Best New Restaurants
Bouchon With this branch of his modestly priced Napa restaurant Bouchon, superstar chef Thomas Keller (of the French Laundry in Napa and Per Se in New York City) has brought an authentic bistro feel to Las Vegas. The near-perfect dining room, designed by Adam Tihany, is all dark wood and French tiles; the menu of brilliantly executed classics like roasted chicken and trout amandine hits all the right notes, with most entrées priced under $25. DETAILS The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-414-6200.
Fleur de Lys and Burger Bar Fans of chef Hubert Keller (of San Francisco's Fleur de Lys) can get a double dose of his cooking in Vegas now that he has opened two places. At the elegant Fleur de Lys, he creates playful dishes like "blackjack" of cod brandadearranged to look like playing cardsalong with more sober but equally unforgettable creations like slow-roasted Alaskan king salmon on cauliflower couscous. At Burger Bar, he serves beef, lamb, turkey and salmon burgersand a $60 Wagyu beef burger with black truffles. DETAILS Fleur de Lys, Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-9400. Burger Bar, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-9364.