Virginia’s Koreatown boasts no shortage of barbecue, but this hip, industrial-style eatery stands out from the competition. At inferior places, marinades can be used to mask lesser-quality cuts; here they accentuate the rich flavor of the well-marbled meats, charred on fiery tabletop grills.
Young T-shirt-clad servers snip soy/garlic short ribs with scissors and bring an endless parade of complimentary kimchee, scallion salad, pickled radishes, and other panchan (small side dishes) to the long metal tables. It’s tempting to go for one of the all-you-can-eat grill packages, but non-barbecue standouts such as crispy seafood pancakes and chilled noodles in brisket broth are worth a small act of restraint.
- Mandu (dumplings)
- Spicy pork belly
- Pork ribs
- Marinated duck