NYC’s Summer Food Trend Is Poké and Here’s Where to Eat It
Say “aloha” to our new favorite food
It’s official: New Yorkers are totally obsessed with poké. The traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad has taken over, popping up at restaurants, street fairs and food festivals all over the city. Grab your chopsticks--here are the seven best places in NYC to get your poké fix.
Brave the lines at this poké chain (there are six locations throughout the U.S.) and you can get your raw fish any way you like it. We’ll take our ahi tuna spicy with Sriracha aioli, green and sweet onion, mango and cucumber, please.
63 W. 37th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-575-8881 or pokeworks.com
6. Mother of Pearl
This Hawaiian cocktail bar recently switched over to an all-vegan menu, so there’s no fish in sight in this surprisingly tasty vegan poké, with crispy rice, macadamia nuts, green mango, jicama and tomato.
95 Ave. A. (at Sixth St.); 212-614-6818 or motherofpearlnyc.com
5. East Coast Poké
The servings are small for the price, but on a hot summer day at Smorgasburg, there’s nothing better than a refreshing (albeit super-tiny) bowl of spicy-mayo ahi tuna.
Smorgasburg E. River State Park and Prospect Park; 718-887-6902 or eastcoastpoke.com
Ready for fannnncy poké? This Hawaiian restaurant elevates the traditional salad, pairing big-eye tuna with macadamia nuts, pickled jalapeños and seaweed. Add a glass of rosé and we’re set for the summer.
128 First Ave. (at Eighth St.); 646-892-3050 or noreetuh.com
This poké spot adds an Asian flair to the beloved Hawaiian dish. We’re drooling over the ponzu salmon bowl with wasabi ponzu sauce, shiso (kind of like Japanese mint), shichimi spices and flying fish roe.
227 Canal St. (at Baxter St.); 646-649-5965 or chikarashi.com
2. Wisefish Poké
Possibly the most popular poké joint in NYC, Wisefish is bringing fast-casual fish salad to the NYC masses. The bowls are totally customizable, so you can get half salmon and half tofu on a bed of zucchini noodles and brown rice with spicy citrus shoyu and wasabi avocado cream. We just found our new lunch spot.
263 W. 19th St. (at Eighth Ave.); 212-367-7653 or wisefishpoke.com
1. Sons of Thunder
Sometimes you just have to keep it simple. This combo of melt-in-your-mouth fish with rice, cucumbers, seaweed salad and tobiko sauce is what Hawaiian dreams are made of. It’s, hands down, the best poké in New York City…for now.
204 E. 38th St. (at Third Ave.); 646-863-2212 or sonsofthunder.com