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A selection of dishes at Nobu
A selection of dishes at Nobu, newly opened in the Paris.
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The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Las Vegas, May 2022

Octopus served on a sword, New Jersey-leaning Italian dishes, and the return of a hit barbecue restaurant

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A selection of dishes at Nobu, newly opened in the Paris.
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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater editors have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the latest openings. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the food lovers are flocking to at the moment.

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1. The Pepper Club

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921 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(725) 228-2393

The Pepper Club opened in February inside the new English Hotel, a project that promises to make chef Todd English an international hotelier. The menu combines mediterranean influenced with Japanese ingredients for dishes like a burger that piles a tangle of soba noodles on the bun as well a sushi, fried rice, and a sizable bar where guests can drink through a menu of custom cocktails. The dessert menu suggests that guests add a night at the hotel, where they can wake up and enjoy brunch at the restaurant or next to the small but sunny pool.

2. Lost Spirits Distillery Las Vegas

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3202 W Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 213-4888
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Based on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, this over two-hour, 16-course dinner that just debuted at Lost Spirits Distillery begins in a space that looks like a submarine before moving into an opulent dining room where dinner takes place in four parts. Dishes include an octopus served on a sword, a pig’s head brought out in the dark, and caviar-topped eggs serves in a Faberge egg. The dining room only seats 12, and diners can book any number of those seats (or all of them for a private dinner). Tickets are $240 per person and include a distillery tour.

3. Pho Ga Tony Tony

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3775 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(725) 204-8084

Pho Ga Tony Tony opened in February in Chinatown, bringing it’s chicken pho, which it claims is “so good you’ll cry” to the Vegas masses. The order is obviously chicken pho, though they also serve beef noodles and a few other types of soup. Add on a quarter, half, or whole of their incredibly silky poached chicken to your order and enjoy in the restaurants comfortable dining room.

A white bowl of noodle soup.
The famed chicken pho bowl from Pho Ga Tony Tony.
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4. The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro

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3535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro is all about the “mutz” at his newest Vegas offering, which swung open April 25 at the Linq hotel. An open kitchen offers diners views of the kitchen staff pulling fresh mozzarella (topped options like pesto and roasted peppers, and served with warm bread) at the restaurant’s Mozz Bar. Italian American sandwiches with names like “Hoboken Havana” and the “Jersey Boy,” pizzas, and desserts round out a menu that aims to transport diners to the neighborhood delis of New York and New Jersey. Boss Cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Mabel's BBQ

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4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 944-5931
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After a two-year hiatus, the Palms made its long-anticipated return in late April 2022, bringing with it the much-missed Mabel’s. Chef Michael Symon’s beer, barbecue, and Bourbon joint dishes smoked brisket and pork belly by the half-pound, along with sandwiches and sides. Located in a nearly 10,000-square-foot space at the Palms, a large patio beer garden makes it even better with games and frozen cocktails.

6. Scotch 80 Prime

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4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(866) 942-7772
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Another hit restaurant just back from the Palm’s two-year hiatus, Scotch 80 Prime made a name with tableside carts, a $3 million dollar whiskey collection, and an art collection that includes pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst, and Scott Hove. The menu includes steaks, seafood, and sides like “millionaire’s maccheroni” with prosciutto, black truffle, poached egg, parmesan cream, and gold leaf. Opening hours are Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Scotch 80 is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

7. Nobu at Paris Las Vegas

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3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-4007
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With the late-April opening of the newest Nobu in Vegas, it’s clear Las Vegas hasn’t had enough of Nobu Matsuhisa’s fusion cuisine that melds traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. In an intimate dining room (140 seats) bathed in natural wood, diners can enjoy Nobu’s popular dishes like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, black cod dry miso, as well as vegan and vegetarian items. Nobu is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

8. Vanderpump à Paris

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3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 946-4217
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Celebrity restaurants continue to dominate the Strip, and Lisa Vanderpump’s extremely weird new restaurant is a long-anticipated arrival. It’s designed to feel like traveling to Paris, but in a dark, gothic kind of way. A high-tech image behind the main bar shows a rain-soaked Paris to set the mood, and the drinks are broadly French with lots of Vanderpump branded liquor and wine. The food is designed for sharing and nibbling while drinking, and some of it arrives to the table in birdcages, which is original, if not particularly appealing.

A white tableclothed table covered in plates of food.
A table of food at Vanderpump a Paris.
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9. Nusr-Et Las Vegas

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3786 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 623-0664
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keep Salt Bae, aka Nusret Gokce, the Turkish butcher turned social media star known for his unique technique of sprinkling salt off his elbow and onto large hunks of bloody meat, opened a Vegas outpost of his steakhouse in February. It’s a dark, sexy space with a menu of extremely expensive cuts of meat that can be made more expensive (though, notably, not more delicious) by having them covered in gold leaf. The focus is on the meat here, but desserts are inspired by Gokce’s Turkish background, with dishes like an Ottoman salad and baklava (also available wrapped in gold leaf.)

