Small plates are the specialty of the Japanese izakaya, and Vegas has tons of them. In addition to the cult favorite Raku and the similarly beloved late-night hot spot Ichiza, check out the southwest’s great Kyara. Serving lunch and dinner, Kyara heaps together several different styles, so you can experiment with tons of age (deep-fried) appetizers like squid tentacles, potatoes with butter and fried chicken, itame (stir-fried) delights such as tofu in a savory gravy or whole squid, and kushi skewers of vegetables, chicken thigh, pork belly or bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms. This menu is huge and these bites are small, so bring your crew and work your way through. – B.R.