Chef and owner Guy Vaknin of Beyond Sushi hails from Israel, not Japan. The sushi he's making is very different from what you might find in Japan. The innovative chef studied at the Institute of Culinary Education before becoming a contestant on the reality show Hell's Kitchen.
Along with his wife Tali, he came up with the idea to eliminate seafood (and any animal products) from sushi to create a brand new concept: vegan sushi. The flavor combinations and presentation are so spectacular that even carnivores wait in line at one of their five locations to try the healthy and delicious sushi rolls and wraps.
The Chelsea Market location of Beyond Sushi is sometimes a stop on our High Line and Chelsea Market tour. After experiencing the High Line and all the cool art exhibits on display, tour guests are shocked by theses delicious meat-free sushi rolls.
We did say vegan sushi - that means no animal products whatsoever. But what we find even more exciting is that these are not sushi rolls stuffed with fake meat like soy or tempeh. Instead, Chef Vaknin has created tasty combinations with fruits, roasted vegetables, and phenomenal sauces.
After opening their first tiny location on 14th Street, Guy and Tali started expanding and bringing this healthy flavorful concept across the city to places like Midtown, the Financial District, and Chelsea.
Some of our favorite signature rolls include the Green Machine (with cucumber, asparagus, and charred edamame) and the Chic Pea (roasted eggplant, artichoke, cucumber, and chickpea puree). Seasonal special rolls could include things like roasted sunchokes or walnut puree. And each roll is served with both soy sauce and a special sauce pairing.
In addition to rolls, Beyond Sushi makes dumplings, noodle salads and soups, and rice paper wraps - all with the same high quality and chef-driven flavors.
Beyond Sushi brings a more sustainable and eco-friendly sensibility to food. They get as much of their produce as possible from the local Union Square Market and Good Water Farms in East Hampton. In addition to leaving a smaller ecological footprint, vegetables are nutritious and (when prepared like this) delicious. Also this is the kind of vegan food meat-eaters like us might be converted over.
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
plus four other locations