Vegan Sushi in New York City

Beyond Sushi Chelsea Market Photo: Mark Pine
Beyond Sushi Chelsea Market Photo: Mark Pine

Beyond Sushi is a vegan sushi restaurant, currently with three locations in New York City. East 14th St, West 56th St and one in Chelsea Market.

Now before everyone goes into a tizzy here, I’m not a food expert. All I know is what I read on the site and what I ate when I was there. If you have food related concerns contact your doctor.

OK, back to the article. My favorite roll from them is the spicy mango roll. It’s delicious. It includes black rice, avocado, mango, English cucumber and spicy veggies. The sauce is toasted cayenne. I have eaten dozens of those rolls. I could go for one right now. So if your in the area, bring one or two by for me please.

Speaking of right now, they deliver from their 14th St and West 56th locations. To get the full information about their delivery range you may visit the site.

While researching Beyond Sushi for the article I learned some interesting things.

Not only do they cater, they will actually bring a sushi station to your next event along with one of their chef’s. They will have one of their vegan sushi chef’s making fresh rolls at your event. I may have to check pricing because I’d like that at my apartment. While I’m writing my blogs, working on my laptop or having friends over, I can have spicy mango rolls made on location. Yummy.

Another interesting thing I learned was they offer lessons on how to make sushi. That last sentence almost had an exclamation point. Sushi making classes. It doesn’t get much better then that. Visit their website or call for details regarding pricing and locations. I’m mean seriously, how awesome would it be to learn how to roll vegan sushi from professionals.

The workshop menu you will be learning with and preparing consists of individual pieces and rolls from their menu.

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A few quick examples of their menu include:

Rolls [Every roll comes with 8 pieces]:

Sweet Tree. Six-grain rice, avocado, sweet potato and alfafa sprouts. Sauce is Toasted Cayenne.

Green Machine. Six-grain rice, English cucumber, asparagus and basil marinated veggies. Sauce is Jalapenõ Wasabi.

Pickle Me. Black rice, marinated carrots, roasted rosemary and Jerusalem artichokes. Sauce is sweet peas and mint. Topped with spiced walnut shavings.

They also serve individual pieces, wraps, hand rolls, salads, soups and drinks.

As per their website they are not organic or kosher.

All in all I have to say I have never had vegan sushi and I enjoy it.

Juice NYC

Juice Press Upper East Side
Photo: Mark Pine

Marcus Antebi is the ceo and founder of Juice Press, a chain of juice stores located in NYC, Brooklyn and Greenwich. They appear to be leading the charge in the fresh juice business in NYC. They have more then 20 locations and they even have a store inside Macy’s on 34th St on the 8th floor and another in the Gansevoort Park Avenue.

I have drank their juice at several of the locations and it tastes great. Some of the juices I’ve had include coconut water, watermelon, orange and several of their own blends including many green juices.

Some of the names of their juices are mother earth [formula: cucumber, celery, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, parsley, lemon, ginger. 17 oz.], sweet pea & almond [formula: filtered water, green peas, almonds, olive oil, sea salt, coconut oil, avocado, garlic, lemon pepper, black pepper. 11oz.], sweet wheatgrass [formula: pineapple, wheatgrass, ginger. 9 oz.], doctor earth [formula: apple, kale, cucumber, celery, pineapple, swiss chard, lemon, dandelion, parsley, ginger. 17 oz.], carrot and co [formula: carrot, apple, sweet potato, lemon, flax oil, maca extract. 17 oz.] and lots more.

I’m not a health expert, although I will say the stuff takes great. Sometimes I feel like everyone in New York knows Juice Press and it’s not true. Being the hipster that I am, I guess I’m on to everything or most things early. I just mentioned Juice Press to Barry Beil, who I just interviewed and he said he’d never been in or heard of it. I said, what? Juice Press? You have to try it.

I’m all about the grab and go life. I like everything prepared in advance and high quality. That way I can grab it quick and get back to what I’m doing. They also make fresh juice to order, although I prefer the juice that is prepared in advance and bottled up in the fridges.

Another thing I’d like to mention about Juice Press is the staff at their locations. I have to say everyone I have spoken with is super friendly and helpful. I like when a store keeps an atmosphere like that.

They also carry salads, snacks and some other goodies if you are in the mood for more then just juice. In addition to Juice Press, there is another similar chain in the city called Juice Generation I will cover here in the future.

If you have any food related concerns, you can visit their disclaimer page on the site.