Pokeworks | NYC
One of the things I was most excited to try this time around in NYC were poke bowls, basically like sushi in bowl form, fitting, as sake don is my favorite thing to order in a sushi restaurant. There are currently a handful of poke restaurants in NYC and a ton more in LA, but the three main ones are Sons of Thunder, Pokeworks, and Wisefish Poke. (See this article in one of my favorite food columns, Hungry City.) I tried to stop by after the big lunch rush, during which my NYC friends say the line goes out the door and down the block, and was able to at least get in line inside the restaurant. I went for a bowl, as I’ve been told the burrito is hard to eat because the seaweed is hard to bite through, leading to spillage and mess. The rice was vinegary and warm, the tuna was so pink and fresh that it looks like watermelon! I however prefer salmon, which was also fantastic and delicious. They were quite generous with the avocado, which does cost $1.50 more, and also let me both sriracha aioli (basically spicy mayo) and the umami shoyu – it was amazing. I even managed to nab a spot on the tiny counter and scarf down my bowl. When it’s really busy, my friends say they bring their bowls just down the street to Bryant Park where there is plenty of space to sit and eat. I only wish there were more poke restaurants available! Yelp; website.