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Posted by Anna on 01/27/2006
I have eaten sush all over the city in some of the top restaurants but none of them compare to the sushi I've had at Poke. The triple spicy rolls, sushi deluxe and dragon rolls are highly recommended and are so succulent and fresh it's literally to die for!! Yes, the decor is nothing to write home about, but even for someone like myself who goes for ambiance and love beautiful surroundings I found Poke to be charming.
Posted by ezw518 on 01/19/2006
I love Poke for a myriad of reasons: first and foremost for the superb quality of their food. Not only does Chef BJ select and serve the freshest fish, but simple dishes like edamame, gyoza, and miso soup transcend all competitor's. But sushi reigns supreme here--every bite melts in your mouth, a symphony of flavor (even simple pieces like salmon sushi resonate with light, lemony zest). I recommend the Mexican roll, X-mas Roll, and the Truffle Roll, as well as the Sushi Regular (a veritable bargain at $16). Yes, the space lacks ambience, as many others have noted. Ironically, I find Poke's aesthetic apathy somewhat charming--a testament to culinary determination! I go to Poke once a week because it's my absolute favorite. Dinner is so delicious, I don't even mind that I can hear diners' conversations, because everybody revels in how phenomenal the food is.
Posted by Absolutely scrumtrulecent on 01/12/2006
Too be honest, i had my doubts upon entering this tiny little hole in the wall. But i was wrong..... Though the portions were quite small, the fish is stupendous and sooooo fresh compared to other neighborhood sushi joints. I would reccomend the sushi deluxe and spicy spider roll which is a soft shell crab roll wrapped with spicy tuna.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2006
Poke is probably in the top 3 for sushi rolls in the entire city. Yeah, the restaurant is a tiny hole in the wall, but why do you think its always packed?
Posted by UES Quality Palate on 12/04/2005
I loved this restaurant. If you don't get one of the 6 tables available or a seat at the sushi bar, you're out of luck for the night. I am not quite sure how it received a "4" for Decor in Zagat. I think it is a -1, but the BYOB was a consolation. They should slap a coat of paint on the place once a decade, but with enough sake, you might not remember the scuffed walls and visible plumbing.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/26/2005
Don't let the people who complain about stupid stuff ruin your chance to eat good food. Yes there is no decor, were you going to eat the wallpaper? The service is ok. Yes they need to expand. But the food is really good. And that's why you should go. (Remember they only scored 1 pt below Nobu for food in Zagat) BJ is a very talented sushi chef, and those of you with trite complaints should focus on why you are so unhappy in your lives rather than take it out on a good restaurant.
Posted by Anonmyous on 09/28/2005
I went to Poke last night. While the service was fine and the BYO policy was great, I was disappointed when I received my Sashimi Deluxe entree. On the plate sat no more than 12 pieces of sashimi, not 18 that one would get at any other japanese restaurant. The kicker is that 2 of those 12 pieces were what seemed like imitation crab! When I held up my plate and asked him if he was kidding putting this on my plate, the "sushi chef" said that it is up to the "chef" what he served and if I didn't like it then don't eat it. I was incredulous and stunned into silence by this Philistine excuse for a "sushi chef". Needless to say for the first time in the history of my love affair with sashimi, I left two pieces uneaten on my plate.