High-end restaurant groups are getting into the poke game as Livanos — the group behind Oceana and Molyvos — opens Oceana Poke at 1700 Broadway on Monday. It debuts a few months after Ousia, the Greek restaurant it opened in January at Via 57 West.
With a collection of seafood-centric restaurants and Bill Telepan at the helm of Oceana, it seems like a fast-casual, eight-seat spot is a logical next step for the group. The restaurant had been offering different variations of poke at Oceana, which have been reportedly popular, but Telepan isn’t connected to the new restaurant, where David Arias is running the kitchen.
Oceana Poke joins the growing number of poke restaurants around the city, including restaurateurs with full-service restaurants embracing fast-casual like Lee Anne Wong’s Sweetcatch and Michelin-starred Sushi Zo chef Masashi Ito’s Poke Chan.
Less than half a mile west of Oceana at the new poke outpost, there’s no shortage to the number of ingredients piled in a bowl, such as namesake with yellowfin tuna, cucumber, cilantro, scallions, avocado, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, taro chips, nori, spicy mayo, and ponzu; or the seafood citrus bowl with scallops, shrimp, orange, grapefruit, lime, cilantro, seaweed, crispy shallots, guacamole, and ponzu.
There’s also a chicken bowl and the option to choose-your-own-creation, with two or three proteins, a base (white rice, brown rice, quinoa, etc.), mix-ins, toppings, and sauces. Dishes run from $11.95 to $14.95. Oceana Poke is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Check out the menu below.