This New Fast-Casual Spot Aims to Bring Hawaiian Poké to the Masses

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The West Swell over zucchini noodles: ahi tuna, sweet onions, tobiko, wasabi-avocado cream, herbs, and Wisefish sauce.
The West Swell over zucchini noodles: ahi tuna, sweet onions, tobiko, wasabi-avocado cream, herbs, and Wisefish sauce. Photo: Melissa Hom

Further proof that the bowl is the meal of the moment: Today Wisefish Poké opens in Chelsea, offering made-to-order poké bowls, which have a base of white or brown rice, zucchini noodles, or mixed greens, and then a choice of toppings that include ahi tuna, crab salad, hijiki seaweed, wasabi-avocado cream, tobiko, and citrus-ponzu sauce. You can design your own bowl, which come in three different sizes, or choose from one of four “house favorites.”

It’s like the Hawaiian Chipotle: Service is fast-casual — you order at the counter, and either take the food to go or sit at the communal table — and the fish is responsibly sourced from purveyors like Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. The food is fresh, healthy, and, hopefully, pathogen-free.

Heat Wave over white rice: salmon, cucumber, jalapeños, scallions, herb mix, spicy citrus, shoyu.
Heat Wave over white rice: salmon, cucumber, jalapeños, scallions, herb mix, spicy citrus, shoyu. Photo: Melissa Hom
Hawaii Style over white rice: ahi tuna, hijiki, scallions, sweet onions, classic sauce.
Hawaii Style over white rice: ahi tuna, hijiki, scallions, sweet onions, classic sauce. Photo: Melissa Hom
The space.
The space. Photo: Melissa Hom

Menu [PDF]

Wisefish Poké, 263 West 19th St.,