This month, I decided to take a trip to the Upper East Side to try Poke Restaurant, which is all the rage in NYC nowadays. New York City is known for pizza, cheesecake, deli, bagels, pretzels, and much more… but not sushi. For a while, I’ve said that I’ve had much better sushi on vacation that I have at home here in New York. That all changed when I tried Poke Restaurant on the Upper East Side.
I walked in at around 8:00 pm on a Thursday night and was told the wait was an hour. Because of fomo, I knew I had to wait. While I was waiting, I ran to the bank because this casual, BYOB joint is cash only. I was really excited to try this restaurant because if it lived up to the hype, it’d be perfect- a casual, yet tasty sushi place that is desperately needed on NYC’s Upper East Side. And spoiler: it most definitely lived up to the hype.
When I sat down, before even opening up the menu, I ordered the spicy miso soup because it was something I have heard about from some friends. After tasting it, I was upset because it didn’t reach my expectations. Then I ordered the tuna tataki as an appetizer, and it was probably the best tuna tataki I have ever had -- no overreaction here. But, what really made this the best sushi meal I have ever had was one thing in specific.
I ordered a few rolls. They were all fresh and delicious. But, nothing stood out to me like the Truffle Roll. This sushi roll combined two of my all time favorite foods- salmon rolls, and truffle oil. This was one of those foods you order multiple orders of because it tastes unlike anything else you know off, not because you're hungry. Whenever anyone asks me for a restaurant recommendation in New York, this automatically pops into my head.The name is misleading, however, because the restaurant does not serve any sort of poke bowls. The downsides here are that you may be waiting a while for your food, the space is very loud, and the portions are small. But if you have time to wait, do not pass up the opportunity to try Poke Restaurant. It’s a must!