; Portland chef Rick Gencarelli’s over-the-top sandwich eatery, Lardo; chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing from Portland; and Japanese handroll and sake concept Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake from Las Vegas restaurateur Takashi Segawa. The design of the market will include corrugated metal and polished concrete framed by steel with visually appealing art such as a graffiti wall art collage and neon décor accents. Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
Red Plate will open this summer at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s a new dining concept that celebrates traditional Chinese cuisine in a refined setting. The culinary vision will be led by chef Yip Cheung, an expert in multi-regional Chinese cuisine who formerly helmed the kitchen at The Cosmopolitan’s high-end gaming parlor, The Talon Club. Cheung will utilize traditional Chinese techniques and preparations to present an authentic Cantonese menu with hints of modern inspiration, with highlights including roasted meats, Chinese hot pot and handmade dim sum. The restaurant’s design will feature black metal and brass detailing, abstract landscape wallcovering, rich tones of deep red and black, luxurious fabrics, polished marble and traces of gold. Red Plate will be located on the third level of The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Tower adjacent to Scarpetta and Beauty & Essex. Red Plate, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Bomb Tacos has opened its 2nd Las Vegas location, downtown at 616 E. Carson Ave., joining its other outpost at 3655 S. Durango Dr. Décor is inspired by restaurant owner-executive chef Robert Solano’s life in Mexico and is reflective of an authentic taqueria with brightly colored furniture (much of which was personally built and painted by Solano to ensure quality and authenticity of the space), corrugated tin walls, Mexican artwork and a hand-painted mural reading "bienvenidos" done by Solano. On the menu are tacos al pastor, crispy beef brisket tacos, Baja-style fish tacos, wet burritos, carne asada fries, nachos, tortas and house-made churros topped with vanilla ice cream. Vegetarian and vegan options are offered. A variety of sodas, beers and Mexican drinks like Jarritos and horchata is available. Bomb Tacos is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bomb Tacos, 616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 140, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-826-3515.
 
Sam Fox’s healthy fast-casual restaurant Flower Child opened its first location in Nevada on May 2, 2018, in the Rampart Commons, serving bowls, wraps, grains, greens, kombucha and a large variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The kitchen is helmed by executive chef Sean Rainaldi, who uses responsibly-sourced ingredients prepared from scratch. Power-packed proteins including all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic non-GMO tofu can be added to any salad, plate or bowl. Menu highlights include Vietnamese crunch, organic kale salads, avocado hummus and gluten-free chocolate pudding, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. The 5,590-square-foot restaurant offers lunch, dinner and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new restaurant is Flower Child’s 9th in the U.S. and founder Fox’s third culinary concept in Las Vegas, joining Culinary Dropout and North Italia. Flower Child, Rampart Commons, 1007 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-2545.
 
The healthy-casual eatery Portion Control has brought its guilt-free gourmet menu to Henderson with the opening of its second location, joining its other outpost at 9275 W. Russell Rd. Using high-quality ingredients that are preservative and additive free, executive chef Vince Upperman puts a healthy spin on classic comfort food with signature dishes including a Margarita cauliflower crust pizza with non-fat cheese, basil and tomatoes; a breakfast skillet with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and feta; mac and cheese with barbecue seasoned chicken, turkey bacon, veggie pasta, broccoli and vegan cheese sauce; bang bang chicken with grilled chicken breast, stir fry vegetable medley, zucchini noodles and a house firecracker sauce; and pesto shrimp made with asparagus, quinoa and house-made pesto sauce. Prices range from $5-$12 and Portion Control is open for dine-in, take-out or meal prep services Mon.-Sat. from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Portion Control, 2560 St. Rose Pkwy., Ste. 150, Henderson, NV 89074, 702-844-5680.
 
Once is now open in the space formerly occupied by Table 10 Once is now open in the space formerly occupied by Table 10 in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo. Pronounced “on-sey,” the name is Spanish for the number 11, representing Peruvian-born chef Ricardo Zarate’s spot in his line of 13 siblings. Zarate designed the décor to mimic his home country, with floor-to-ceiling living plant walls, a patio with five communal tables and live plants throughout the venue. Zarate’s menu introduces the Peruvian Nikkei dining experience, blending the flavors of Peru and Japan, with 11 sharable dishes inspired by his childhood, with items rotating weekly, such as shrimp and scallop dumplings, red snapper ceviche, braised duck leg, oxtail bibimbap and kampachi and calamari. In keeping with the numeric theme, 11 cocktails are offered, including V.I. Beet containing rye, Carpano Antica, Pierre Ferrand and bitters garnished with beet jerky and beet dust (dehydrated beets). Once is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m.-midnight. Once, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-3797.
 

Find more recent openings with our list of the Top 10 New & Notable Las Vegas Restaurants and round-up of all the NEW Restaurants in Las Vegas

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Station Casinos Restaurants to Participate in Restaurant Week
During Las Vegas Restaurant Week from June 18-29, several Station Casinos restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus, with $6 from every meal purchased donated to Three Square Food Bank. Ranging in price from $30-$80, menus include Sonoma Cellar at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, with warm spinach salad, bacon-wrapped scallops, dry-aged 20-oz prime NY steak and crème brûlée for $80; Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch Casino, with warm honey-grilled stone fruit salad, petite Creekstone NY strip and Hank’s chocolate bar for $50; The Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station with pan-fried pork belly, 12-oz NY steak and chocolate pecan tart for $40; and Lucky Penny at Palms with a choice of Zin-braised meatballs or buffalo wings “elote,” dirty burger, turkey and dressing or margherita pizza and red velvet lava brownie for $30. Visit the website for the full list of Restaurant Week participants and menus.
 
