Beyond Sushi is a vegan sushi eatery by husband and wife team Guy and Tali Vaknin. The concept is simple, but brilliant, and the name says it all. They currently have three locations throughout the city: Union Square, Chelsea Market, Midtown West. The Union Square location had a few tables, but most customers were getting their order to go. It’s a good spot for dining solo or for a quick lunch. I stopped by for some food after a haircut in the neighborhood.
Depending on how busy they are, you may have to wait a while for your sushi as everything is made to order. By the way, I am in love with the closeup shots of their sushi! While you wait for your food, you can drool over the colorful photographs that line the wall.
Fun fact: Chef/owner Guy Vaknin was a contestant on season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen. I remember that season, and I recognized chef Guy when he briefly stopped by to check in with his staff. I would have liked to say hello and how great the food was, but I had my mouth full of the delicious Mighty Mushroom roll. Talking was just not going to happen!
I ordered the roll and small wrap combo ($10.79), plus a refreshing blueberry lemonade ($3.90). Before diving in, I had to sit for a couple minutes and admire the pretty food. I’ve had vegetarian sushi before, but many places just throw a vegetable or two into your standard rice and nori roll and call it a day. This is far more interesting than that.
You know me… I couldn’t turn down the Mighty Mushroom roll. Six-grain rice with tofu, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and micro arugula topped with a dollop of shiitake teriyaki sauce. Loved the texture of the rice and mushroomy flavors. What a beauty, right?
The Sweet Angel wrap was filled with buckwheat noodles, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, baked sweet potato, romaine lettuce, chili flakes, and kimchi. Between the kimchi and toasted cayenne sauce, this wrap had a nice spiciness to it. The sweet potato added a little creaminess. This was just the small wrap, but it was quite filling. Unfortunately, it kept falling apart.
Will I be back? Of course! I wish there was some kind of a sampler combo that offered a good variety of sushi. With so many options on the menu, it’s going to take me many visits to try all the different rolls that appeal to me.