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Round­ing out our list of fa­vorites from the past year is Crush (at left), a cel­e­bra­tion of tastes from across the globe, pre­sented in an ar­ray of large and small plates de­signed to be shared; we love the deca­dent ri­cotta gnoc­chi, the re­fresh­ing oc­to­pus ce­viche and the sim­ply divine short rib. MGM Grand, (702) 891-3222. The sa­vory Ital­ian restau­rant Portofino is so unique, chef Michael LaPlaca cre­ated his very own pasta: Ri­patelli, with pesto and house-made sausage; we also like the deca­dent Bur­rata Ag­nolotti, with lob­ster, chanterelle mush­rooms and roasted corn but­ter. Mirage, (702) 791-7416. The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of Mar­torano’s, at Paris, of­fers ex­panded menu choices, such as hoa­gies, chicken cut­lets and cheeses­teaks—and it’s also open for lunch—but it’s got the same hap­penin’ vibe as the Rio orig­i­nal. Paris, (702) 946-4656. And when we need our fix of hearty Ja­panese noo­dles, de­li­cious buns and hot street food, we head for Yusho, where the hot grill pro­vides in­tense fla­vors from sea­sonal pro­teins and vegetables, grilled to or­der. Ear­lier this win­ter, Yusho chef Brian Lhee was named Eater Ve­gas’ 2014 Chef of the Year. Monte Carlo, (702) 730-7777. Last but cer­tainly not least, we can’t say enough good things about the restau­rant on ev­ery­one’s lips, Bazaar Meat, José An­drés’ trib­ute to all things car­niv­o­rous—and meats of all kinds, from meats of the sea to meats from the gar­den. His in­no­va­tive con­cept has won over crit­ics, celebri­ties, lo­cals, the jet-set and vis­i­tors alike.

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