Poke Trend Steamrolls Forward As Pokeworks Plans Two New Outposts

Apparently poke shows no signs of stopping its takeover of New York City — Pokeworks, one of first fast casual poke shops to pop up in New York, plans to open two more locations in Manhattan by January. The restaurant's small first location on Midtown at 63 West 37th Street, near Sixth Avenue, has had long lines at lunch since it opened earlier this year. The chain now plans to open restaurants near Grand Central, at 122 East 42nd St., and near Union Square, at 23 East 15th St. early next year.

The planned new locations are both more than twice as big as the original outpost near Bryant Park, with more seating and more room to grab-and-go bowls of poke.

By Serena Dai | Read more: Eater NY

Hawaiian-Style Poke Will Descend Upon Davis Square

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Pokéworks, a small poke chain with locations open or coming soon in California, New York, and Seattle, is expanding to Somerville's Davis Square, possibly resulting in side-by-side sushi burrito restaurants. This Pokéworks location will be the first of its kind in the Boston area, although poke dishes can be found at some sushi restaurants around town.

Pokéworks' menu includes a number of pre-designed bowls, such as the Hawaiian Classic and the Wasabi Shrimp & Scallops. Customers can also go the DIY route by choosing a base (a bowl with white or brown rice or quinoa, a "pokirrito" — a wrap with white rice and seaweed, or a salad with chopped romaine), up to three proteins (various fish, chicken, and tofu options), vegetable and fruit mix-ins (edamame, mango, and more), flavorings and sauces (salt, Sriracha aioli,, etc.) and toppings (seaweed salad, picked ginger, toasted rice puffs, and more).

The company is eyeing the Seaport District, Downtown Crossing, the Financial District, and suburban locations for future expansion.

By Rachel Leah Blumenthal | Read more: Eater Boston

On Trend, Downtown Gets Its Own Poke Place

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Seattle, are you sick of poke yet? Restaurateurs are betting no, as the Hawaiian raw fish salad trend continues to flourish with the arrival of fast-casual restaurant chain Pokéworks, now open at the corner of 3rd and Seneca Downtown.

Customers can pick from among eight pre-built "signature works" bowls with ingredients like Ahi tuna, sous vide shrimp, seaweed, cucumber, and ponzu sauce, or opt to build "Poke Your Way," which allows customers to build their own bowls, burritos, or salads, adding protein, sauces, and toppings. There are also a handful of sides, including miso soup, roasted seaweed, and mango coco jelly.

By Megan Hill | Read more: Eater Seattle

Every Sushi Burrito in NYC Worth Eating

Try a sushi burrito— NYC has plenty of places to get the toasted nori stuffed with everything from yellowfin to yasai.

Using only high-quality, sustainably sourced fish, Pokéworks puts a Hawaiian spin on this sushi trend, tossing the cubes of raw fish with chopped green onion, shredded sweet onion and a touch of Hawaiian salt before being rolling it up with uniquely Japanese flavors like hijiki seaweed and shiso leaves.

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Manhattan's Best Places to Get in on the Poké Craze

If you're not hip to the sushi-grade tuna bowl game, our friends at Yelp NYC have found four places to encourage you to get off the bench and see what you've been missing.

Pokéworks is quite possibly the best thing to happen to Midtown West since Penn Station (as if). Though Pokéworks has only shared a wall with Chik-Fil-A for a year, they're one of the forefathers of the rapidly growing NYC poké movement. Whether you prefer your fish wrapped up or in a bowl, they're a refreshing addition to an otherwise uninspiring Midtown lunch scene.

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This poké trend is hotter than ever, which is exactly why you need to be grabbing lunch at Pokéworks. Not only does Pokéworks menu of bowls (rice or lettuce) and burritos feature only sustainably sourced fish, the traditional poké concept is also expanded into salmon, chicken, and tofu, making it an appealing choice for pretty much anyone.

By Christine Fischer | Read more: Thrillist

Poke, the Food, Gaining Popularity in NYC

Poke is popping up all around town. Traditionally it's a Hawaiian marinated fish salad. But Pokeworks on West 37th Street in Manhattan is mixing it up by offering fish, chicken, and even tofu.

But beyond the fish and meat, it's all about the toppings, from fish roe to sesame oil. And the combinations are delicious. With the poke trend taking off, the long lines here are a constant, but customers here say it's worth every minute.

For now, this is Pokeworks' only New York location, but you can expect Grand Central and Union Square locations in the coming months.

By Baruch Shemtov | Read more: Fox 5 NY

There's a Charmander at the Midtown Pokeworks

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Midtown Manhattan is swarming with bats right now — cartoon ones, at least, as Pokémon Go players' phones are filled up with flickering Zubats — but there are still plenty of treasures to be found. Notably Charmander, the much-beloved starter Pokémon, whose ease of capture if you select him in the very beginning of the game is rivaled only by his scarcity in the wild. Want to catch him? He's appropriately located just inside Pokeworks, on of the many storefronts popping up to sate New Yorkers' currently uncontrollable urge for poke (po-kay), the Hawaiian raw-fish salad.

Another Pokémon Go player waiting in line at the restaurant (located at 63 W. 37th St; and it's also a Poké Stop, currently modded — thanks, intrepid player DrewBearz!) also caught the Charmander, confirming that this is not an isolated incident. Turns out Pokémon love poke, just like everyone else.

By Helen Rosner | Read more: Eater NY