A man in sunglasses sprinkles salt on a steak.
Salt Bae doing his signature salt-dashing move over a sliced steak.
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10. Rosa Ristorante

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3145 St Rose Pkwy #120
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 478-9200
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Chef and owner Rob Moore’s Italian American restaurant debuted on April 27 in the space that was formerly Blume Kitchen and Cocktails. The menu, which tips a cap to Moore’s New Jersey upbringing, includes cheese-laced risotto fritters, linguini with clam sauce, steaks, pizzas, and salads. Opening hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

1. The Pepper Club

921 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

The Pepper Club opened in February inside the new English Hotel, a project that promises to make chef Todd English an international hotelier. The menu combines mediterranean influenced with Japanese ingredients for dishes like a burger that piles a tangle of soba noodles on the bun as well a sushi, fried rice, and a sizable bar where guests can drink through a menu of custom cocktails. The dessert menu suggests that guests add a night at the hotel, where they can wake up and enjoy brunch at the restaurant or next to the small but sunny pool.

921 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. Lost Spirits Distillery Las Vegas

3202 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Based on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, this over two-hour, 16-course dinner that just debuted at Lost Spirits Distillery begins in a space that looks like a submarine before moving into an opulent dining room where dinner takes place in four parts. Dishes include an octopus served on a sword, a pig’s head brought out in the dark, and caviar-topped eggs serves in a Faberge egg. The dining room only seats 12, and diners can book any number of those seats (or all of them for a private dinner). Tickets are $240 per person and include a distillery tour.

3202 W Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

3. Pho Ga Tony Tony

3775 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
A white bowl of noodle soup.
The famed chicken pho bowl from Pho Ga Tony Tony.
Pho Ga Tony Tony/Instagram

Pho Ga Tony Tony opened in February in Chinatown, bringing it’s chicken pho, which it claims is “so good you’ll cry” to the Vegas masses. The order is obviously chicken pho, though they also serve beef noodles and a few other types of soup. Add on a quarter, half, or whole of their incredibly silky poached chicken to your order and enjoy in the restaurants comfortable dining room.

3775 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

4. The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro

3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro is all about the “mutz” at his newest Vegas offering, which swung open April 25 at the Linq hotel. An open kitchen offers diners views of the kitchen staff pulling fresh mozzarella (topped options like pesto and roasted peppers, and served with warm bread) at the restaurant’s Mozz Bar. Italian American sandwiches with names like “Hoboken Havana” and the “Jersey Boy,” pizzas, and desserts round out a menu that aims to transport diners to the neighborhood delis of New York and New Jersey. Boss Cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3535 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

5. Mabel's BBQ

4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

After a two-year hiatus, the Palms made its long-anticipated return in late April 2022, bringing with it the much-missed Mabel’s. Chef Michael Symon’s beer, barbecue, and Bourbon joint dishes smoked brisket and pork belly by the half-pound, along with sandwiches and sides. Located in a nearly 10,000-square-foot space at the Palms, a large patio beer garden makes it even better with games and frozen cocktails.

4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

6. Scotch 80 Prime

4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Another hit restaurant just back from the Palm’s two-year hiatus, Scotch 80 Prime made a name with tableside carts, a $3 million dollar whiskey collection, and an art collection that includes pieces from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Damien Hirst, and Scott Hove. The menu includes steaks, seafood, and sides like “millionaire’s maccheroni” with prosciutto, black truffle, poached egg, parmesan cream, and gold leaf. Opening hours are Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Scotch 80 is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

7. Nobu at Paris Las Vegas

3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

With the late-April opening of the newest Nobu in Vegas, it’s clear Las Vegas hasn’t had enough of Nobu Matsuhisa’s fusion cuisine that melds traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. In an intimate dining room (140 seats) bathed in natural wood, diners can enjoy Nobu’s popular dishes like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, black cod dry miso, as well as vegan and vegetarian items. Nobu is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Vanderpump à Paris

3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A white tableclothed table covered in plates of food.
A table of food at Vanderpump a Paris.
Palm + Ocean

Celebrity restaurants continue to dominate the Strip, and Lisa Vanderpump’s extremely weird new restaurant is a long-anticipated arrival. It’s designed to feel like traveling to Paris, but in a dark, gothic kind of way. A high-tech image behind the main bar shows a rain-soaked Paris to set the mood, and the drinks are broadly French with lots of Vanderpump branded liquor and wine. The food is designed for sharing and nibbling while drinking, and some of it arrives to the table in birdcages, which is original, if not particularly appealing.

3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

9. Nusr-Et Las Vegas

3786 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A man in sunglasses sprinkles salt on a steak.
Salt Bae doing his signature salt-dashing move over a sliced steak.
Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

keep Salt Bae, aka Nusret Gokce, the Turkish butcher turned social media star known for his unique technique of sprinkling salt off his elbow and onto large hunks of bloody meat, opened a Vegas outpost of his steakhouse in February. It’s a dark, sexy space with a menu of extremely expensive cuts of meat that can be made more expensive (though, notably, not more delicious) by having them covered in gold leaf. The focus is on the meat here, but desserts are inspired by Gokce’s Turkish background, with dishes like an Ottoman salad and baklava (also available wrapped in gold leaf.)

3786 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

10. Rosa Ristorante

3145 St Rose Pkwy #120, Henderson, NV 89052

Chef and owner Rob Moore’s Italian American restaurant debuted on April 27 in the space that was formerly Blume Kitchen and Cocktails. The menu, which tips a cap to Moore’s New Jersey upbringing, includes cheese-laced risotto fritters, linguini with clam sauce, steaks, pizzas, and salads. Opening hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

3145 St Rose Pkwy #120
Henderson, NV 89052

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