West Village poke joint Pok the Raw Bar is launching a new $24, 30-minute, eight-course omakase at its "raw bar," a small counter in the restaurant where you can skip the poke bowls and opt instead for an array of sushi — six pieces of nigiri and two hand rolls, in this instance. Omakase comes from the Japanese word “to entrust” and translates to “respectfully leaving another to decide what is best" — which means the chef selects every course of the meal. That can be pretty handy for sushi neophytes who don't feel confident in their raw seafood-ordering skills.
Starting today, you can try Pok's new omakase without spending a dime (save for the tip, obviously). Through Feb. 3, all you have to do is make a lunch reservation through OpenTable to nab a tasting, but with only five seats at the raw bar, reservations are likely to fill up fast. There are only four lunch seatings available each day.
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“Most people don’t have the luxury of spending two hours and $200 on a Wednesday night sushi dinner,” Brandon Cohanim, the restaurant's founder, said in a press release. “I want to make the high-end, high-quality sushi experience quick and accessible for everyone in Dallas.”
Even if you don't snag a free omakase meal, $24 for all that sushi is not a bad deal. But then again, who can say no to a free lunch?
Pok the Raw Bar, 3699 McKinney Ave.