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Posted by SG on 07/25/2011
I poke, you poke, we love to poke! I smoke, you smoke, we love to smoke! Good Folk, Bad folk, we love poke! Clean Folk, Smelly Folk, we love poke! Poke, Poke, Poke! Let’s go to Poke!
Posted by Poke love on 06/08/2011
Obviously Sushi lover is not a true sushi lover at all! Bj japanese and family are all japanese as well as kind and curtious. True sushi lovers know to order chef's special or omakasa menu not rolls. Poke is by far one of the best sushi spots in the city.
Posted by Disappointed Sushi-Lover on 05/10/2011
Very disappointing. Went last night and found a restaurant without any Japanese people anywhere (customers, staff, chefs, etc). which didn't bode well. The spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail and spicy salmon rolls were a mayo-mess of gooey-ness without any flavor or much fish. The avocado-eel roll was dry. The spider-crab roll was small and not especially tasty. Worst, the nori wasn't fresh --- it was chewy and never had such bad nori --- it wasn't crisp, wasn't dry, clearly no sushi chef is in charge of minding the store. They charge for a pot of green tea, unsurprisingly. Nobody greeting or saying good-bye to customers as found in a more traditional Japanese place. On the whole, a very disappointing experience with disappointing sushi maki and not good value. Would not return to try again.
Posted by anonymous on 11/18/2010
BYOB is great, but dont bring too much booze unless you plan on continuing to order lots more food. listen, they don't take reservations so you're going to wait a decent amount of time, especially on the weekends. but relax, walk across the street and sit down at the bar while you wait for them to call you over. the sushi is definitely worth it. no you're not going to get enormous rolls like a takeout place. they are delicate but so good and fresh. the fried ice cream dessert is actually really good and if you order dessert they "allow" you to open up more wine and stay a little longer. Otherwise be prepared to feel rushed and practically asked to leave when you're done eating. it's definitely worth the deliciousness though and i have never been let down by the quality when i went. it's not very expensive at all either which is a nice treat in nyc.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2010
where do i begin? long wait- over an hour (good thing there's a good bar across the street). the byo policy is ridiculous- they took our double bottle and only allowed us to have half of it because there were only 3 of us. i don't understand that rule. they also have a rule on how much each person is required to order; we thought we had made it but then after we finished they insisted we hadn't and forced us to order more food. the servers were rude and service was slow. i guess the food itself was not bad, but totally not worth all the other bs. there are many other excellent sushi places around, don't waste your time or money at poke.
Posted by mw200 on 07/18/2010
I went to Poke about a year ago and remember it being far better than it was last night. The atmosphere is still really nice (serene/upscale) but the good wasn't as good as remembered. Here's what my dining companion and I ate: --Soft Shell Crab and Vegetable Tempura appetizer. This was well executed tempura. There was a good portion of crab, but for $14 it would have been nice to see more vegetables on the plate. --Dragon Roll. We had an issue with the dragon roll. Not only was it small in size, but the amount of eel was miniscule and could barely be seen or tasted. --Manhattan Roll, whose description is "outside: half tuna & half salmon w/ spicy sauce -- inside: crab meat, avocado, & cucumber." So, basically, its a California roll topped with tuna and salmon and drizzled with spicy mayo. While the taste was all there, the roll itself was small (8 SMALL pieces). The fish it was topped with was very tasty, but, once again, they were stingy with the amount. --Spicy Yellowtail Roll. This was a disappointment. There was way too much sauce for the amount of fish. As a result, the rolls was overly spicy (I often order spicy yellowtail rolls at sushi places, so it is not as though I wasn't expecting some spiciness. This was just too much of a "knock you over" kick.) Having too much sauce also ruined the fish's texture. Within the roll, the yellowtail was gloppy and slimy, it should have been sturdier. The roll was covered generously in black sesame seeds, which was a nice touch but didn't make up for the poor spicy yellowtail mixture. So that was the food. The waitstaff wasn't much better. I would pick nearby Tenzan over Poke any day.
Posted by Sloth on 04/18/2010
I went in there towards the end of the evening on a staurday and I must say the value and the food quality was amazing however there waiter treated us like we were the devils for coming in so late, if you are a server and you get a late table you should treat them with the same respect as others despite what time they come in!