The Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to evolve. Pok Pok Chicken recently closed all of its locations in the US. It will be replaced by Bāng Bar from chef David Chang. More on that shortly. I want to look at the food hall as a whole because it offers some of the most affordable dining options at the Cosmopolitan.
It’s important to note that this isn’t a place for “cheap eats.” However, the price points are fair for a luxury property on the Vegas Strip. You won’t break the bank eating at any restaurant here. Block 16 has a variety of quality food for anyone looking for an affordable quick bite while staying at the property.
Get To Know Block 16
The Block 16 Urban Food Hall didn’t exist when the Cosmopolitan first opened in 2010. It’s located on the second floor of the property near other restaurants and Marquee Nightclub. This is one of a few eateries that didn’t exist when the Cosmopolitan first opened. The nearly 4,000 square foot venue of quick-serve restaurants replaced the original sportsbook in 2018. The sports betting space moved downstairs to the main casino floor.
Adding the food hall was due to demand from customers looking for a place to grab a quick inexpensive meal while enjoying the casino and club.
Here’s a quote from the Cosmopolitan prior to Block 16 opening:
“The Cosmopolitan has a thoughtful collection of high-end, luxury dining options, something the resort has been synonymous with since its inception,” said Patrick Nichols, the property’s senior vice president of strategy and business development. “We now see the need for more quick-serve, made-to-order concepts to add to our restaurant collection. We have searched the country over the past two years for the most craveable food and beverage concepts and are excited to bring together six of our favorites to Block 16.”
The Cosmopolitan has always been a casino that’s been a destination for foodies looking for a great dining experience. Foodies not looking for a full-service meal at a high price point now have an affordable option. Each of the outlets brings a certain cuisine from a different part of the country.
Dining Options At Block 16
Food halls are designed to give guests a variety of dining options. Block 16 does just that and then some with the addition of Ghost Donkey. The tequila and mezcal lounge from New York doesn’t serve food. The hidden lounge is simply a place to grab a delicious cocktail. On top of that, it reminds me of the tiny bars I used to visit in downtown Manhattan.
Here are the original dining options that are still open at the Block 16 Food Hall inside the Cosmopolitan:
District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew: This New Orleans restaurant offers exactly what the name says. There are around 100 rotating donut flavors. In addition to sliders, District offers a variety of comfort foods. While there’s plenty of beer, District might have the best coffee available at the Cosmopolitan.
Pro-tip: Get coffee here and wait in the long line for a breakfast sandwich at Egg Slut. There’s no need to stand in line for 30 minutes without coffee.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: You may know the name for being one of the most famous fried chicken joints in the country. Originally from Nashville, Hattie B’s serves up some of the best fried chicken you’ll find on the Vegas Strip. I haven’t been to the original location but I’m told this stands up. I just know I had an amazing chicken sandwich at a great price.
Here’s another pro-tip: Drinks are $5 and there’s no water so you might want to bring your own.
Lardo: These purveyors of pork originate from Portland, OR. While they offer a variety of sandwiches, you might just want to stick with the delicious pork. After all, it’s what they’re known for.
Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake: This is a made-to-order sushi bar. I don’t eat sushi so I don’t have anything useful to add.
Bāng Bar Coming in 2021
David Chang’s Bāng Bar will be opening in the spring of 2021. Chang is also the proprietor of Momofuku which is on the other side of the Cosmopolitan. He also has other restaurants in Las Vegas and around the country.
Bāng Bar’s menu focuses on spit-roasted meats wrapped in freshly griddled bāng bread. This restaurant is the first of its kind on the Vegas Strip. It’s also going to be a great way to enjoy David Chang’s delicious meat at an affordable price. His Majordomo at The Venetian has delicious meats but is pricey – even for Las Vegas.
“The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas prides itself on having remained at the forefront of innovative dining trends and concepts for the past decade,” said The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas General Manager and Chief Strategy Officer, Patrick Nichols.
“We are grateful for the support of the local community over the past four years and we look forward to deepening our ties even further with Bāng Bar,” said Momofuku founder David Chang. “We are excited to open an additional Momofuku spot at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Bāng Bar is one of the craziest concepts we’ve come up with and I’m excited to offer our Las Vegas guests an accessible, on-the-go option.”
Bāng Bar will occupy the space left by Pok Pok Chicken’s departure.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.