Looking to give in to the drool worthy poké craze? Pokéworks, located at 63 W 37th Street just before the intersection with Avenue of the Americas (a convenient distance to Bryant Park to enjoy your meal outside), could not be a better place to indulge. As tacky as it seems, you may want to keep any sunglasses you were previously wearing over your eyes, as the onions waiting to be placed into the meals can make your eyes burn, and you should be prepared to be standing in extremely close proximity to other patrons, as the restaurant itself is more like a hallway (but the workers are so efficient that you won’t be in there for more than 10 minutes). I also would recommend going at a more obscure time to ensure that you don’t have to wait in an absurdly long line (which really is just a testament to the success of the restaurant, though). I would always take a train into Grand Central after my last class of the day, so I would usually arrive in Manhattan around 2 p.m. and then walk straight there and never had to wait longer than 10 minutes, so in between meals is a pretty safe bet for anyone who wants to try Pokéworks but doesn’t have too much time to wait for the meal. Pokéworks offers a selection of “signature works” if you don’t know what you want to put into your bowl, salad, or burrito, or if you’re looking to try something more authentic. There is also the option to build your own meal, and the steps are easy to follow (if you can handle places like Chipotle, you can handle Pokéworks). If I were to have my own signature work, it would be a bowl with brown rice, double tuna, cucumbers, classic salt flavor with sriracha aioli on the side (it’s so good but too much is overwhelming), avocado, lotus crisps, and onion crisps. As of right now I can’t bring myself to divert from this specific combo, but I’ll be sure to try some other forms soon. If you’re not a fish person, Pokéworks also provides the options of shrimp, scallops, chicken, and organic tofu, so you have no reason to miss out on this delicious opportunity to try a poké bowl (or burrito or salad). Price-wise, this restaurant isn’t too bad (avocado is an extra couple dollars, and a standard bowl, burrito, or salad comes to about 11$). Definitely plan ahead where you’re going to sit to enjoy your meal, though, due to the tight quarters of the restaurant (seriously, though, Bryant Park is such a short walk away and where better could you go to savor your poké?). Overall, Pokéworks is a definite success, and with its absolutely delicious food it’s easy to see why. Sushi lovers and haters alike can find a meal that’ll make their mouths water here, and so if you’re in midtown and looking for somewhere guaranteed to make a good meal, definitely check out Pokéworks!
For more information: http://www.pokeworks.com