The Facts
NAME: Poké Junké
IT'S: A poké restaurant in Midtown

05-02-2018

OPENED: February 05th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 38 West 38th Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 34th Street – Penn Station
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Friday 10am–6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site

Poké Junké

OPENED14 DAYS AGO

Poké Junké is a new poké restaurant open in Midtown, bringing a unique spin to the traditional Hawaiian bowls.

The bowls and flavors are inspired by Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo’s travels and his great culinary history, and the restaurant represents his return after last summer’s unexpected fire at Tavo stripped him of his Executive Chef role.

The Spot:

Located in the heart of Midtown, Poké Junké is perfect for those weekday lunches or dinners on the way home from work. Like the food, the spot itself is different from other poké restaurants: it’s 90s punk-inspired, with vibes of a street art gallery. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling murals with neon signs and custom-made art, reminiscent of New York’s unique street scene.

The Food: 

The menu at Poké Junké features a variety of Chef Lezo’s signature bowls, and they are unlike anything you would see in another poké restaurant. They include the Squid Pasta bowl, with rice noodles, squid, cilantro, vegetables, pickled ginger, with a ginger ponzu sauce, and  the Tropical Ceviche, with kale, tuna, pineapple, sweet potato, and corn, topped with Chef Lezo’s Leche de Tigre sauce, amongst a handful of delicious others. There is of course a vegan option: the Tofu Vegan comes with a choice of coconut or brown rice, oganic tofu, sweet potato, avocado, pickled veggies, crunchy lotus and the Nepali sauce.

There is also the option to make custom bowls. Guests first choose their base, from a selection of different rices, noodles, or a Brussels sprouts & quinoa mix. Next they pick a protein, including tuna, salmon, squid, or tofu, then veggie mix-ins, and choose from an insane list of toppings, like pickled vegetables of all kinds, crab salad, or roasted pineapple, with the option of also adding crispy toppings. Finally, they can choose from Chef Lezo’s deliciously unique sauces to top off their custom creations. The possibilities are endless!

The Drinks:

There’s a small selection of soft drinks available, including soda and sparkling water.

The Damage:

Poké bowls (including make-your-own) are $13–14, and drinks around $2.50.

In a Nutshell:

Poké Junké is unlike any poké bar or restaurant in New York City. Chef Lezo is a New York City veteran, so he knows the tastes that this city is craving. His expertise in a variety cuisine styles and his knowledge of flavor combinations is sure to make this spot a huge hit. Plus: ginger ponzu sauce.

Images credit: Oleg March

The Facts
NAME: Poké Junké
IT'S: A poké restaurant in Midtown

05-02-2018

OPENED: February 05th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 38 West 38th Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 34th Street – Penn Station
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Friday 10am–6pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
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