Pokéworks Brings Bold, Fresh Hawaiian Flavors to Davis Square

The Tufts Daily, December 2016

Now, one does not have to go further than Davis Square to try out this light but filling alternative to sushi. Pokéworks, located on Elm Street, features satisfying poké bowls that are full of fresh ingredients that won't break the bank.

Ultimately, it turns out that poké ─ as few things rarely are ─ is worth the hype. Both the tuna and the salmon were tender and fresh. The sauces were flavorful, and the sushi rice was perfectly sticky. Poké is a good midpoint between a customizable salad place and a place like Chipotle.

By Alison Epstein | Read more: The Tufts Daily


Somerville Gets Two Poké Stops in December

One of the country's fastest-growing chains, Pokéworks has four locations in California, Washington, and New York City, and eight more on the way, including spots in Chicago, Houston, and Washington, D.C. The company sources seafood sustainably to create its customizeable ahi, albacore, Atlantic salmon, and shrimp bowls, salads, and oh-so-Instagrammable sushi burritos. It also has tofu options, hot miso soup, and bottled drinks, like Hawaiian Sun.

So, as the cold descends on Somerville, warm up knowing that the fresh, bright flavors of Hawaii will be easy to come by.

By Jacqueline Cain | Read more: Boston Magazine

Pokéworks: Fast-Growing Poké Brand

Familiar with Pokéworks, currently one of the fastest growing fast-casual poké brands? The ocean-to-counter restaurant is expanding with ten openings slated for the coming months including NYC, Seattle, Chicago and DC. Also offering franchise opportunities, the first franchise location opens in Boston next month.

Popularized from a viral poké burrito video (over 42 million views) and known for offering a variety of customizable options with a "poké-your-way" mentality, Pokéworks couple high-quality seafood with traditional Hawaiian ingredients like furikake, hijiki seaweed, mango and macadamia nuts.

As one of the first to market in the poké fast-casual space, Pokéworks is leading the fast-casual poké market with rapid expansion in major markets including NYC, the Bay Area, Irvine, Boston, DC, Chicago, and Seattle with 15 locations slate to be running by the end of 2017.

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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


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


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.

By Marion Bernstein | Read more: Time Out

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.

By Ruggy Joesten | Read more: Gotham