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New York’s PokéSpot Is Coming to Rittenhouse

It’s the one with the cuddly otter logo 

Spicy ponzu tuna bowl at The Pokéspot
Pokéspot [official photo]

Philadelphia is about to get another option for poké, the cubed-up raw fish and rice dish that’s a staple of Hawaiian cuisine and, in recent years, a hot trend in Philly and other cities. The PokéSpot, a fast-casual eatery with two locations in New York City, is opening its third location at 1804 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse. It’s going into the street-level storefront below hair salon Blo/Out, which is upstairs.

PokéSpot’s New York restaurants, in Union Square and Soho, sell a mix of build-your-own poke bowls and suggested combinations, like the more traditional spicy salmon option with salmon, cucumber, edamame, seaweed salad, kani salad (crab salad), masago, and Sriracha aioli. Then there’s the less traditional Miso Surf & Turf Bowl with chicken, shrimp, fresno chili, cucumber, mango, kani salad, and spicy miso. The bowls in New York start at $10.95. To go with them, PokéSpot also offers sides of kani and seaweed salads, and a stuffed avocado with a choice of protein, toppings, and sauce.

Expect a similar menu when the poké restaurant opens here, though in New York the shops serve beer and wine — here the drink selection will be teas.

The Philly location is currently staffing up and should be open mid- or late May. There’s another new poké place heading to town: Abunai Poké out of Washington, D.C., is opening at the upcoming Bourse food hall.

The PokéSpot is opening on Chestnut Street
Rachel Vigoda