The Best Cheap Poke Bowl in NYC || Operation $5 Lunch

Ask anyone in New York City and they’ll give you their favorite spot for Poke. The fresh fish salad originated in Hawaii and the word itself actually means “to slice or cut” just like the fish is done in the bowl itself. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we’re taking you to Brooklyn where you can find the wildly popular dish for under $5.


Senior Producer
Marco Shalma

Marvin Mack

Colin Webb

Daniel Byrne

Assistant Editor
Nakia Scott

Fredy Delgado

Line Producer
Jonathan Rinkerman

Supervising Producer
Stasia Tomlinson

Production Coordinator
Sarah Barry

Head of Video
Justin Lundstrom

Special Thanks
Chisai Poke Bar

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Written by frances

Lawyer, Believer, Idea Agent, Database Wrangler, Human Casserole. I want to see your peacock.


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  1. Never tried a Poke bowl, but have wanted to since I first heard of them…
    Oh another note anytime I see NYC on the TV or YouTube I get so sad, I've been once and never knew it was possible to fall in love with a City until I was crying when leaving.

  2. I was wondering where the hate came from, then i remembered his name : PREZ

    Not the good 4 years to be called PREZ he he he

  3. Why call this show $5 lunch if you are going to spend more than $5?
    Having the change roll over sorta defeats the whole concept of $5 lunch.

  4. Sorry but its definitely not all American but polynesian. I say polynesian because all islanders have a version of fresh caught fish with salt and local additions. Tourist that would visit always hated poke until we added it to a bowl of rice with spicy mayo or some avocado to make it palatable. Please share the facts correctly just because Hawaii is the 50th state, a dish created by our ancestors before being overtaken is not American but we did Americanize it just so it fits to everyones liking.

  5. I thought poke was Hawaiian… I've had spicy tuna poke bowl in Hawaii w more tuna than they put in there for 5 bucks.

  6. This isn't poke, this is sushi in a bowl. You can't do $5 lunch with a dish that has a food cost this high.

  7. For some reason the music seems really LOUD in the restaurant almost drowning Prez out. The constant repetition of the music was annoying as well. Please Turn. It. Down!
    Otherwise perfect as usual. I must try some of that poke!
    Jenn 💖 in Canada 🍁

  8. Don't think you'll see this Thrillist~but~I just read an article about something called CHOPPED CHEESE in Harlem. I'd love to see a video about that! If it's been done, apologies.
    Jenn 💖 in Canada 🍁

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