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, and what’s hot. 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. The Eater Heatmap changes continually to always highlight where the food lovers are flocking to at the moment.
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La Mona Rosa
Executive Chefs Isidro Marquez-Castillo’s and Daniel Arias introduce a refined vision of regional Mexican cuisines through small plates, tostadas, tacos, and entrees. The cocktail menu leams toward tequilas, with food and drink available into late night. Look up to see the pink monkey dangling from an oversized disco ball in the rafters.
ZAI Restaurant & Bar
Located on Fremont Street, across the street from Downtown Container Park, the Mexico-based restaurant has appetizers like corn ribs topped with cotija cheese, Tajin, cilantro, and Pop Rocks candy. A sushi bunker piles shrimp, crab, cucumber, and avocado into a stack with eel sauce. Enchiladas come filled with duck confit, and Chinese-style pancakes are topped with smoky chilhuacle sauce. For dessert, maiz ice cream comes with berries and cinnamon popcorn.
A managing partner with Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group opened 1228 as a bakery, bar, and restaurant. The bakery bakes crunchy sourdough and lattice-scored dark bread. The lunch menu highlights sandwiches like grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato soup, a prosciutto sandwich on a baguette, and a croissant egg salad sandwich. Dinner is a more formal affair and the bar is open late.
Red Rock Resorts debuted two new restaurants, Naxos Taverna and Kallisto Oyster Bar at Naxos. Naxos Taverna boasts an open kitchen where guests can watch the preparation of whole fish, like that of lavraki and skorpina. The adjacent oyster bar has 25 types of fish and several varieties of oysters, other seafood specialties, and a pan roast at an intimate 13-seat bar.
Daeho Kalbijjim & Beef Soup
Ever since Daeho Kalbijjim first opened in Japantown in San Francisco in 2019, it has consistently attracted hours-long waits for its namesake kalbijjim — a huge shareable bowl of spicy-sweet short rib stew that is covered in melting cheese and flambéed tableside. Its hot stone bibimbap bowls sizzle when brought to the table, with layers of rice and vegetables, and generous banchan vegetable dishes on the side. Its kalbi tang soups marry a savory broth with tender meat and satisfyingly chewy glass noodles.
Chef Eyal Shani conjures words like “vibration” and “energy” when talking about his food, describing vegetables as “mysterious creatures” that need to “seduce” him. His Las Vegas outpost of New York clubstaurant HaSalon takes over the 11,000-square-foot space where customers are invited to dance on the tables, DJs blare high-tempo music, and the house lights give way to strobes and fire.
Stanton Social Prime Restaurant
Chef Chris Santos’s spin-off of his famed New York steakhouse Stanton Social is now open at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The velvety and gem-toned restaurant boasts made-for-Instagram plates of microgreen-sprinkled bone marrow, heaping bowls of lobster macaroni and cheese, and tomahawk steaks suspended by fairy lights and set aflame were paraded through the chandelier-lit dining room.
No Pants at Absinthe
The new burger joint inside Absinthe’s Green Fairy Garden opens an hour before showtime to serve a tight menu of burgers, vegan burgers, and tots.
Laguna Pool House & Kitchen
A new poolside restaurant at the Palms Place condo hotel, adjacent to the Palms Casino Resort is now open. The menu has pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers. But the largest section on the menu is reserved for large servings, meant to be shared with groups of four to six. There’s a fruit platter of melon, pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, and berries for $75. A platter of pizza, chicken wings, chicken tenders, and garlic knots is available for $115 and another option is the $350 sushi boat with assorted rolls and nigiri.
A Mexican restaurant has moved into the long-empty restaurant space on the casino floor of the Palms Casino Resort. La Popular CDMX offers traditional Mexican favorites, cocktails served in fun barware, and updated decor inside the space that used to be Bobby Flay’s Shark. There’s an all-day breakfast menu, 80 labels of tequila, and a dedicated taco bar.
Mark Wahlberg’s second location of his burger joint, Wahlburgers, in Las Vegas serves burgers and menu items like a chicken salad, a salmon street corn salad, crispy fish, and crispy chicken sandwiches.
James Beard Award winner and public television star Martin Yan debuted his first Las Vegas restaurant, M.Y. Asia, on the Las Vegas Strip. Yan’s restaurant reflects his decades-long career and his extensive travels in a casual restaurant with a Pan-Asian menu that offers Thai yellow coconut curry with chicken, mu shu pork tacos with hoisin sauce, a sizzling black pepper steak with mushrooms, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass in jasmine tea with a miso ginger honey glaze.
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Sports Kitchen
Guy Fieri’s new restaurant celebrates all things sports under the deep-fried sheen of the type of food Food Network star has become known for. There’s the trash can nachos also found at El Burro Barracho, though the Flavortown version is cheeseburger-inspired with pickles and burger sauce. Also on the menu are pretzel bites loaded with cheese and bacon. And the doughnut burger is tempura-battered, deep-fried, and glazed.
Ocean Prime Las Vegas
With rooftop views, smoking seafood towers, and three bars, the city’s newest steakhouse is the anchor tenant in the new 63 building, located near the Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. The 14,500-square-foot restaurant cost $20 million to develop. Inside the stylish dining room or on the wrap-around terrace, indulge in steak, smoking seafood towers, and sushi.
Imported from NYC’s East Village, the Las Vegas location of Cathedrale is dark and sultry, with low lighting, shining metal accents, and a menu that draws on the flavors of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Its style is consistent with other Tao Group Hospitality venues — like Beauty & Essex, Lavo Italian Restaurant, and Stanton Social Prime — that favor low lighting, luxe details, and a vibe that poises diners to migrate to nightclubs after dinner. The signature Omelette ($37) is creamy and warm, plated with potato chips, kaluga caviar, and crème fraîche.