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Jean Georges Steakhouse still anchors Aria’s upstairs array

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Go grand at Jean Georges Steakhouse.

The restaurants on the promenade level of the Aria resort are some of the newest, hottest dining destinations on the Strip—Carbone for Italian, Bardot Brasserie for French, Herringbone for seafood ... even the excellent buffet has been updated in recent years.

But the one restaurant up here that hasn’t changed since Aria opened in 2009 is the one that hasn’t needed any adjustment. World-conquering chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first Vegas endeavor was Prime at Bellagio, still one of the most successful restaurants in the Strip’s history, so it only made sense to have him create a more modern concept at Aria.

Just as its sleek, dark design offers something different, Jean Georges Steakhouse applies thoughtful twists and turns to a classic cuisine: black truffle fritters and lime salt decorating the steak tartare; a dash of chile in the Caesar; Dungeness dumplings instead of crab cakes. The beef program rivals any on the Boulevard, with creatively sourced cuts spending time on a woodburning grill before landing on your plate with a choice of hot sauce, soy-miso butter, bernaise or classic tangy steak sauce. Get them all. In fact, grab some of the steak accompaniments, too, from bone marrow to foie gras. You won’t want to short yourself on this quintessential experience. Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, 702-590-8660; daily 5-10:30 p.m.

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