Chikarashi, the Chinatown poke restaurant with Japanese influences from Neta vet Michael Jong Lim, has risen to the top of the poke crop enough to add location number two in Nomad. Now open, this new location at 1158 Broadway is nearly identical with an all-wood look and similar menu that does not allow for customizing.
Lim’s menu takes the traditional Hawaiian dish and combines it with chirashi, the fish-topped Japanese rice bowl, making for more inventive bowls than those found at many shops around town. In addition to the ever-popular tuna, there’s also Sichuan chili salmon, roasted miso cod, grilled eel, and more. The menu is in full below.
New Yorkers apparently have an insatiable appetite for poke, with dozens of locations popping up in recent years. But Chikarashi has made a name for itself, with multiple outlets — including Eater’s critic Robert Sietsema — singling out the shop as the city’s best. A third location is on track for a February 2018 opening in the Financial District.
Chikarashi is now open in Nomad weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.