Call 2017 the year that off-Strip restaurants outshined new openings on the Strip. Andre’s Bar & Bistro, The Black Sheep, Boteco, and Sparrow & Wolf brought diversity along with Stripp-trained chefs with food to match to the dining scene off the Strip. Chinatown shined with Yasiknara with pricey Korean fare, 8oz Korean Steak House & Bar with Korean barbecue, Cafe Sanuki with Japanese udon on the cheap, and Mian Sichuan Noodles from the owners of Chengdu Taste.
On the Strip, the year started with Cosmopolitan unveiling David Chang’s first Las Vegas restaurant, and then London-based izakaya Zuma, followed by Blue Ribbon from the Bromberg brothers. Lorena Garcia, the Venezuelan chef who competed on Top Chef Masters, became the first Hispanic woman to open a restaurant on the Strip, debuting Chica in May at the Venetian. The Monte Carlo continues its transformation into the Park MGM and NoMad in 2018, but Primrose, a three-meal restaurant with a French twist, and Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar already set the tone for the resort that will include Eataly and NoMad from the Sydell Group. Plus, two new buffets let diners eat their fill of food.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest restaurant openings in 2017, enough to try one new place every week for a year.
• All Year in Eater [ELV]