Named after French icon Brigitte Bardot, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s newest concept at Aria is a sleek riff on the traditional Parisian brasserie. Mina’s menu pays tribute to the standards of French cooking, spotlighting dishes that include citrusy wood-grilled duck wings, steak frites, crepes with blue crab and wild mushrooms, and mussels dripping in garlic butter. The restaurant also features a carefully assembled wine list and a selection of old-school cocktails like the Charlemagne, with single-malt whiskey, dry vermouth, Chambord, pineapple, and lemon. 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-590-7111
The popular Southern Highlands restaurant Off the Strip debuted a two-story location at The Linq in December of 2014. The new outpost, which happens to overlook the Strip, is open 24 hours every day of the week to accommodate all manner of hungry night owls. Expect a diverse selection of approachable dishes, ranging from fried-chicken sliders and pulled-pork sandwiches to filet mignon and thick-cut sirloin burgers topped with hickory smoked bacon and cheddar. Watching your weight? The eatery also serves up plenty of lighter options, like fresh pastas, grilled vegetable platters, and salads. 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-331-6800
The East Coast burger chain founded by restaurateur Danny Meyer has finally ventured out west with an outpost at New York-New York. Just across the hotel’s Brooklyn Bridge, the fast-casual restaurant offers all of the classic treats that the cult favorite is known for (think burgers with applewood smoked bacon, flat-top hot dogs, and cheese fries), in addition to a handful of frozen desserts developed specifically for the Vegas market, like the All Shook Up, a frozen vanilla custard mixed with banana-peanut butter cheesecake and chocolate toffee. 3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 725-222-6730
Also new to the scene at New York-New York, upscale sports bar Tom’s Urban offers a menu that draws inspiration from a variety of international cuisines. The restaurant’s selection of flavor-packed small bites includes treats like street tacos and Buffalo chicken sliders served on buttery brioche buns, while a larger menu of entrées features highlights like French pan-roasted chicken, slow-cooked barbecue ribs, and a decadent take on macaroni and cheese made with lobster and shrimp. 3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-740-6766
Despite arriving from Miami just a few weeks ago, Yardbird at Venetian has already garnered quite a bit of praise for its Southern-style comfort foods and specialty drinks. The brunch and supper menus here are broad enough to satisfy even the most particular diners, and the dishes—which run the gamut from chicken biscuits with pepper jelly and pickles to a fried green tomato “BLT” stuffed with pork belly and tomato jam—definitely won’t disappoint (or leave anyone hungry). 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-297-6541
Plus: 4 Restaurants to Look Forward To…
The wait is almost over for Glutton, a Downtown neighborhood joint specializing in savory meats, house-made pastas, and seafood from the Pacific Northwest, which is set to open late this February. In early spring, Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt and Made L.V. will debut their latest project, Andiron Steak & Sea, at Downtown Summerlin, while Julian Serrano will grace Bellagio with his first Italian restaurant, Lago, and Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey will collaborate with Hakkasan Group on Searsucker, a farm-fresh concept adjacent to Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace.