8. Beyond Sushi, 229 East 14th street
Interestingly enough, you won’t find any fish at Beyond Sushi on the Lower East Side. Instead, you’ll find various assortments of tofu, fruits and veggies in your sushi rolls at this vegetarian, non-Japanese restaurant, whose slogan is, unsurprisingly, “The Green Roll.”
The eight different kinds of sushi rolls available (plus a “Roll of the Month”) include “The Green Machine,” which has asparagus, cucumber and marinated vegetables. Mushrooms loves should definitely go for the “Mighty Mushroom,” which has tofu, arugula and two different kinds of mushrooms. Though sushi is part of Japanese cuisine, Beyond Sushi offers “La Fiesta,” which is made of black rice, avocado, chayote, pickled jalapenos, and cilantro.
You can also buy individual sushi pieces, which include ingredients like baked tofu, snow peas and enoki (a kind of mushroom). You also won’t find any white rice, as the restaurant instead uses black or six-grain rice.
So if you’re a vegetarian that misses sushi or are curious about this restaurant’s unique offerings, be sure to head over to Beyond Sushi, which also has locations at Chelsea Market and the West Side.