Move over Cronuts, cupcakes, milkshakes with frosting on the side, and ramen burgers. There’s a new line-inducing craze in town: chopped up raw fish. Around this time last year, New York City had exactly zero restaurants dedicated to poke. Now there are at least a half-dozen, including this new fast casual restaurant called The Poke Spot, which opened on Friday in the old Subway space on Fourth Avenue, with a buy-one-get-one-free deal that brought the crowds. It serves chopped up fish on sliced avocados. The lines persisted through the evening.
Is this peak poke, or just the beginning of a trend that will persist for years to come? Only time will tell.