Few dishes fit the NYC summer bill quite like poke. The Hawaiian fresh fish dish is light, bright, and won’t ever weigh you down. (Pasta, we’ll get back to you later this year. Don’t worry.) Fans of poke know that all poke is not created equal–not like that’s a surprise, given raw fish is involved. Herewith, a handful of our favorite poke spots around town.
Chinatown’s Chikarashi serves up poke that’s a bit beyond the ordinary. Chef Michael Jong Lim, previously of Neta, infuses his menu with a mix of Japanese chirashi (essentially a Japanese rice bowl that’s a cousin to poke) with flavors inspired by China and Korea. Try the Sichuan Chili Salmon or the Goma Shoyu Tuna for lunch, then close it out with a Dole Whip–that’s pineapple-flavored soft serve, if you’re not yet familiar.
227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
So Seamore’s–a reasonably priced, sustainability-forward chain of seafood restaurants–serves their the bulk of their fish cooked all the way through, but their tuna poke bowl is not to be ignored. Their version comes with ponzu, peanuts, and chunks of avocado. As for the carb element of this dish, you’ve got your choice between rice or chips. Can’t go wrong.
390 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Kome Waza is a hidden gem located deep in the Financial District. It’s location makes it a perfect spot to grab a snack before strolling the East River or heading south to check out Lady Liberty. Anyway, back to the food. Kome Waza offers a range of bases ( eight-grain brown rice, hijiki quinoa, kale cold noodles, etc) to appeal to various gluten or sans gluten requirements. On top, it’s a flavorsome mix of various fish and tofu options.
40 Water St, New York, NY 10004
Inside, Pokee does its best to channel the feel of an ocean-side town (think deep blue walls, whitewashed wood). While the interior’s effect is up for debate, the poke they serve is definitely delicious. Choose from six signature bowls–like Spicy Ahi or Chili Tuna–or go rogue and build your own. Right now you can have your poke served in a cone, if you so desire. Eat quickly and at your own risk.
121 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
If you’re staying at our own 6 Columbus, a SIXTY Hotel, Red Poke is your best and closest bet for an excellent snack. This fast-casual joint blends Hawaiian and Korean flavors, and gets high marks for its tasty inventions, like kimchi aioli and spicy jeyuk pork.
600 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Centrally located with plenty of room to sit down: you can’t ask for much more in Union Square. It’s a good thing PokéSpot isn’t just convenient–it’s delicious, too. The fish is fresh and the veggies still have snap to them. Flavor inspirations run the gamut, from Japanese to Mexican. There’s even guacamole, because, well, why not.
120 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003