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Mr. Lee’s Lands Inside D.C.’s Succotash With Green Tea Fortune Cookies and Soju Bottles

Chef Ed Lee’s new Korean pop-up arrives Tuesday, September 4

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A fortune cookie dessert at Mr. Lee’s featuring green tea mousse and black sesame angel cake ($10).
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Mr. Lee’s, a new Penn Quarter pop-up adorned with silk Korean lanterns and neon signage, is scheduled to open Tuesday, September 4 with a daily happy hour featuring $1 chicken wings and $6 sake cocktails.

Celebrity chef Edward Lee just transformed the upstairs bar and lounge at his Southern-style Succotash Penn Quarter (915 F Street NW) into Mr. Lee’s, a bar inspired by lively night markets in Asia and his Korean heritage.

The colorful pop-up, expected to operate through the end of the year, will rotate its small menu weekly using produce plucked from the Penn Quarter farmer’s market. Asian plates ($9 to $24) include hand-cut noodles with beef-black bean sauce and dumplings stuffed with duck confit or sweet potato and edamame. Its opening menu, below, also features a bibimbap dish and a kimchi sampler:

Cocktails ($12 to $13) include the Miss Korea (Soju, melon syrup, yuzu, and egg white), Red Tokyo (sakura-infused sake, Luxardo, ginger, and Mr. Lee’s Chinese bitters), and an Old Fashioned. There’s also a 375-ml. bottle of Charm Soju for $20.

For daily happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), beers start at $4 and wine and cocktails run $6 to $8.

The priciest order at Mr. Lee’s is the Amok Trey, a traditional Cambodian dish featuring catfish steamed in a banana leaf with coconut curry sauce, rice, and pickles ($24).
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Spicy pork belly and kimchi shiso, lettuce, ssamjang, fried chickpeas, and asparagus slaw at Mr. Lee’s ($16).
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The pop-up coincides with Succotash’s first birthday inside the historic 9,000-square-foot Equitable Bank building. Partner Knead Hospitality and Design’s stunning transformation was named Eater DC’s editor’s choice for Design of the Year.

Status: Scheduled to open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4. 915 F Street NW; website.

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