Promising a spring debut on the Strip, newly filed paperwork reveals David Chang’s eagerly awaited Bāng Bar will soon begin its remodel of the shuttered Pok Pok Wing on the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ second floor.
Located at the entrance to the Block 16 Urban Food Hall, facing District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew., Bāng Bar by Momofuku has allocated an estimated $335,220 to transform chef Andy Ricker’s former Vietnamese chicken wing restaurant.
Taking its name inspiration from the Korean word for bread, Chang’s counter-service space is overhauling the interior finishes, plumbing, lighting, electrical, and kitchen equipment, plus adding an essential flat-top griddle and revolving vertical spits.
A sequel to the original at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, Bāng Bar’s compressed menu offers two dining selections. Flatbreads are cooked to order on the griddle, filled with a choice of rotisserie carved chicken, spicy eggplant, or pork and then folded into a U-shaped wrap. Or, customers can opt for the Office Bowl, upgraded with rice, pickled onions, and cabbage, plus one of the three fillings.
On New York’s Upper West Side, Bāng Bar also features Vietnamese coffee, yuzu lemonade, and a chickpea dip with a side of bread, all served daily until the kitchen sells out of ingredients, a common experience prior to the COVID shut-down.
At the Cosmopolitan, Momofuku fans can also look forward to “unique-to-Vegas menu items.” Still to be announced, future opening hours and if the makeover includes new seating. Pok Pok Wing installed five stools facing the open plan kitchen, while the East Coast Bāng Bar offers none.
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