OKO Rye is Now Open for Lunch (Photos and Reviews)

OKO Rye is now open for lunch. OKO invited me for a taste of their new lunch menu. Below are photos and reviews of my lunch at OKO Rye.

Nigiri Sushi at OKO Rye
Nigiri Sushi at OKO Rye

What’s Good at OKO Rye

Sashimi Salad at OKO Rye

My favorite lunch dish was the sashimi salad. It’s salad greens topped with avocado, sashimi, and crispy quinoa. The sesame ponzu dressing is addictive. The crispy quinoa added an unexpected crunch to the salad!

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Sashimi Salad at OKO Rye

Nigiri Sushi Lunch at OKO Rye

The nigiri sushi is delicious at OKO Rye. Chef Brian Lewis has taken nigiri sushi to the next level. Each sushi stands on each own as a composed dish with unique garnishes and sauce such that there is really no need to dip it in soy sauce or wasabi.

Nigiri Sushi at OKO Rye
Nigiri Sushi at OKO Rye

Tomato and Avocado Poke Bowl

I love that there is a vegetarian poke bowl option. The vegetarian poke bowl is a tomato and avocado poke on sushi rice topped with ponzu dressing. It is so refreshing, truly perfect for lunchtime! (there are edible flowers!)

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Tomato Avocado Poke Bowl at OKO Rye

Sweet Potato Tempura

At any other Japanese restaurant, vegetable tempura is always the afterthought, it’s the side dish that comes with the shrimp tempura. However, at OKO, the vegetable tempura takes center stage. The batter is well done, it’s not doughy. Fried perfectly with seasoning on top!

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Sweet Potato Tempura at OKO Rye

Summer Salad

The summer salad is exquisite. It’s heirloom tomatoes and peaches on creamy tofu topped with miso breadcrumbs. 

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Summer Salad at OKO Rye

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake

I’m still thinking of OKO’s chocolate cake. It’s that good!

Chocolate Cake at OKO Rye
Chocolate Cake at OKO Rye

In addition to the new lunch hours, OKO has also added Benny Chow to the team as Executive Sushi Chef for Full House Hospitality Group, based in Rye.  He has more than 20 years of experience, including at Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s flagship restaurant Morimoto, as well as the acclaimed New York City restaurant Nobu.  Prior to joining Full House Hospitality, he owned and operated the celebrated Ki Asian Bistro & Sushi in Danbury, Connecticut.

OKO Rye Hours

OKO Rye is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner hours are5:00pm-close. 

OKO Lunch Menu

The lunch menu at OKO Rye includes Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi, Vegetable Tempura, Hand Rolls, OKOPOKE and Bento Boxes.

About OKO

OKO is the heartfelt interpretation from Chef Brian Lewis of Japanese ingredients, cooking methods, and cuisine, paired with seasonal, local ingredients from New York, Connecticut, the United States, and the Toyosu Market (formerly Tsukiji Fish Market) in Tokyo.  Showcasing Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, casual, small plate dining meant for sharing is encouraged, in a lively and charming atmosphere.  

OKO’s first location is located in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse in Downtown Westport, Connecticut (6 Wilton Road), with a second location in the heart of Rye, New York (29 Purchase Street).  For more information, including hours and reservations, visit www.okokitchen.com

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