Right in time for Labor Day weekend, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas unveils its new dining hall with restaurants and a bar on the way. Block 16 Urban Food Hall takes over the second level of the resort, near Marquee, with a roster of dining outlets new to Las Vegas.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken from Nashville offers its namesake hot chicken, Southern sides, and local brews in a counter-service setting. Diners can order their chicken with melted spices in heat levels from Southern (no heat), mild, medium, hot, damn hot, and Shut the Cluck Up. Pimento mac and cheese, Southern greens, and banana pudding make the menu. Hattie B’s plans to be open from Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Lardo from Portland chef Rick Gencarelli brings over-the-top sandwiches primarily made from pork. Highlights include the griddled mortadella, pork meatball banh mi with pickled vegetables and sriracha mayo, and Lardo’s signature dirty fries, along with Portland beers on tap make the menu. Lardo’s hours mimic Hattie B’s.
Pok Pok Wing from James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker out of Portland offers Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings and Som Soda made with drinking vinegars in flavors featuring ginger, Thai basil, grapefruit, and turmeric. Pok Pok Wing has the same hours at Hattie B’s and Lardo.
Finally, Las Vegas’ own Takashi Segawa of Monta Ramen, Kabuto, and Sushi Mon fame opens Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, inspired by a gambling destination in Japan dating back more than 100 years ago. Tekka Ba translates to “old gambling place.” Tekka Bar debuts a signature Tekka tuna roll, featuring the restaurant’s spicy sauce, alongside , sake, and handrolls prepared counter-side. Tekka follows Pok Pok Wing, Lardo, and Hattie B’s hours.
District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. comes from New Orleans with a rotation of 100-plus flavors of doughnuts, including Chocolate Blackout and Bananas Foster. This outlet plans to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner options from Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight. Dishes here include biscuit sandwiches and kolache, a pastry dough filled with sweet and savory ingredients. Waffle cheese fries, pork belly sliders, savory doughnuts, and coffee and espresso, including nitro cold brew, Vietnamese iced coffee, and house-made chocolate milk also make the menu.
All five restaurants open on Aug. 31.
Ghost Donkey out of New York City brings a tequila and mezcal bar. Tasting flights, cocktails made with traditional Mexican spirits, and truffle nachos make the menu when it arrives later this fall.