I know, I know ... you’ve heard this before. There’s a new bar and restaurant on the Strip doing its take on comfort food. I wasn’t excited either. I scoped out a menu that incorporates everything—tacos, pizzas, small plates, steaks, sandwiches—and thought the same thing you did: Here we go again. Then I took a bite. And another. I couldn’t stop. I tried as many different dishes as I could at Tom’s Urban, and each flavor-packed offering outdid the one before it. Make no mistake: This giant new Strip-side outpost is definitely all about the party, packed with three bars and plenty of patio. But the food is serious. Well, seriously fun. Here are the must-try dishes for your first visit to Tom’s; after these, choose your own delicious adventure.
Tom’s Urban New York-New York, 702-740-6766. Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-2 a.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 a.m.- 4 a.m.
Is this a burger? Or is it a spicy, saucy, egg-topped hangover breakfast? Can’t it be both? Knife and fork your way through this masterpiece, taking note of the butter-toasted brioche bun, three cheeses and the righteously fiery, gleefully unavoidable green chili pork. ($21.50)
Sticky Belly Steamed Buns
Everybody’s doing pork belly buns. Tom’s nails down the steamed bread and the crunchy Asian slaw, then changes up the piggy with smoky, savory notes. It’s more bacon-y than you thought, and it makes you happy. ($9)
Butter Poached Lobster and Shrimp Tacos
There are five different street tacos on the menu, but the sweet, succulent seafood option is founder Tom Ryan’s favorite. This is what we imagine the food at a taco truck in Maine would taste like. ($22)
Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings
This is the stuff of pure snack-food fantasy, a magical hybrid of traditional wings, duck confit and sticky-sweet barbecue. Ridiculously tender, perfectly crispy duck meat is slathered in a punched-up hoisin glaze with a little peanut slaw on the side. You’ll never stop eating these. ($13)
Prime Rib Philly Cheesesteak Dip
Mashing up a cheesesteak with a French dip is a natural. Tom’s elevates this satisfying sandwich by meating out. There’s 12 ounces of medium rare, shaved prime rib on this slightly sweet roll, plus a thick layer of havarti and beef demi-glace “jus” and horseradish cream for your dipping pleasure. ($23)