The Atlantic Plumbing building on the 800 block of V Street is getting even more new things to go with the Atlantic Plumbing Cinema and various art venues: a Japanese restaurant and a burger shop.
On Monday, Haikan, a Japanese ramen and poutine restaurant from the folks behind Daikaya/Izakaya, opened at 815 V Street NW. The spot has various kinds of ramen as well as Japanese snacks such as "poutine" with fries, cheese and miso. It's a cool space with a bar, some tables (including some benches where you are right next to the cooks, which is mesmerizing) and a general cool, modern vibe. I stopped by on Tuesday and it was pretty good, but they were still working through some opening-day jitters. The poutine wasn't as tasty as I hoped, but maybe that's because it opened the day before.
And around the corner at 2108 8th Street NW is Tasty Burger, a Boston chain, which opened in July. They have burgers, boozy milkshakes a bar and also a little walk-up to-go window (like the McDonalds at 14th and U.) They also have a pretty solid happy hour from 5-7pm according to Eater.
This area is really booming lately -- farther up 8th Street from Tasty there are a few galleries and other spots, and across V Street from Haikan there are a few other restaurants.
Here's Haikan's website and Tasty Burger's.