Tom's Urban gives us more to love
Tom’s Urban is so big it could be called Tom’s Urban, Suburban and Rural. It occupies a large space which includes two separate indoor dining rooms, two indoor bars—one of which is a centerpiece for the main dining area—and a large patio right on The Strip that gives patrons a view of the city’s action. Founder Tom Ryan, who also founded Smashburger, has been kicking up comfort food with unique combinations, spins on old favorites and some downright tasty grub since his new baby opened at New York-New York. With plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and with rotating seasonal menus, including new items for fall, there is always something different to try.
Take the bacon two ways skillet—it’s flat-out awesome. Combine a bunch of delicious ingredients with a bunch of other delicious ingredients and, not surprisingly, a dish worthy of repeat orders is concocted. Cheesy polenta grits acts as the base. Applewood-smoked bacon and house-made pork belly (an ingredient that stars in many dishes) sit on top along with two eggs any style—but I recommend getting the eggs over easy, because when those yolks coat the pork and grits, it is truly something special. Pico de gallo cuts that richness effectively.
You might want to try the huevos Benedictos, a Mexican-style approach to eggs Benedict. Succulent pork carnitas mingle with roasted poblano peppers, jack and cheddar cheese. Poached eggs add a velvety element and green chile hollandaise sauce puts a little pep in everything. Get a full bite with part of the English muffin that serves as the foundation and you are in business. Asadero cheese on the hash browns elevates an otherwise normal side.
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If you want to hop past breakfast, order the pork belly banh mi cups on the small plates section. The scrumptious pork belly is topped with chile lime Asian slaw, pickled onions, a healthy dose of sliced jalapeños, fresh cilantro and chile mayo. It’s somewhere between a Vietnamese sandwich and a fresh spring roll, and feels like you are eating both light and hearty at the same time. Those same Asian flavors can be found in the new banh mi burger. Be prepared to order an alternative, though, as the banh mi dishes sell out quickly.
Other recently added dishes include the spicy crispy chicken and accompanying cornbread pancake, low country shrimp and grits and prime rib sliders.
And perfect for colder weather is the Campfire brownie + cookie + s’mores, so big it feels like it could feed an entire summer camp. The piping-hot skillet arrives at your table looking like a Wild West dessert casserole. One half of the skillet is filled with brownie, the other half with cookie. A fluffy layer of toasted marshmallows rests on top of that. Salted caramel sauce and chocolate sauce are swirled throughout. Scoop everything in between a couple of graham crackers and you’ll be ready to sing some campfire songs and tell some ghost stories.
New York-New York, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.740.6766