Welcome, foodies, to the first edition of Asian Crush’s THE NOM.COM, the internet’s SOLE SOURCE OF AMATEUR FOOD CRITICISM.
That was a blatant lie. We’re all well-aware of Yelp.
But it’s the best one!
Also up for debate. But the one with the BEST NAME?
This week the AC crew checked out one of the newest spots in NYC, Pokéworks, for some sushi burritos. Poké is a Hawaiian appetizer that means literally “raw fish salad,” three words sure to send sophisticated NYC guts arumble. From a tiny storefront right next to the new Chick-fil-A at 37th and 5th, the fledgling fast-food joint offers customers either create-your-own or predetermined recipes in a Subway-style buffet line.
Essentially, it’s Chipotle for Poké–sans the E. coli, hopefully. Much like its spiritual burrito-peddling predecessor, at Pokéworks you can choose between a bowl, salad or burrito. Despite looking like a knock-off of most salad cafes (and Chipotle), everything here is Asian-inspired, from Japan to Hawaii. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who wanted to try poké, because we hit a line right on the sidewalk. “This better be worth the wait,” we all muttered darkly. Just kidding, we didn’t do that.
They have predetermined recipes based off classic styles. The Japanese-Hawaiian fusion was obvious. Two of us actually ordered pre-set options (wasabi shrimp & scallop and spicy ahi tuna burritos). Personally, I didn’t trust my own judgement in coming up with a killer poké combo; best leave it to the menu-making experts, methinks.
And me-tummy agrees. It was delish. So fresh. So spicy.
Eating sushi like a burrito made me feel dangerous.
The burritos are actually seaweed paper with flattened rice rolled around any filling of your choosing. The Japanese fusion comes from the sashimi pieces of fish as well as the wasabi dressing. We ended up getting two customized bowls and two pre-made burritos. That seems like nice balance for a review.
Final verdict: NOMMITY-NOM
There were mixed feelings among us about the hype behind the food, but we all agreed it was definitely worth trying. Stop by at least twice: first, to get a general feel of flavors, then once more to get a little ~creative~ with the build-yourpown your options.
In the battle of burrito vs. bowl, the well-portioned bowl, predictably, came out on top. I was seduced by the concept of a sushi burrito–SUSHI? IN A BURRITO? LIKE A GIANT HAND ROLL? BRILLIANT. ZANY. LOVE IT–but I should have known better. I mean, hello, I’ve been to Chipotle. Always go for the bowl. The burritos, if you’ve really stuffed ’em good (ew), are truly beastly to eat.
Expect this place to be even more busy when the heat finally descends, since the noms are light and refreshing. Go for a run in a park and then stop here to refuel and refresh.