Chikarashi, Chinatown, New York
The Facts
NAME: Chikarashi
IT'S: A Japanese-style poké restaurant

16-05-2016

OPENED: May 16th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Michael Jong Lim
DID YOU KNOW: It's the first poké restaurant in Chinatown
LOCATION: Chinatown
ADDRESS: 227 Canal Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Canal Street
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Set 11am-4pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 646 649 5965
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Chikarashi

OPENED1823 DAYS AGO

Most food offerings in Chinatown are traditional Chinese cuisine but now they have a new twist with Chikarashi. The new spot on 227 Canal St is a Japanese-style poké sushi bowl restaurant and is the first of its kind in the area (with other poké restaurants located in Midtown, Upper East Side and other parts of Manhattan).

Head chef, Michael Jong Lim (former executive chef at West Village sushi restaurant, Neta) is serving up a contemporary take on Hawaiian poké bowls which are inspired by Japanese chirashi but include a mix of Chinese and Korean flavours too. Before Neta, Lim has also refined his skills in the Michelin-starred kitchens of Masa, Aldea, and Aureole in New York City.

The restaurant’s menu is advertised as being ‘from sea to table.’ There are six poké bowls on the menu, including the Goya Shoyu Tuna, Sichuan Chili Salmon and a daily special. And, as you’d expect, everything from the wasabi to the mayonnaise is made in-house.

The lower Manhattan neighbourhood has long been rich with Chinese culture and has a population of nearly 100,000 people and it is home to the largest population of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere. The goal of the restaurant’s owners is to bring a higher standard of food to Chinatown, offering up high quality and responsibly sourced fish in a new way without trying to compete with the ‘staple’ Chinese restaurant neighbours that have made the area so famous.

Chikarashi’s decor is simple and unfussy, featuring just a single long counter. They are currently only open during lunch hours.

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The Facts
NAME: Chikarashi
IT'S: A Japanese-style poké restaurant

16-05-2016

OPENED: May 16th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Michael Jong Lim
DID YOU KNOW: It's the first poké restaurant in Chinatown
LOCATION: Chinatown
ADDRESS: 227 Canal Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Canal Street
OPENING TIMES: Mon-Set 11am-4pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 646 649 5965
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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