Things are looking up for the Prudential Center’s dining situation. Eataly is still on track for a November opening, and now New York City’s popular Num Pang is on the way as well, targeting a late fall opening. Co-founders Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly, both alums of Clark University in Worcester, announced today that the ninth location of their fast-casual, Cambodian-inspired sandwich shop is coming to town. It’ll be the first outpost outside of New York City.
The first Num Pang debuted in 2009, almost a decade after the college friends reconnected in New York and found that they were both working in the restaurant industry. The menu draws upon the flavors from Chaupoly’s childhood in Cambodia and techniques that Daitz picked up staging at places like Bouley and Daniel and working at Floyd Cardoz’ Tabla.
The cornerstone of Num Pang’s menu is the selection of sandwiches, all served with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro, and chili mayo. Sandwich options include coconut tiger shrimp with toasted coconut flakes, roasted cauliflower with Chinese and Thai eggplant spread, and five-spice glazed pork belly with pickled Asian pear. There are also rice bowls, soups and salads, and a variety of sides.
When Num Pang opens in Boston, the menu and shop layout will be similar to the New York locations, but there will be some differences, which will be announced at a later date.
In other recent Prudential Center news, Anna's Taqueria is also opening a location there.