When poke first became big, it wasn’t that easy to find in county. While fast-casual restaurants dedicated to the Hawaiian staple — the name is Hawaiian for “to cut,” referring to the way the raw fish is cubed — were opening in New York City, only a handful of spots in Westchester were serving trendy dish. Fast forward, and you can now find poke all over the county from fine-dining restaurants to fast-casual chains to food halls.
16 Harwood Ct, Scarsdale; 914.725.0555
This mini-chain doling out açai and smoothie bowls also puts poke on the menu. Build your own or choose from one of five preset options, including marinated ahi tuna with edamame, sweet onions, seaweed salad and avocado-poblano sauce, or spicy salmon that brings the heat with jalapeño, spicy furikake, and spicy mayo.
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1 Willett Ave, Port Chester; 914.937.8226
Despite all the tacos and guacamole, the tuna poke — cubed raw tuna with green and white onions, poke dressing, avocado, sesame seeds, and fried ginger — is one of our favorite orders at this summery Port Chester taco spot.
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21 S Division St, Peekskill; 914.788.4663
Louie Lanza’s quirky American bar with an international menu (everything from pupu platters and un-fried rice to chicken wings and loaded potato skins) includes this poke salad bowl with greens, pickled carrots, crispy wonton skins, and carrot-ginger-miso dressing.
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837 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale; 914.725.3450
Open since 1981, this seafood restaurant isn’t afraid to put new fads on the menu. Case in point: the poke with sushi-grade ahi tuna, sticky rice, fish roe, pickled ginger, and wasabi.
153 E Main St, Mount Kisco; 914.241.1200
There are lots of creative options at Exit 4’s Inno Sushi (sushi burritos and sushi tacos, anyone?), but when it comes to poke, the signature bowls keep things relatively simple with tuna in classic condiments like spicy mayo or ginger, soy sauce, and sesame.
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125 Westchester Ave, White Plains
Located in The Westchester’s revamped Savor food court, fast-casual chains Hai Street Kitchen and The Little Beet both have poke on the menu. At Hai Street the menu includes several options, including shrimp-avocado and Norweigan salmon with jalapeño aioli, while The Little Beet does a healthy salmon version with brown rice and yuzu.
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1086 N Broadway, Ste 115, Yonkers; 914.963.0777
At Yonkers’ Boyce Thompson Center this sushi restaurants specializes (obviously) in all kinds of raw preparations, including this poke — tuna, salmon, or yellowtail with spring mix, fennel, truffle-sherry-vinegar sauce, and sushi rice.
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472 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville; 914.741.5285
This stylish modern Mexican taqueria from the owners of Briarcliff Manor’s 105-Ten does raw seafood several ways. One of the most playful takes is this tuna poke, served as tostadas on crispy corn tortillas.
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402 Main St, Armonk; 914.730.1144
It makes sense that a restaurant promising to bring a taste of Montauk to Westchester would put an emphasis on fresh seafood. Among the chowder, lobster rolls, and fish tacos, is this tuna bowl with pico de gallo, avocado, and tortilla chips for scooping.
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237 Market St, Yonkers; 914.375.9273
Located in Ridge Hill, this location of Yard House serves its poke — marinated ahi tuna, avocado, serrano chiles, nori, sriracha aioli, and white truffle sauce — on a bed of crispy wonton “nachos,” perfect for snacking while you hang at the bar with a craft beer in the other hand.â€‹