Where to Get Poke Bowls in NYC + A Guide to Making Poke Bowls at Home

What’s Poke?

Poke, pronounced poh-kay,  is a traditional Hawaiian fish salad that’s  available everywhere on the islands, even at gas stations. The raw fish is typically marinated in a Asian sauce such as soy sauce and sesame oil.

Where Do I get Poke in NYC?

New York City has officially gone Poke!!! Being that Poke is a fairly healthy meal, it’s easy to understand why it has become the new “trendy” lunch fad. See below for my favorite places to get Poke Bowls in NYC. Of course, with the emergence of new Poke restaurants daily, this list may change as I try new places.

Poke Works

Wasabi Sushi & Bento

Koshe Poke

Sons of Thunder



How to Make a Poke Bowl at Home

So you don’t feel like shelling out up to $15 for a Poke Bowl? Fear not, creating a Poke bowl at home is actually very easy and economical.

Follow these steps:

1st – Decide whether you want your poke over rice or mixed greens. When I’m shooting for a lower carb meal, I always go for tossing my poke over mixed greens. If I’m looking for a middle ground, I choose brown rice. If I absolutely don’t care, then I go for regular white rice.

2ndFind your Nemo. 90% of my poke bowls are made with salmon. However, if I’m feeling adventurous I will mix salmon with tuna. Remember, if you’re making this at home, make sure that you’ve purchased fish that is meant to be eaten raw. If you’re unsure that what you’re purchasing can be consumed raw, just as the store.

3rd – Here comes the fun part, pick your toppings. The possibilities are endless. My go-to toppings include cucumbers, mango, red onions, scallions, carrots and sometimes avocado.

4thDress it up. You can essentially put any type of dressing you want over your poke bowl. I usually keep it simple by adding a little soy sauce or a ginger based dressing. Again, the possibilities are endless.

5thAdd some crunch. If you prefer to add a texture contrast to your bowl, then I recommend adding some crispy onions, sesame seeds, or wonton crisp.

Enjoy your poke!

Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is a practicing real estate attorney & broker in NYC. Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurant, fashion and social scene. When Ash is not practicing law or writing on her blog, she can be found immersed in a good book.

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