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Sushi Spot O-Ku Is Hosting an Omakase Pop-Up This Weekend

The Charleston-based brand is test driving its sashmi selections in Union Market

O-Ku is shooting to open in Union Market by mid-May.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Incoming Asian eatery O-Ku is hosting an omakase pop-up in Union Market on Saturday, April 7 to tease out its fish-focused offerings ahead of opening at the Northeast site later this spring.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., executive chef Bryan Emperor will serve six courses of sushi and sashimi, including wagyu croquettes and Tasmanian king salmon sashimi, followed by Japanese dessert and tea. The full menu runs $40 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), and seatings start at the top of every hour at the eight-seat counter, on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations aren’t accepted.

The award-winning sushi restaurant out of South Carolina also has outposts in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Its first D.C. location at Union Market (1274 Fifth Street NE), projected to open in mid-May, will include 120 seats and a 40-seat rooftop bar teed up to pour lots of Japanese whiskeys.

Union Market is getting lots of action on Saturday, April 7, with a Union Market street festival slated to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that’ll feature neighborhood newcomers Trader Joe’s and Blue Bottle, as well as rum standby Cotton & Reed Distillery. Chef Nick Stefanelli will be slinging to-go breakfast items on Michelin-starred Masseria’s patio.

The festival, bordered by New York Avenue, Florida Avenue and 6th Street NE, will also include live music at Neal Place, a pop-up bookshop by Politics & Prose, and lots of food trucks.