Critic finds Bāng Bar well worth the wait
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo visits David Chang’s new Time Warner Center bread-and-meat bar Bāng Bar to try the Korean flatbread wraps filled with roasted meat that have had people waiting in long lines at lunchtime since it opened last week. He praises the spicy gochujang-marinated pork shoulder wrap (“It melts in your mouth and tingles on your tongue”) but finds the yakitori-glazed chicken bland — though improved by spicy Ssäm sauce and habanero sauce on the side. But he’s particularly impressed with breakfast, when the mortadella-and-American cheese and spicy mustard wrap is served, which Cuozzo writes could blow away almost any croissant, croque monsieur, or banh mi made with similar ingredients. On the issue of long wait times, Cuozzo insists that “patience has its rewards.”
Shuttered old-school diner rumored to resurrect in LES
Cup & Saucer, the popular luncheonette that lived on the Lower East Side for three decades before closing due to a rent hike in 2017, might return to the very block it used to inhabit. According to Bowery Boogie, rumors have been swirling on the block that original co-owner John Vasilopoulos signed a lease on a new space directly next to the original’s space.
Other openings and coming attractions
The Urbanspace holiday markets are set to return this month, including the Union Square Holiday Market, which opens on November 15, and the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, which opens on November 28. The markets will feature various food and drink vendors, including winter cocktails by Jicama and ciders by Breezy Hill Orchard at the Columbus Circle location. Both run through December 24.
LES Cajun-style seafood boil restaurant Claw Daddy’s expanded to Brooklyn, opening a new outpost in Boerum Hill at 31 Third Ave. It offers a Louisiana boil with options for seafood, sauce, and sides.
Iconic grungy dive bar lives on in...a hotel penthouse
East Village’s late dive bar Mars Bar, which shuttered in 2011 following a DOH inspection that called attention to all the notorious dump’s many violations, has been immortalized in a rather unexpected and nonsensical place. The bar that used to represent an older, grungier era of East Village lives on as part of a strange tribute in a penthouse suite in the newly renovated Row NYC Hotel at 700 8th Ave. in Midtown. The entry to the suite features the Mars Bar storefront photo-printed on the wall. So now one of the most legendary dirty dive bars of the East Village lives on in a luxury hotel in Midtown. Sure!