Las Vegas Restaurant Week Returns June 18-29
The 12th installment of Three Square Food Bank’s Las Vegas Restaurant Week will convene June 18-29. As in the past, more than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu — some for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner — at price points ranging from $20 to $80, with a portion of the proceeds from each meal donated to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank. Approximately two weeks before Las Vegas Restaurant Week begins, the mobile-friendly website helpoutdineoutlv.org will launch, providing a complete list of participating restaurants, prix-fixe menus and the option to make reservations. Interested restaurants should contact Three Square’s Kari Goldberg at 702-644-3663 ext. 332, or kgoldberg@threesquare.org.
 
Katsuya Offering Four-Course Tasting Menu for $50
Katsuya Japanese restaurant at the SLS Las Vegas is offering a four-course tasting menu priced at $50 per person. Courses are a choice of crispy rice with spicy tuna, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño or spicy albacore sashimi with crispy onions; crispy chicken salad, creamy rock shrimp or crispy Brussels sprouts; seafood yakisoba, mushroom bop or omakase sushi; and assorted mochi ice cream and seasonal fruit for dessert. Katsuya, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-761-7611.
 
Estiatorio Milos Offering Santorini Menu
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is offering a Santorini Menu priced at $49 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The four-course prix-fixe includes a complimentary amuse-bouche; choice of four seafood appetizers; Greek salad; main course of lavraki, big eye tuna, lamb chops, lobster pasta for two or grilled vegetables with mint Greek yogurt and Halloumi cheese; and dessert selection chosen by the chef. Blackout dates may apply. Estiatorio Milos, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 
Topgolf Introduces Spring Seasonal Selections Menu
Topgolf Las Vegas has introduced its new spring seasonal menu, which includes the spring meatball platter, a dish featuring chicken and lamb meatballs, arugula, shredded carrots, pickled onions, honey balsamic vinaigrette and tzatziki sauce that was selected as “The Winning Dish” from the Topgolf original series Chef Showdown hosted by celebrity chef Scott Conant. Other new items include a toast trio with pimento cheese on pumpernickel, avocado and cotija cheese on sourdough, and burrata and heirloom cherry tomatoes on sourdough; watermelon salad with feta and balsamic reduction; an ahi tuna and crab poke bowl; Korean steak lettuce wraps with ssamjang sauce; Thai chicken sticks with sweet soy; and strawberry shortcake layered with strawberry sorbet, sponge cake, strawberry compote and whipped cream. All of the new dishes are shareable and priced from $10-$16. Topgolf Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 4627 Koval Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-933-8458.
 
Weekend Lunch Trio Menu at Delmonico Steakhouse
Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian is offering a three-course weekend lunch menu for $38 every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through summer. While lunch menu items are subject to change based on seasonality and availability, options may include a choice of heirloom tomato soup with whipped ricotta and fresh basil, organic baby mixed green salad, French onion soup or beef carpaccio; bacon cheeseburger with apple bacon and sea salt fries, torchio pasta with wild mushrooms, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin salad, Creekstone Farms Angus tenderloin sandwich with sweet onion rings, fried young chicken with warm black-eyed pea salad or grilled all-natural chicken sandwich with fingerling potato salad; and banana cream parfait with caramel sauce, German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting or pecan pie with oatmeal shortbread crust, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. In addition, bottomless sangría is available for $17. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
 
Mob Museum Partnering with Oscar’s Steakhouse on Dinner & Admission
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (Mob Museum) is partnering with Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza Hotel & Casino on a package combining admission to the museum with a prix-fixe dinner at former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s namesake restaurant. The package, priced at $99, includes a cocktail and three-course menu consisting of Oscar’s chopped salad with onion strings; main entrée selection of 8-ounce filet mignon, chicken or salmon served with the chef’s choice of vegetable and potato; and dessert of New York cheesecake or trio of chocolate mousse. The package is available for purchase on the Oscar’s Steakhouse or Mob Museum websites or in person at either location. Package price does not include gratuity, blackout dates may apply and guests are encouraged to make dinner reservations online at the restaurant’s website or by calling 702-386-7227. Oscar’s Steakhouse, Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-386-2110.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

John Church has announced he will be leaving his executive chef role at Aureole to take the corporate chef position and become head of culinary development for Golden Entertainment. One of his first tasks in his new position will be revamping the Stratosphere’s restaurants, including Top of the World, and creating a pub and a steakhouse at the casino/hotel just north of the Vegas Strip, which was recently acquired by Golden Entertainment. Church will also be rebranding the culinary programs at other restaurants in Golden Entertainment’s holdings, which include PT’s, Arizona Charlie’s and casinos in Pahrump, Nev., Laughlin, Nev. and Flintstone, Md. Church has been at Aureole in Mandalay Bay since 2016 and before that had worked at Andre’s, Alize, RM Seafood, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, AJ’s Steakhouse, MTO Café and Artisanal Café. It has not yet been announced who will be replacing him at Aureole. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) will be closing three of its Las Vegas restaurants Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) will be closing three of its Las Vegas restaurants. Carnevino at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian will shutter July 27, 2018. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
 
Asian-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, after recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, has closed its gaming and all of its restaurants. The closure includes Dragon’s Alley, Pearl Ocean, Phoenix, Bao Now and Cha Garden.
 

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