Beyond Sushi

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One of the many wonderful things about NYC is the food—this is a town that caters to practically any kind of diet you can think of. It’s especially friendly to vegetarians and vegans. The other night, I had the pleasure of dining with a few herbivore friends at Beyond Sushi (which I think I maybe first heard about on Valerie’s blog?).

This place is the creation of Hell’s Kitchen, finalist, Chef Guy Vaknin, who saw a need for delicious, vegan sushi, and began creating gorgeous fruit and vegetable sushi. Each piece comes wrapped in either black forbidden rice or a customized six-grain rice blend. Tofu, veggie purées, and delicious sauces like toasted Cayenne, Carrot Ginger, Shiitake Teriyaki, Mango Chili, or White Miso take the place of high-sodium soy sauce (though you can still find it on the table). There are also delicious noodle soup bowls as well as appetizers and desserts.

There are only three small tables in the East 14th Street location, but we managed to score a spot by the window. Every single thing we ordered was delicious. My friends shared some sushi (and were kind of enough to share—I can totally vouch for the “Crunch N’ Munch” roll) and coconut curry noodles, while I went with a mushroom-tastic soba noodle bowl with white miso sauce. beyond sushi mushroom noodles

F-ing awesome. Did I ever mention that mushrooms are one of my favorite foods ever? If I lived closer, I would probably eat here all the time. I already can’t wait to go back. For those of you who prefer to stick to the west side, there’s also a location called The Green Roll in Chelsea Market. I’m looking for an excuse to visit soon. You should too.

Have you ever had vegetarian sushi? Do you like mushrooms? 

6 thoughts on “Beyond Sushi

    Ani said:
    November 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    One of the best veggie sushis I;ve had was called a Popeye Roll – it was spinach, avocado, and asparagus. YUM! I also went somewhere that served a Shiitake Maki haha just a simple mushroom roll that was delicious.

      Jess responded:
      November 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Those both sound lovely

    Ameena said:
    November 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I’ve been dying to go to Beyond Sushi but 1. my husband doesn’t eat sushi, and b. my husband doesn’t like small restaurants.

    One of these days I will get there!

      Jess responded:
      November 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Haha well if you ever need a partner in small vegetable sushi restaurant crime, you know to call!

    eyechow said:
    November 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Yay, I’m so glad I [might have] introduced you to this great spot! Once I get a Beyond Sushi craving, I have to have it. I especially love that dark rice and all the yummy veggies! I’ll have to try the new Chelsea Market location next.

      Jess responded:
      November 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Yes, thank you! Totally agree about the rice—gorgeous yet uncomplicated.

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