Remember when the first couple poke spots opened in New York, and then a hundred more seemed to pop up overnight? Either you answered yes, or we owe a belated congratulations to you and the rest of the Class of 2017. Now it seems like there are poke spots on every corner, but Chikarashi is our favorite. Unlike places where you build-your-own bowl and often end up with a lot of rice and some mashed spicy tuna, Chikarashi serves set bowls with fair portions of fresh fish. There are some seats along the walls, but the small space gets packed on weekdays, so plan on taking it to go.
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Barbounia is definitely not our jam. It’s way too expensive for what they’re serving, and the grandiose and gaudy decor makes it feel like some sort of vaguely Mediterranean performance hall. Like at any moment one of the bus boys might start juggling.
Il Fiorista is an attractive all-day Mediterranean spot in Nomad that you should use for drinks and a light bite at the bar.
Sushi By Bou
Sushi By Bou is a hidden sushi spot in Flatiron where you can have a 12-course omakase for $50, in 30 minutes flat.
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An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
Kokage is a Japanese spot run by the same people as Kajitsu, and it works for a nice (but less formal) lunch or dinner around Grand Central.
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