828 Upshur Street, NW

Thanks to SLD for sending: “Any idea what is coming to the old Himitsu/PomPom space? I think I cracked the code. I think Magpie and the Tiger is what’s coming to the old Himitsu space

Magpie and the Tiger’s Instagram page says:

“Contemporary Korean seasonal menu plus wine & no-ABV cocktails, in a minimalist dining room on Upshur Street by chef @calebyjang”



From SEOULSPICE (NoMa at 145 N Street, NW; Tenleytown at 4600 Wisconsin Ave, NW):

“SEOULSPICE, the healthy Korean comfort food concept with locations in NOMA, Tenleytown and College Park, Maryland, has transformed two of its popular fast-casual restaurants into Korean BBQ concepts. Beginning Wednesday, November 11, fans of the NOMA and Tenleytown locations will be able to enjoy a never-ending supply of high-quality, dry-aged beef, served tableside with an ample selection of Korean banchan (sides) and scratch-made sauces. Guests who visit the new Korean BBQ concept can also look forward to a 25% discount for the month of November, followed by a 10% discount for the month of December. The full price menu will launch on January 1, 2021. This special savings only applies to the cuisine (beverages pricing excluded from the discount) during the preview period and is available exclusively at the NOMA and Tenleytown locations. Read More


15th and D Street, NE

Gogi Yogi, Iron Age (soon) and add one more to the list of new Korean BBQ spots – Manna!

Thanks to Dan (and Barred in DC) for sending:

“The generic District Bowls is (thankfully) gone before it even opened. Korean BBQ and lunchbox place supposedly opening soon in the old Far East Taco spot!”

Ed. Note: This was also previously and briefly home to K Burger, hopefully this ride lasts longer.

Manna’s website says:

“Manna Dosirak is the casual Korean food joint located in Washington, DC. Its deep and authentic taste of Korean food comes for the owner who has been in this field over 30 years. Always use fresh ingredients to bring the best of Korean food to our valued customer always.”

The food looks amazing: Read More


1001 4th Street, SW

Thanks to a reader for sending: “Is a new David Chang restaurant coming to SW? Not positive it’s momofuku but the name makes it seem like it may be.”

Hmm, I don’t think there is a Chang connection – while the liquor license placard posted for MOMO says:

“A new Retailer’s Class C Restaurant with a seating capacity of 74 and Total Occupancy Load of 80.”

The building’s website in SW has a teaser with the full name, Momo Chicken and Grill (see photo below.)

Momo Chicken & Grill’s Facebook for their Bethesda location says:

“MoMo is the place where Korean Fried Chicken is seasoned with Jazz Music. With its rustic design that combines musical antiques and industrial elements from 19th century, Momo will comfort you with soul food, drink and music.”

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From a press release:

“Gogi Yogi, from the team behind Duke’s Grocery and Duke’s Counter, will be the first Korean restaurant in Washington where food is cooked on an open-air grill embedded in each dining table. The new restaurant and bar opens later this week at 1921 8th Street NW.

The menu begins with an assortment of shared appetizers from the kitchen, then focuses on meats, poultry, pork and seafood to be grilled at the tables. Special attention is paid to Banchan, the assortment of Korean appetizers served with the meal. The bar program features 12 varieties of Soju and Korean-inspired cocktails, alongside both Korean and local beers. “We have some great options to enjoy and the menu, just like at Duke’s, is going to always evolve. Beyond staples like Bulgogi and Galbi, there is a lot more of Korean fare to explore,” said Daniel Kramer, Managing Partner. Read More


14th and Monroe Street, NW

This is the former Jenkins BBQ space (forever Ruby Tuesday in my heart) that closed back in early January.

Thanks to all who messaged about the big news from Washingtonian last week:

“Iron Age is known for its affordable all-you-can-eat menus ($20-to-$25 per person in the Washington suburbs) and industrial red-and-black decor. DC diners can expect the same, though some locations have slight menu variations. The Columbia Heights spot, located at 3365 14th St., NW, will likely fit around 35 tables.”

Iron Age’s website says: Read More


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