Rice Bowls Done Right in New York, LA, SF & Miami

Photo courtesy of: SQIRL

Rice bowls are all the rage these days, and we couldn’t agree more. Healthy, balanced and tasty, they make for the perfect lunch or dinner, solo or with friends. For those who just can’t get enough to those still in the dark on its magical wonders, here are ICBRKR’s top rice bowl recommendations in New York, LA, SF and Miami. Bowls up!

New York

Bara Chirashi Don from OOTOYA: Complete with assorted sashimi and sushi rice, it also comes with a side of miso soup. This high-end Japanese hot spot has lots of other delectable dishes to devour and they have three locations around New York.

Katsu Don from Raku: Served with soup and pickles, this deep fried pork cutlet and egg rice bowl is to die for. Discreet, cozy and delicious, Raku NYC is one of those gems we recommend, period.

Katsu don from Raku. Photo credit: Yelp

Los Angeles

Sorrel Pesto Rice from SQIRL: The best pesto rice bowl comes from this cute 800-square foot spot in Silver Lake. We love adding homemade chicken sausage to it, but you can also add bacon, haloumi, avocado and more. Or keep it vegan/gluten free in its original form.

Devoted / Soul Bowl from Café Gratitude: Our go-to rice bowl there: blackened tempeh, black bean dirty rice, smashed yams, coleslaw, deep-fried chickpea frittata, sautéed kale tossed in heavenly barbecue sauce. *mouth waters* You may have seen these guys in our Healthy Eats blog post too… we just love them.

Char Siu Don from Tsujita: Go early to get their chirashi bowl for $18 -- it’s limited daily and you don’t want to miss it. If you do, fear not! You can get it with uni. Bonus: Tsujita is one of LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants.

Bara Chirashi from Tsujita. Photo credit: Yelp

San Francisco

Pork Belly Rice Bowl from The Chairman: Started by Chef Hiroo Nagahara as a trendy food truck in SF, The Chairman now has permanent locations in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Also on our radar: their amazing visual branding by Taiwanese-American artist, James Jean.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Bowl from Rooster & Rice: Also known as Khao Mun Gai, this is basically the only thing on Rooster & Rice’s menu. Customize it to your taste by choosing between The Original, The Marina, The Vegetarian or the Paleo. Love.

Photo courtesy of: The Chairman


Kappa Rolls + Bowls: These Asian fusion guys just moved to a location at Sunset Drive, Miami and you should definitely check them out. Best bowl? Yours. Create your own Japanese rice bowl with Kappa’s fresh and tasty ingredients.

Rice Mediterranean Kitchen: Here’s a twist on your typical rice bowl -- give it a Mediterranean flair! Build your own with flavors like hummus, honey nut feta, smoky eggplant harissa and more.

Bon appétit, friends! May the powers of the rice bowl bring you peace, happiness and health. Find your next partner-in-crime on the ICBRKR app, available on iOS and Android.

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