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Korean BBQ Coming to South Arlington

by ARLnow.com — October 26, 2010 at 10:05 am 4,175 24 Comments

Alexandria’s Heebeen Restaurant is opening an outpost in the Eclipse at Potomac Yard condominium complex, just south of Crystal City.

The restaurant is described as an “Asian bistro buffet,” featuring primarily Korean and Japanese cuisine. Specialties include Korean BBQ, sushi and sashimi, in addition to traditional Korean dishes.

Unlike the Alexandria location, which has been in business for 18 years, food at the Arlington Heebeen won’t be grilled at the table. The restaurant will be “very upscale” — which also means that there won’t be a delivery option.

Co-owner Mike Kim says he expects the space to be able to seat 160 people. That includes seating at an outdoor patio.

Kim says he hopes to open the new Heebeen at some point in the spring.

Hat tip to @hoborocks for the heads up

  • South Arlington

    This is great news. The Heebeen in Alexandria is a great place to introduce people to Korean food and it will be nice to see this location open in Arlington.

  • Clarendude

    Clarendon would like to trade a pizza joint for the Heebeen or any Korean BBQ. We will throw in a cupcake place to sweeten the deal…

    • PikeHoo

      Too rich for just a pizza place. We’ll trade you the Korean BBQ joint for Brooklyn Bagel. You can keep the cupcakes.

      • rob42

        you’ll take my bagels when you pry them from my cold dead hands

    • SoArlRes

      Keep the cupcakes, but toss in the crepe cart and we’ve got a deal.

    • TGEoA

      Throw in the dog park as well. Waterfall included.

  • LP

    Yes, Clarendon, or N. Arlington needs a Korean BBQ place, similar to HoneyPig that is very friendly to all attire, stays open late, serves alcohol and doesn’t intimidate non-Koreans with the typical formal Korean restaurant theme/menu.

    Happy to see that HeeBeen is coming, makes a quick trip for Korean BBQ instead of having to trek out to Annandale.

  • MikeyinCrystalC

    Sweet…loving all these new eateries coming to CC!

  • el fat kid

    kind of wish we could get one of those tacky annandale korean bbq’s would come to arlington…columbia pike? fairly cheap, grille at the table, fun and informal.

    • Katie

      I want to be able to grill my own meat and veg on Columbia Pike!

  • Pigpen

    A restaurant that is an “upscale buffet” is the embodiment of an oxymoron – I wonder if any of the food they prepare comes “fresh frozen”?

    • el fat kid

      you obviously have never been to vegas or sizzler.

      • JD32

        I am praying to God that this is a joke.

    • Bob

      Before you get hyper, you might want to schlep out to Hee Been and give it a try. If you haven’t tried it, you really don’t have much ground to stand on to criticize.

      • Pigpen

        Not sure how you interpreted my comment as “hyper”, but for what it’s worth – I’m just saying that regardless of how nicely food is cooked out of the kitchen, when it is laid out in troughs where it has hours to overcook, marinate itself in whatever happens to be floating around in the air, and be handled by multiple people using the same serving utensils, there’s something that’s just a little unappetizing about the whole thing – sorry, guess that’s just me.

  • Pigpen

    That’s because buffet = gross. (And sizzler = mucho gross el fat kid…)

  • Bob

    Obviously you’ve never seen the buffet at Hee Been. I daresay you won’t ever find the American equivalent. The food is prepared every day, the sushi and sashimi as well. Welcome to the world of people who care about the food they serve.

  • Glebe

    First an urgent care and now this! Oh man! Combine this with a place where you can get fish to suck on your toes and we’ll be all set! Now they only need to fill 450ksf of office space and we’ll really be cookin’ over here.

    • Bringmetheyuppies

      Uh Glebe, still a 10 minute drive from the pike. Where’s our korean bbq? God knows we have the available retail! Can we trade a burger king, or chicken laundry for anything anywhere? PUH-LEASE!

      • http://www.bangbangcanary.com Cat

        Agreed! Or maybe one of the countless Thai restaurants…

  • billy

    I love that there will be a Hee Been so close to town, but no grills at the table? How is that going to work?

  • Suburban Not Urban

    You guys had one – Woo Lae Oak on Joyce St. – and lost it – gotta do better this time.

  • JosephRicks

    no grilling@the table? upscale? … I’ll stick with making the hike out to/and waiting in line for ever at the honeypig … at least with honeypig there’s a full empty upscale bar next door while you wait for your table

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