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Beyond Sushi, Union Square

Beyond Sushi, Union Square NYC

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.

Beyond Sushi, Union Square NYC

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.

Beyond Sushi, Union Square NYC

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!

Sweet Angel Wrap, Mighty Mushroom Roll, Beyond Sushi

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.

Sweet Angel Wrap, Mighty Mushroom Roll, Beyond Sushi

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?

Mighty Mushroom Roll, Beyond Sushi

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.

Sweet Angel Wrap, Beyond Sushi

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.

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13 Comments

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    annie lee
    April 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    it’s not fair you have so many amazing vegan restaurants there!! :(

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      wazwu
      April 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Aww, guess you should start planning a trip out here! ;)

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    Norn Cutson
    April 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    My favorite restaurant of LIFE!

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      wazwu
      April 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I’m looking forward to going back soon! :)

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    Delicious Peace of Mind
    April 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Lovely looking wraps and rolls! I love the idea of food photos on the walls, to remind you there’s more to come back and try. I agree with you, sample plate with different rolls would be great! :)

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      wazwu
      April 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Too many choices there! I’ll have to go there with John so we can order a better variety. Yum yum yum! :)

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        Delicious Peace of Mind
        April 25, 2015 at 7:49 am

        It’s a kind of place where is better the more people you come with, so everyone can order different and then do a ‘try this’ party :)

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          wazwu
          April 25, 2015 at 9:31 am

          Exactly! Maybe next time I will make sure to show up hungry. Their prices are very reasonable, so I might as well go all out. ;P

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    Mitzie Mee
    April 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Looks really tasty! I don’t even think I would miss the fish. The posters are so cool. Would love to have one of them hanging on the wall in our apartment:)

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      wazwu
      April 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Perhaps you should stop by next time you’re in NYC. Agreed, that artwork would brighten up any space! :D

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