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Bāng Bar, an original concept from Momofuku and David Chang, is now open at The Cosmopolitan’s Block 16 Urban Dining Hall, serving take-out lunch and dinner options. Since opening in New York in 2018, Bāng Bar has focused on bāng bread—freshly made flatbread griddled to-order on a piping hot flat top—and spit-roasted meats carved from vertical spits. Menu favorites in New York include The U wrapfeaturing bāng bread filled and rolled with a choice of spicy pork, chicken or spicy eggplant; and the rice bowl made with rice, pickles, cabbage and a choice of spicy pork, chicken or spicy eggplant. In addition to taking inspiration from Bāng Bar’s New York location, Momofuku’s culinary team has created unique-to-Vegas menu items as well. Bāng Bar replaces Pok Pok Wing on the North end of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall. Bāng Bar, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
Los Angeles-based ramen franchise Jinya Ramen Bar has opened its newest location in Henderson. The contemporary Japanese style ramen bar has a fresh, sleek hard-surface look with neon reading “ramen is all the craze” and a heated outdoor patio. The menu features vegan selections, salads, mini tacos, small plates, authentic Japanese ramen and toppings, rice bowls, mochi ice cream and panna cotta. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients, a Fuji water filtration system to prepare its broth and a special aging process of the noodles. Founded in 2010 by Tomonori Takahashi, Jinya Ramen Bar now has 33 restaurants in the US and two in Canada, with this new location the first in Henderson and third in the Las Vegas area. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are offered and hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Jinya Ramen Bar, 10740 S Eastern Ave. #155, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-867-4240.
Lotus of Siam has reopened its second location at 620 E. Flamingo Rd. (joining its other location at 953 E. Sahara), and this marks the first time both its locations are operating concurrently. To celebrate the occasion, three new prix fixe menus are being offered: signature menu ($147, feeding 2-4 people), offering several of the restaurant’s most popular dishes like steamed sea bass served on top of shredded cabbage tossed with lime juice, fish sauce and sugar; Northern Thai ($61, for 1-2 people), chef Saipin’s version of a “typical” Northern Thai meal featuring northern Thai spices such as shredded young jackfruit, ground pork and tomatoes with northern Thai spices and seasoning; and family favorites ($99, for 1-2 people), the dishes chef Saipin’s family requests most, such as minced steak with fresh herbs and soft shell crab salad. Lotus of Siam, 620 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-735-3033.

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La Strega Launches Secret Pop-up “Sandwitch” Shop with Curbside Friendly Focus
La Strega has launched a fast casual limited engagement provisional menu for takeout or curbside pickup featuring Roman-style piadinas, salads, snacks and more. Executive chef Gina Marinelli said, “I wanted to create a secret sandwich shop featuring piadinas, which are traditional Italian flatbreads from Rome. We use our pizza dough baked to perfection in our pizza oven, and then we throw them on the grill so that they hold and travel well.” Standout items on the limited menu include smoked salmon piadina ($12) made with locally smoked salmon, marinated cucumbers and pickled shallots; tri-color sciaini salad ($12) with salami, mozzarella and pesto vinaigrette; house-made parmesan chips ($3); and Piccola Aperol Spritz made with Blood Orange Pellegrino that is canned in-house ($10). The Piadina menu is available only for lunch and curbside pickup Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and can be ordered in advance by calling 702-722-2099. La Strega, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-722-2099.
The X Pot Debuts Robot Servers
In September, founders Haibin Yang and David Zhao debuted The X Pot, paying tribute to traditional Chinese cuisine with its hotpot technique, at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The high-tech dining experience has now entered the next phase of its opening plan, unveiling the VIP Spectrum dining room featuring multi-sensory dining by high-tech smart-robot technology. As guests order from an expansive tasting menu with an array of Asian-fusion selections such as A5 wagyu beef and certified Kobe beef, they are served by The X Pot’s robotic technological program in conjunction with human servers. In addition, 5D animations and interactive cartoon animations are projected on the dinner table, providing step-by-step visuals on how to cook the separate tasting menu, exclusive to this private, VIP dining room. The room seats up to 24 guests; however, due to current state coronavirus restrictions only groups of four are permitted. The X Pot, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-888-9768.
8 East at Circa Resort & Casino Launches Happy Hour Offerings
Chef Dan Coughlin has introduced a new happy hour at his 8 East pan-Asian restaurant, offered daily from 3-5:30 p.m. Food selections, all priced at $8, include pan-fried or steamed ginger chicken dumplings with sweet soy vinaigrette; pork belly bao with pickled cabbage slaw and a sweet and sour marmalade; Tokyo crepe prepared with sauteed wild enoki, oyster and shitake mushrooms; carpaccio with a yuzu glaze and coriander creme served with ubi potato chips; salt & Szechuan pepper chicken wings tossed in a secret Szechuan rub; and deep-fried chicken skins seasoned with salt and pepper. Drink deals are $5 well drinks, $6 sake bombs, $6 Sapporo and Big Dog’s Las Vegas lager drafts and $9 red and white house wines. 8 East, Circa Resort & Casino, 8 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-247-2258.
