Where: Momofuku CCDC; 1090 I St. NW; (202) 602-1832; ccdc.momofuku.com
Hours: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Drink Specials: $7-$10 cocktails, $17 bottomless glasses of wine; $6 beer; $6 wines by the glass
Food Specials: $5 spicy cucumbers, pork belly buns, and bing dishes
Pros: The star of happy hour is a trio of options featuring Chef Tae Strain’s liberal take on Chinese bing bread that has the texture of Indian naan. Strain rolls them out to order and cooks them on the plancha before pairing them with three different dippers: pimento cheese, cultured butter, or sunflower hozen. The latter is an umami bomb that has the funkiness and flavor of miso.
Pair the hozen bing with a drink with a similar flavor profile. The bar’s take on an Old Fashioned ($10 during happy hour) contains a few drops of bonji, which is made from fermented grains and has a similar flavor profile as soy sauce. Momofuku CCDC’s happy hour is also a win for winos. Pay $17 for all-you-can-drink wine throughout the duration of happy hour.
Cons: Seats fill up fast and happy hour is only available at the bar and on the patio. Other than that, negatives are few, save for the fact that one of the dishes on the happy hour food menu is a dud. Skip the spicy cucumbers unless you’ve just completed a bikram yoga session or marathon and need to replenish your body of salt.