Vegan sushi? Yes. Beyond Sushi has opened its first restaurant near Times Square, serving sushi made largely of grains, vegetables and fruit. It’s also the mini-chain’s first full-service sit-down restaurant, adding to take-out joints, in Chelsea Market, Union Square and the Financial District, and an outpost with a few small tables in Midtown.
The menu at the new restaurant includes noodle bowls, wraps, and soups, along with beer, wine and sake by the glass.
Here’s what the New York Times says about the new Beyond Sushi restaurant:
BEYOND SUSHI In the five years since he opened his first takeaway-only vegan sushi storefront, on East 14th Street, Guy Vaknin has gradually expanded his business with more outlets for his colorful, inventive sushi. Now, with his wife, Tali, he is opening a full-service restaurant. “We had requests from customers who wanted to be able to dine, to sit down,” he said.
The result is 72 seats in the garment district, with spots at a counter facing the team of chefs, and a bar that will serve beer, wine and sake by the glass, the bottle and in cocktails this summer. Dove-gray recycled wood is a prominent feature, as are the high ceilings. The sushi is largely made of grains, vegetables and fruit. There are also rice-paper wraps, salads, noodle bowls, dumplings and a new line of soups.
And the offerings have broader appeal: Mr. Vaknin said a recent informal survey of his customers indicated that about 60 percent of them were not vegetarian or vegan. Takeout and catering are available.
Beyond Sushi, 134 West 37th Street, 212-564-0869, beyondsushinyc.com.
Other locations are 62 West 56th St., 229 East 14th St., Chelsea Market, and 70 Pine St.
photo courtesy Beyond Sushi