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Handcrafted’s libations, small plates and epic views are a feast for the senses

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Signature cocktail The 16.

The first thing you’ll notice about 16—A Handcrafted Experience is the view. Located on the 16th floor of M Resort, the restaurant’s wall-to-ceiling windows and rooftop deck allow for show-stopping vistas of the entire Valley, with the Strip at center stage. Just sitting in the restaurant feels like an elevated experience.

With such an extraordinary environment, it might be hard for guests to focus on their food. So Executive Chef Matthew Borowski, who also runs Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood Restaurant on M Resort’s main floor, created a shareable plates menu that commands attention. The Grilled Wagyu Tableside ($32) comes thin-sliced with a hot lava stone for DIY diners. Pan-Seared Hokkaido Diver Scallops ($19) are fresh and tender. The Tuna Sashimi ($19) presents bluefin, bigeye and yellowtail on a bed of edible flowers frozen in ice. Try the Upside Down Chocolate Lava Cake A La Mode ($6) for a towering dessert adventure.

The bar features a “Wine ATM” along with a cocktail menu divided into thirds: Signature, Mid-Century Modern (Moscow Mule, Mojito, Paper Plane) and Classic (Mai Tai, Old Fashioned, Negroni, Sidecar). The namesake cocktail, simply called The 16 ($16) combines 16 different secret flavors. I detected hints of lime, cinnamon, nutmeg, passion fruit and rose. Signature cocktail Pompelmo Spritz ($16) is the perfect refresher for a summer night: Italicus Bergamotto liqueur, Cartron Pamplemousse liqueur, San Pellegrino grapefruit soda and Mionetto Prosecco. Like the restaurant itself, the many ingredients came together in a pleasing harmony.

16—A Handcrafted Experience Friday–Tuesday, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. M Resort, 702-797-1215.

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