305 E 85th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.777133 -73.951669
Mon. - Thu. 5am - 10:45pm;Fri. - Sat. 5am - 11:15pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
Good sushi, pleasant atmosphere – We had a great dinner at Poke. They don't take reservations, but seated us right away at the sushi bar which was fun. I ordered the sashimi and sushi combo and enjoyed everything. The seaweed on the sushi was fresh-crisp and delicate. The yellow fin was fantastic, fresh, rich and buttery. Service was attentive and polite.
And the best part? Byob... ;)
THE BEST SUSHI EVER!!! – I have heard a lot of good things about Poke sushi being fresh, authentic and amazing. What I didn't expect was for all those things to be true. Poke has the freshest, most authentic, innovative sushi I have had in a long time. They don't take reservations so there might be a wait and the restaurant is small but, the sushi is phenominal. Things you MUST try....the truffle roll, pearl roll......too many of the special rolls were too delicious to remember. A MUST TRY RESTAURANT!
Uneven but a decent value – We recently went for our first visit to Poke in its new, larger location. Instead of a hole-in-the-wall (the old Poke), the new room is basically the same as you would expect to find at any sushi restaurant in town. It is too noisy, but not overwhelmingly so I suppose. The service was fine, we didn't have to wait for a table and ended up seated in a nice spot by the windows.
The food was good, but uneven. The salmon preparations were outstanding, as was the eel roll that we had. The yellowtail was not very good in either of the preparations we sampled, and the oyster roll we got was a bit mealy. Overall I'd rate it as slightly better than most of the other sushi restaurants in the neighborhood but not exceptionally noteworthy.
The nice things about Poke are the price, which is lower than most of its competitors, and the BYO policy, which is another money-saver. The down sides are the noise and the inability to make a reservation.
Poke Has Moved 343 E 85th Street – Poke has moved to a bigger and better place. This makes the entire experience much more enjoyable. Before the move the biggest con in my opinion was the size, it was just to small for the number of people who wanted to enjoy the wonderful sushi.
343 E 85th Street (Bet. 1st & 2nd) It's just down the street!
Honest Review – The rolls didnt look as impressive as I expected but they tasted great. In comparison to Tenzan (UWS) Poke's rolls seem downright skimpy... but they were really well balanced. So if you like a lot of fish with your rice go someplace else... if mouthfulls of raw fish isnt your thing.. got to poke. Another plus is their variety of special rolls. I had the gyoza as an appetizer and it was just average. Bottom line is: I will go to Poke again because it was really fresh fish...I just wished that they used a bit more of it.
You can beat the crowd if you go early. I thought the decor was kind of cute...but thats just me.
MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT – Tried Poke for the first time last Friday evening and was GREATLY disappointed. The actual pieces of sashimi were the smallest I have ever been served, and the rolls were sub-par to say the least. Now I understand it's a small place and it's BYOB so they need to turn tables over quicker than most places...but the waitress was literally at our table every 5 minutes pushing us to order. Stick with Upper E staples like Sushi Hana, MUCH better for your $$$.
has upsides and downsides... – It's cash only, so you know what that means :). It's not cheap, but it's not expensive, either. The upside is that the fish is fresh and you can BYOB... any kind of B, including wine, sake, hard liquor-- you name it, they'll open it. The downside is the wait, the decor, and the prices aren't as "cheap" as you would expect. A sushi platter ranges from $17 (for 7 peices) to $24 (for 10 peices plus a roll). The rolls are anywher7e between $7-12, and their fish is about $3-4.50 per peice. The uni and toro is the usual $7-8 per peice. Now, explain to me-- how is this "cheap"? I would call it average-priced!
Poke is Amazing!! – This place is such a find!! My friends and I found it about 8 months ago, and have been in love ever since. The sushi is amazing-have yet to try something that I didnt like. The fact that its BYOB rocks!!! Poke is a rare find in the city!!!
THE BEST SUSHI EVER!!! – Poke is our favorite Sushi Restaurant in the city! Lauren (the waitress) is awesome and so is DJ the sushi chef. The rolls melt in your mouth! Once you start going here you get hooked. The restaurant itself is small but the sushi makes up for it. And it's BYOB which makes it even better! This is by far my favorite restaurant in the city! I highly recommend :-)
hidden gem! – Can't believe I haven't found this place earlier. Very small, but sushi is fresh fresh fresh. Rolls are even better. Not like Sushi of Gari which does the fushion type rolls. Here is back to basic, fresh sushi. Grilled mussels (appertizer) is a must. BYOB make it all the better. Place is small. Sit right next to kitchen area did stink up my clothes. Wait is long on weekends but so worth it. Let's hope more people don't discover it.
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