When it comes to vegan restaurants in New York City, the options are endless. If you’re looking for vegan sushi and other Asian-inspired vegan eats in NYC, check out Beyond Sushi.
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The chef-driven restaurant, helmed by Chef Guy Vaknin, originally opened its doors in 2012. Since then, it’s grown to offer numerous locations across Manhattan. Vaknin rose to fame the same year his restaurant opened, appearing as a contestant on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen Season 10.
Focusing on a casual menu with veggie sushi at the heart of it, Beyond Sushi offers a bounty of gorgeous and flavorful dishes. They’re using fresh ingredients that are sustainable, as well as healthy.
So, what should you order at Beyond Sushi?
We’re so glad you asked.
5 dishes to order at Beyond Sushi
1. Shiitake Truffle Dumplings
No matter what, start your meal with Beyond Sushi’s shiitake truffle dumplings. These dumplings come stuffed with braised shiitake, baked tofu, spinach, porcini mushrooms and shiitake truffle. So rich and flavorful, they come topped with a spicy bean sauce.
2. Gua Bao
Another must-try item is the Gua Bao. These buns feature delicate braised seitan that melts-in-your mouth, along with fennel, star anise, ginger and agave. The soft bao buns are drizzled with a smoked pepper sauce, sliced chili, crushed peanuts and cilantro.
3. Spicy “Tuna” and Zalmon Tartare
Vaknin has almost perfectly re-created tuna in this vegan tuna tartare dish. Piled high on top of creamy avocado are chunks of tuna and zalmon with a toasted cayenne sauce and sprinkled with scallions. It comes with a side of warm taro root chips for dipping. Although, if you’re like us, you’ll just grab a fork and dig in.
4. Rainbow Roll
The Rainbow Roll is the show-stopper on the menu if you’re bringing non-vegan friends to feast. Vaknin’s rendition of the rainbow roll comes filled with gobo, cucumber, avocado, pickled red cabbage and dill, plus his tuna. A top the roll is thinly sliced avocado and zalmon that will make you do a double-take.
5. Ube Cashew Cheesecake
Finally, wrap up your meal with the ube cashew cheesecake. This light dessert can most definitely be shared … but you might not want to actually share it. The ube cheesecake comes on a ginger cookie crust — the perfect compliment to the gentle sweet of the ube. Then, it’s topped with hot fudge and ginger cookie streusel.
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