Take Your Poké Pick at Four Spots in Union Square
Last year, neighborhoods were lucky to have one or two go-to spots to enjoy the fresh, Hawaiian dish that is poké: a raw fish salad served on a bowl of rice, zucchini noodles or lettuce with your choice of fresh toppings and Asian-inspired sauces. As a constant destination for trending eats in NYC (last year we welcomed Japan’s TsuruTonTan noodle shop and D.C.’s Cava Grill), you can now choose from four hot (or should we say, cold) restaurants in Union Square to get your poke fix.
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The Poké Spot (124 4th Avenue)
Celebrating a year in Union Square this August, The Poké Spot quickly swept up Union Square foodies into the poke craze at its first location. With signature creations or a customized experience featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, tofu, chicken or crab, you can expand your horizons with toppings like Kani salad, three types of seaweed, masago, fish flakes, and rice puffs. For avocado fans, have your poke served in an avocado boat or go for the crab guac and chips.
Union Fare (7 East 17th Street)
If you can’t convince your crew to join you for poké, get your fix at the Union Fare Gastrohall for lunch. Enjoy poké salads and bowls while your friends can choose from multiple stations like burgers, sandwiches, pizza, roasted chicken, salad, tacos and more. Here you’ll find poké options like octopus and salmon topped with sesame seeds, green onions, watermelon radishes and avocado.
New Kids on the Block
PokéVillage (250 East 14th Street)
Serving poké with a side of Korean fried chicken and bao, you can count on more than just poké at PokéVillage. The new restaurant also claims the uniquest way to enjoy your poké: over nachos. Add jicama, blanched kale, black tobiko or honey walnuts for a truly original creation.
Coming Soon: Pokéworks (21 East 15th Street)
On the cusp of opening is Pokéworks’ newest location right off of Union Square Park. Pokéworks currently operates restaurants in midtown, plus California, New Jersey, Chicago and more. We can’t wait to get our hands on their poké burritos, scallops, soy chili tofu, and crispy lotus chips.