Sushi burritos may be all the rage in NYC, but there’s another new wrap that’s rocking our world.
It’s a rice paper roll-up stuffed with black beans, green tea noodles, greens, asparagus, seaweed salad and crunchy almonds with a tart-salty-sweet ponzu sauce. Called the Sweet Bean ($9), this super-healthy, super-tasty creation is one of a number of new items on the vastly expanded menu at the vegan micro-chain Beyond Sushi.
Beyond Sushi is already a Clean Plates pick for its inventive rolls, each matched with its own addictive sauce, and chef Guy Vaknin is bringing the same creativity to new dishes like the Smokey Tom dumplings ($6), which are filled with a rich sun-dried tomato and butternut squash puree and topped with crunchy lemon panko, fresh parsley and creamy tahini sauce.
Also now on the menu are noodle soups ($9) such as Coconut Curry and Red Miso, each with a choice of soba, ramen, green tea noodle or glass noodles, as well as noodle salads ($6) like the Jolly Onion, a zany mash-up of ramen, kalamata olives, roasted onions, sun-dried tomatoes, sumac, rosemary and two sauces (tahini and tomato-guajillo).
The Limelight ($10.50), a substantial new black rice-based salad with black beans, smoky charred corn, ample amounts of avocado, nicely spicy pickled jalapenos and a spicy-creamy tomato guajillo sauce, is a riot of flavors and textures that proves just how satisfying vegan fare can be.
Lunch special combos ($9 to $12.50) are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, which is about how often we’d like to be eating at Beyond Sushi.
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