The Strip is crowded with elite restaurant imports from all over the world, but Vegas is only beginning to bring in the type of young, hip eateries that are redefining culinary culture in their own great food cities. It took the Cosmopolitan more than six years to land Momofuku; now it seems as if the Strip resort known for cutting-edge eats is determined to up the ante in faster fashion with this fall’s arrival of Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar.
Portland’s renowned Pok Pok Wing (from James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker) and Nashville’s couldn’t-be-hotter Hattie B’s Hot Chicken are just two of the concepts that will set up in this “made-to-order urban market” planned for Cosmo’s second floor. Curating some of the most unique and sought-after food from across the country is the name of this game, with six different vendors coming together in a space designed like a big city street-food alley with a variety of seating formats.
Besides Pok Pok’s insane fish sauce wings and Hattie B’s scorching Shut the Cluck Up bird, you’ll also eat doughnuts and biscuit sandwiches from New Orleans’ District; wash down truffle nachos with a mezcal cocktail from New York City’s Ghost Donkey; enter into a parallel dimension of pork sandwich bliss compliments of Portland’s Lardo; and engage in the latest creation from Monta, Kabuto and Sushi-Mon restaurateur Takashi Segawa, Tekka Bar, specializing in hand rolls and sake.
That’s right, something local. Because Las Vegas is a pretty cool food city, too. Nicely done, Cosmo.