Vegans, Baby Vegan Dining Month Returns for 4th Consecutive Year
To encourage people to go vegan for the month of January, Vegans, Baby is bringing back Vegan Dining Month for the 4th consecutive year in Las Vegas. More than 20 restaurants are participating, offering vegan dishes during January or beyond. A sampling of the special menu offerings includes Honey Salt—chickpea and pumpkin curry infused with flavors of lemongrass, ginger and cilantro; Bronze Café and The Juice Box—tofurky sandwich with vegan bacon, bacon jam, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and basil aioli with a side of chips and Ube milkshake; Lucino’s Pizza—pizza topped with a butternut squash and cauliflower puree, Good Planet mozzarella, golden raisins, cubes of squash, candied walnuts and basil; and Tacotarian—pre-fixe menu with two empanadas potosinas, carne en su jugo soup and two buñelos (crispy fried bite covered with cinnamon sugar). For a full list of Vegan Dining Month restaurant partners and menus click here.
The Goodwich Introduces Weekend Brunch Menu
The Goodwich sandwich shop, located on the ground floor of Soho Lofts in downtown Las Vegas, has introduced a brunch menu of handheld fare and stacked breakfast classics served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The handheld menu includes “fluffy stacked-rite pancakes” with candied bacon, hickory maple syrup, powdered sugar and sprinkles; “fried eggy” with beef patty, fried egg, pepper bacon, chipotle mayo and swiss; and “let’s get croque” with Sugardale ham, gruyere, whole grain mustard and sunny-side up egg. The classics menu includes “the daily” with two eggs any style, hickory bacon or sausage patty, tater tots and grilled baguette; “br-avocado toast” with poached egg, tomato basil relish and nine-grain bread; “prosciutto happiness” with prosciutto, scrambled egg, shredded parmesan, arugula pesto and croissant; “brekky bowl” with scrambled eggs and Sugardale ham; and “sundried rollie” with scrambled egg, chorizo, comte cheese, tots, red pepper aioli and sundried tomato wrap.
Esther’s Kitchen Introduces Greenhouse Village Dining Pods
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and current dining protocols, Esther’s Kitchen has launched a new outdoor dining Greenhouse Village, consisting of eight isolated dining pods created from portable greenhouses. Each pod is designed to serve four persons, with carpeting, heating, music and art to enliven the outdoor space, while keeping the dining party isolated from other diners. Diners will have the full menu available, plus exclusive specials; each party can check in at the restaurant host desk and then enter their pod from the outside rear of the restaurant, if they wish to avoid the indoor dining room; each party will be served only by one dedicated server, who has been tested and screened for safety; and each pod is fully sanitized in between every dining party. Pods may be requested only by booking verbally by calling the restaurant at 702-570-7864. Esther’s Kitchen, 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-570-7864.
North Italia Introduces Seasonal Menu Items
North Italia has rolled out several seasonal selections. Highlights include Sicilian short rib ragu—golden brown triangles of crispy polenta topped with melted fontina cheese and short rib ragu made with tender braised short rib, crushed tomato, olive oil and fresh spices; grilled branzino—7 oz. boneless filet topped with lemon butter sauce, roasted broccolini, cauliflower, Romanesco, cipollini onions and sweet roasted fennel; carbonara pasta (brunch only)—handmade cavatelli pasta with pecorino carbonara sauce, English peas, crispy pancetta, chopped croutons, Calabrian chili oil, pecorino and soft-boiled egg; seasonal vegetable salad with radicchio and kale tossed in with roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet butternut squash, cauliflower, farro and dates dressed in white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with cubes of pecorino cheese and roasted pistachios; and pomegranate mule made with Italian botanical gin, charred lemon juice, blended citrus bitters and sambuca spice. The winter menu will be available through spring 2021. North Italia, Rampart Commons, 1069 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-507-0927.
New Sausage Menu at CraftHaus Arts District
CraftHaus Arts District has introduced several sausage options. The new menu includes the beer brat ($9) with sauerkraut, caramelized onions and whole grain mustard on a warm spent grain pretzel bun; spicy chicken mango sausage ($9) with grilled peppers and siracha mayo on a toasted poppy seed bun; Polish sausage ($8) with grilled peppers, sauerkraut and yellow mustard on a toasted poppy seed bun; beyond brat ($12), a plant-based protein sausage with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard on a warm vegan pretzel bun; and the works sausage ($10), a Polish sausage with beer cheese, grilled peppers, caramelized onions and whole grain mustard on a warm spent grain pretzel bun. CraftHaus Arts District, 197 E. California St #130, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-888-1026.
Soulbelly Offering Popup Dinners and Christmas Eve Dinner
Top Chef, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay alumnus Bruce Kalman is opening his Texas-style BBQ restaurant Soulbelly in 2021, but is offering several pop-up dinners in the HUDL Brewing patio next to its future location at 1327 S. Main St. and a Christmas dinner via SecretBurger on Dec. 24. Priced at $59 per person, the Christmas menu includes pigs in blankets with honey mustard BBQ; pull apart milk rolls; butternut squash soup with pomegranate seeds, crème fraiche and rosemary oil; choice of blood orange bourbon glazed ham or smoked whole chicken; scalloped potatoes with parmesan and aged cheddar; maple glazed carrots & parsnips with toasted sunflower seeds; braised collard greens; and chocolate pecan pie. Several addons are also available. Pick up will be on Dec. 24 from noon-4 p.m. at Vegas Test Kitchen at 1020 Fremont St. #120. To purchase and for more info visit To view the popup dinners schedule go to

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