The dining area wasn't as small as I'd anticipated (4 tables seating a total of 16), and the extremely kept minimalist space gave a meticulously clean impression.
After conflicting reports on the transparency of their vegan vs. vegetarian options, I was happy to see this sign displayed on the counter.
|photo credit: JD Gut|
|the restaurant isn't cockeyed; my photog skills are|
but the rolls are also displayed to monster scale on the walls.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but were these the beautiful sushi rolls that- under the moniker "Vegetarian Star", had sold out from the 2011 NY Veggie Food Festival?
We each started off with a watermelon lemonade with mint: refreshing and delicious; this is the type of drink I can already anticipate myself craving when walking around Manhattan nowhere near Beyond Sushi.
My friend and I agreed on two rolls (8 substantial pieces each) with the intention of sharing. First up, the pickle me: six grain rice, gobo, carrot, pickled daikon, and avocado with carrot ginger sauce.
Artfully prepared and presented, this roll immediately exceeded my expectations of freshness and flavor. The crunch of the daikon paired with the sweetness of the carrot and avocado was terrific; all of the flavors were carefully considered in the development of this combination roll.
Next up, the la fiesta: black rice, avocado, pickled jalapeño, chayote, and
Completely different from the previous roll, but equally decadent; the spice of the pickled jalapeño really pushed this one over the edge for me: divine!
If the the outstanding merit of these two rolls are any indication, I'm sure each and every option is just as spectacular. Worry not; I'll be happy to try that out for you and report back. But the two that we chose managed to be at the same time opposite and complimentary. In other words: expert ordering! We did both use soy sauce, but for me it was more out of habit than necessity; I think the high-quality and considerable substance of these beautiful roles would definitely stand alone.
|photo credit: JD Gut|
In fact, it boasted two slices of a delicious pressed and marinated tofu topped with a nice, rich brown sauce in addition to the chili mango.
This beautiful piece was wholly representative of our dining experience. Rest assured: there is a whole lot of substance beyond all of this impeccably styled made-to-order sushi.
While we were there, the mastermind owner and innovator of this extraordinary "flipper-less" sushi even came up from downstairs and smiled warmly at the diners. This seemingly small gesture coupled with fantastically innovative food, a pleasant staff, and an impeccably clean dining room created an all-around top-notch, terrific dining experience; I can not more highly recommend Beyond Sushi. As a longtime fan of combination vegetable sushi rolls, I can tell you that their offerings vastly exceeded my considerable expectations. Healthy and delicious: don't let this casual establishment fool you; it's now some of the best grub in the city. I know you'll visit, but if you wait a few days for them to be completely vegan, please do thank them!