David Chang’s Time Warner Center Momofuku blows open Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The Momofuku master is focusing this takeout breakfast and lunch restaurant, called Bāng Bar, on Korean wraps made with ppang, or grilled flatbread, Grub Street reports. Combining culinary cultures as Chang is wont to do, Bāng Bar will fill the ppang with meat carved off vertical spits, inspired by flavors from Lebanon, Turkey, the Middle East, Japan, Korea, and Mexico. Meats include gochujang-marinated pork shoulder, soy-glazed yakitori chicken, and mortadella layered with lardo. A breakfast sandwich could be mortadella topped with American cheese, onion relish, and mustard, or one filled with Zabar’s smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers.
Other menu items include a spread of dips such as charred greens, spicy eggplant, chickpea, and sweet-potato mash, as well as a twisted doughnut made with fermented-chickpea Hozon cream cheese glaze and butterscotch drizzle.
Bāng Bar is Chang’s seventh concept in NYC, and his first restaurant in Time Warner Center. A Noodle Bar will also open there in November. The placement in the staid shopping mall on the Upper West Side is a direct consequence of Chang’s relationship with Related, which owns the mall. Related’s founder is the only outside investor in Momofuku.
Bāng Bar is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday hours will start December 2. Stay tuned for interior photos and the full menu tomorrow.