A poke bowl restaurant and ramen shop will soon be neighbors in the center of Hoboken’s Washington Street.
Signage for Piki Poke and for Muteki Ramen has gone up on the 500 block of Washington Street in the last year, and Piki recently added a giant cuddly mascot, “Picky Poke,” to its storefront window as work progresses inside.
Piki Poke’s website promises Hawaiian poke bowls with fresh ingredients.
Muteki Ramen’s storefront next door, at 533 Washington Street, is not as far along, but the owners have removed the vestiges of the old Sleep Island bed and mattress store that was there for many years.
Both restaurants applied to the Hoboken Planning Board for approval in October of 2017 and are being designed by Icom Architects.
The block seems to be attracting Pacific-themed eateries, as it’s already home to another poke shop, Makai a few doors down at 521 Washington, which features “boat to bowl” fresh fish, acai bowls, and Hawaiian hot dogs.
And, as recently reported by Jersey Digs, another shop serving Pacific island eats, SunMerry Bakery – part of a national chain serving Taiwanese pastries – has announced its intent to open at 519 Washington St., right next to Makai.
The SunMerry chain already has several locations in California and two in New Jersey: one in Fort Lee and another in Edison. It has plans to open a second Fort Lee location at 2024 Center Avenue.