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Where To Eat Right Now: The Eater Heatmap — Feb. 2014

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgMore often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater 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 "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


March 6: Added: Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, Nosh & Swig, Novecento Pizzeria 900, Yonaka Japanese Restaurant & Lounge; Deleted: Rattlecan (closed), Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Those Guys Pies

April 4: Added Vic's; Deleted Chada Thai & Wine

May 2: Added Viva Las Arepas

June 6: Added: Hakkasan, Hops & Harvest, Kuma Snow Cream, Press; Deleted: Bacchanal Buffet, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Meatball Spot, Tetsu, Vic's

July 11: Added: Pub 1842, Rx Boiler Room, FIVE50 Pizza Bar; Deleted: Eat, Honey Salt, Nosh & Swig

Aug. 1: Added: Kumi by Akira Back and Nobu; Deleted: Andrea's, Forte Creative Tapas, Poppy Den

Sept. 5: Added: Art of Flavors, Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse, Lulu's Bread & Breakfast, Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

Oct. 3: Added: Andrea's, Sweets Raku; Deleted: Fat Choy

Nov. 5: Added Buddy V's Ristorante, Pizza Rock, Settebello

Dec. 5: Added: Container Park, MTO Cafe

Jan. 2: Added: B&B Burger & Beer, Crush, Jayde Fuzion; Deleted: Hops & Harvest, Press, Viva Las Arepas, Pub 1842, Rx Boiler Room, Nobu, Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, FIVE50 Pizza Bar, Andrea's

Feb. 6: Added: 1900 Asian Cuisine, Desnudo Tacos, Rose.Rabbit.Liee. and Soho Japanese Restaurant; Deleted: Hakkasan, Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak and Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1900 Asian Cuisine

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5115 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV
This may well be the best Chinese restaurant in Vegas, serving up Shanghai cuisine such as green onion pancakes and exquisite dumplings.

2. Abriya Raku

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5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ask any chef in Vegas where to dine and the magical phrase Aburiya Raku slips off their lips. Mitsuo Endo simply makes some of the best Japanese food in town with nary a sushi on the menu.

3. Art of Flavors Gelato

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1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Restauranteur Felix Arellano of Viva Las Arepas fame opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (S'mores).

4. B&B Burger & Beer

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's new joint at the Venetian brings a bevy of burgers, including the popular Drive Thru, and a hefty list of craft beers.

5. Buddy V's Ristorante

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3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro brings his first restaurant to Las Vegas replete with Italian dishes from his family recipes and over-the-top desserts.

6. Container Park

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707 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Small restaurants such as Pinches Tacos, Big Ern's BBQ, Pork & Beans and Bin 702 find a home inside shipping containers. Permanent? Temporary? A little of each.

7. Crush

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Find dishes meant to be shared and an edited wine list at this new restaurant from Michael and Jenna Morton at the MGM Grand.

8. Desnudo Tacos

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3240 Arville St.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 982-6435
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Christopher Palmeri and Christian Dolias have a hit on their hands with Desnudo Tacos and its Mexican street fare. Run, don't walk, for the tacos al pastor and rotating list of rice and bean side dishes.

9. é Bar by José Andrés

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Reservations are nearly impossible to get at this private dining experience inside Jaleo, José Andrés’ tapas spot. But those who do swoon over the 18 or so courses that come out at this intimate dining experience for eight.

10. Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse

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440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Sam Marvin's two-story steakhouse and butchery gives you another reason to head to Tivoli Village. Head here for reasonably priced lunches and dinners with beef taking center stage.

11. Jayde Fuzion

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12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Henderson, NV 89044
(702) 797-1000
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Seonkyoung Longest won her chance to run her own restaurant when she competed on Restaurant Express. Now she's serving up contemporary Asian fare including many of the dishes she made on the show at the M Resort.

12. Kuma Snow Cream

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3735 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 816-5862
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Jet Tila returns to Vegas with a dessert shop featuring the delicious snow cream, named for the texture of snow and the taste of ice cream. Order up one of five combinations such as the Mangozilla with mango snow cream, mochi, strawberries, Cap’n Crunch and mango sauce or create your own. The logo is reason enough to head here.

13. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

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3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
Japanese dishes with a Korean-American twist make a home at Akira Back's newest restaurant. The 007 Octopussy roll is a must-order.

14. Lulu's Bread & Breakfast

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6720 Sky Pointe Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 437-5858
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This bakery, breakfast and lunch spot is worth the drive up north. Look for an ever-changing menu of dishes such as eggs on a soft roll, frittatas and stuffed French toast for breakfast and salads and sandwiches for lunch. Look for the meatloaf with white cheddar and pulled pork with cilantro and pickled veggies on the sandwich board as well as a rotating collection of grilled cheeses.

15. MTO Café

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500 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 380-8229
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This new breakfast and lunch spot in the parking garage for City Hall has become a destination for Downtowners in its short tenure.

16. Novecento Pizzeria 900

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5605 Centennial Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89149
(702) 685-4900
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Chef Marc Sgrizzi, who already has Parma, just opened a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in his 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds.

17. Pizza Rock

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201 N. Third St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-0838
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Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.

18. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7440
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This new restaurant, bar and entertainment venue inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves up some of the most creative dishes such as caviar tacos, a beef Wellington served in a puff pastry atrium, crispy oysters Rockefeller and more, all hearkening back to a more sophisticated era of dining. The entertainment alone is reason to belly up to the bar for a drink from the very serious cocktail program.

19. Settebello Pizzeria

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9350 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Authentic pizzas from Napoli that cook up in 90 seconds find a second Vegas home on the westside this time. Here find the chain's first hand-crafted cocktail menu as well as an expanded wine menu and a draft beer selection.

20. Soho Japanese Restaurant

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7377 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 776-7778
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Former executive chef at Social House John Chien Lee opens Soho Japanese Restaurant in the southwest with Asian fusion, Japanese fare and sushi for lunch and dinner.

21. Sweets Raku

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5040 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146
The sidekick to Raku has a veritable three-course dessert menu that changes all the time. Go.

1. 1900 Asian Cuisine

5115 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV
This may well be the best Chinese restaurant in Vegas, serving up Shanghai cuisine such as green onion pancakes and exquisite dumplings.
5115 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV

2. Abriya Raku

5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ask any chef in Vegas where to dine and the magical phrase Aburiya Raku slips off their lips. Mitsuo Endo simply makes some of the best Japanese food in town with nary a sushi on the menu.
5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

3. Art of Flavors Gelato

1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104
Restauranteur Felix Arellano of Viva Las Arepas fame opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (S'mores).
1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. B&B Burger & Beer

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's new joint at the Venetian brings a bevy of burgers, including the popular Drive Thru, and a hefty list of craft beers.
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

5. Buddy V's Ristorante

3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro brings his first restaurant to Las Vegas replete with Italian dishes from his family recipes and over-the-top desserts.
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Container Park

707 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Small restaurants such as Pinches Tacos, Big Ern's BBQ, Pork & Beans and Bin 702 find a home inside shipping containers. Permanent? Temporary? A little of each.
707 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

7. Crush

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Find dishes meant to be shared and an edited wine list at this new restaurant from Michael and Jenna Morton at the MGM Grand.
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Desnudo Tacos

3240 Arville St., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Christopher Palmeri and Christian Dolias have a hit on their hands with Desnudo Tacos and its Mexican street fare. Run, don't walk, for the tacos al pastor and rotating list of rice and bean side dishes.
3240 Arville St.
Las Vegas, NV 89102

9. é Bar by José Andrés

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Reservations are nearly impossible to get at this private dining experience inside Jaleo, José Andrés’ tapas spot. But those who do swoon over the 18 or so courses that come out at this intimate dining experience for eight.
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

10. Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse

440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Sam Marvin's two-story steakhouse and butchery gives you another reason to head to Tivoli Village. Head here for reasonably priced lunches and dinners with beef taking center stage.
440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

11. Jayde Fuzion

12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044
Seonkyoung Longest won her chance to run her own restaurant when she competed on Restaurant Express. Now she's serving up contemporary Asian fare including many of the dishes she made on the show at the M Resort.
12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Henderson, NV 89044

12. Kuma Snow Cream

3735 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Jet Tila returns to Vegas with a dessert shop featuring the delicious snow cream, named for the texture of snow and the taste of ice cream. Order up one of five combinations such as the Mangozilla with mango snow cream, mochi, strawberries, Cap’n Crunch and mango sauce or create your own. The logo is reason enough to head here.
3735 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102

13. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
Japanese dishes with a Korean-American twist make a home at Akira Back's newest restaurant. The 007 Octopussy roll is a must-order.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV

14. Lulu's Bread & Breakfast

6720 Sky Pointe Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131
This bakery, breakfast and lunch spot is worth the drive up north. Look for an ever-changing menu of dishes such as eggs on a soft roll, frittatas and stuffed French toast for breakfast and salads and sandwiches for lunch. Look for the meatloaf with white cheddar and pulled pork with cilantro and pickled veggies on the sandwich board as well as a rotating collection of grilled cheeses.
6720 Sky Pointe Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89131

15. MTO Café

500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
This new breakfast and lunch spot in the parking garage for City Hall has become a destination for Downtowners in its short tenure.
500 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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16. Novecento Pizzeria 900

5605 Centennial Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89149
Chef Marc Sgrizzi, who already has Parma, just opened a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in his 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds.
5605 Centennial Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89149

17. Pizza Rock

201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.
201 N. Third St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

18. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This new restaurant, bar and entertainment venue inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves up some of the most creative dishes such as caviar tacos, a beef Wellington served in a puff pastry atrium, crispy oysters Rockefeller and more, all hearkening back to a more sophisticated era of dining. The entertainment alone is reason to belly up to the bar for a drink from the very serious cocktail program.
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

19. Settebello Pizzeria

9350 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117
Authentic pizzas from Napoli that cook up in 90 seconds find a second Vegas home on the westside this time. Here find the chain's first hand-crafted cocktail menu as well as an expanded wine menu and a draft beer selection.
9350 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

20. Soho Japanese Restaurant

7377 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
Former executive chef at Social House John Chien Lee opens Soho Japanese Restaurant in the southwest with Asian fusion, Japanese fare and sushi for lunch and dinner.
7377 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139

21. Sweets Raku

5040 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146
The sidekick to Raku has a veritable three-course dessert menu that changes all the time. Go.
5040 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146

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