The First Taste of Summer

The past few days might be rainy and a bit chilly, but let's celebrate the fact that: Summer is officially here! While the city is bustling with all the summer fun, we also have a mission for Beyond Sushi. Our mission is to make your summer days even better with refreshing and delicious sushi rolls. With that said, we'd like to bring back our popular roll and piece from last year. They're packed with nutritional and seasonal items. Find out what roll and piece are making a comeback here.  

Our piece of the month is topped with pickled baby radish and dill leaf.


Our roll of the month



If you're not familiar with fava beans, their flavors are delicate, a little nutty, slightly bitter, yet very fresh. They are not only delicious, but very high in protein and energy. The beans compose plentiful of health benefiting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and plant-sterols.  The beans are rich in L-dopa, a substance used in treating Parkinson's disease. Fava beans are one of the highest plant sources of potassium and are in their peak in July. 

Besides using fava beans in sushi, here are two other ways to cook them:

Spinach, Fava Bean, and Quinoa Cakes Spinach-Fava-Quinoa-Cakes-Diptych(pp_w780_h585)

Spring Vegetable Risotto 



Another great ingredient is golden or yellow beets. They are healthy for the heart, great kidney and body cleansers, and high in powerful antioxidants. They lower blood pressure, cholesterol, treats anemia and fatigue, and more. Beets help the heart by decreasing the risk of heart disease and prevents various cancers. Golden beets contain good amounts of fiber, iron, potassium, and folic acid. They are also good for your eyes and skin. Find interesting recipes using golden beets here.

Last but not least, let's talk about our kale. Kale has been in the spotlight lately because it is said to be one of the most healthiest vegetables around! Eating kale helps lower cholesterol, risk lowering benefits for cancer, both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus, it serves as a great detox for the body. The beautiful leaves of the kale plants provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional values for fewer calories than many other food around. When purchasing kale, remember to find them firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems. Warm temperatures will affect the kale to wilt and ruin the flavor. For a more mild flavor, choose kale with smaller-sized leaves. 

Summer Promotion Alert! 

Independence Day is this Saturday! Still don't know what to bring to your get together? Well, we're having a great deal, so look no further. Our 10 assorted rolls platter will be $50 instead of a regular $65 if you order to pick up on either Saturday or Sunday at our Midtown location. Be sure to have your orders in by Friday! Any questions or comments, please call us at 646-861-2889 or email Have a great and safe holiday weekend ahead!


Why We Choose Black Rice

 5One of the most common questions we receive are: “What is black rice?” and “How is this different from brown rice?” Let’s find out what this mysterious grain is all about! 


The two grains Beyond Sushi uses is 
Six-Grain Rice and Forbidden Black Rice.

On our website, we have a page called “VegFACT”, which provides all the different nutritious values contained in our rolls. Here I have listed brief descriptions about each grain.

Brown Rice is whole grain rice that is more nutritious than white rice. It contains carbs, fiber, protein, fat, iron, vitamin B1, and vitamin B3.
Forbidden Black Rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, and fiber.
Six-Grain Rice is customized rice blend of Beyond Sushi with red rice, short grain, brown rice, black rice, eye berries, Hulless barley, and pearl barley. It’s a great source of fiber, iron, protein, and vitamin B. This is a little different from black rice and is not gluten-free because of the barley.

Switching from white rice to brown or black rice is a great way to add more nutrients to your diet. Adding black rice to your diet will improve the nutritional quality even more. Black rice has lower calories than brown rice and proven to be a better source of fiber. Researchers say it’s a better source of antioxidants too. 

Let’s compare!
 Black rice has less carbs, higher in fiber and
 good source of protein and iron.1

Still don’t believe us? Black rice not only includes all the same health benefits as brown rice, but even more nutrients. The dark color of black rice contains the same anthocyanin antioxidants found in blackberries and blueberries. Anthocyanin is an antioxidant that can help fight against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. One spoonful of black rice bran has more antioxidant power than one spoonful of blueberries or blackberries. Brown rice is great but we choose black rice because it’s more nutritious.

How do we use black rice in our menu?

Black rice is included in our sushi rolls, individual pieces, rice bed salads, and hand rolls.

Where to get it?

You can find Forbidden Black Rice locally.

[F U N -  F A C T S]

  • Black rice is sometimes referred to as “purple rice” because after being soaked or cooked, it changes from black into a deep purple or burgundy color.
  • It is known as “Forbidden Rice” because in ancient China, it was reserved for the emperor and upper class. Commoners were forbidden from eating it.
  • Black rice is often chosen in recipes for desserts because its natural flavor is rich and sweet. (We have a recipe below, but check out Yummly for even more dessert recipes using black rice!)
  • Black rice is being researched to prevent Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and even cancer.
  • During the Ming Dynasty, emperors believed that eating black rice promised a long life of good health.
  • Rice can be found on all continents except on the Antarctica.

Some recipes using black rice for you to try!

Vegan Forbidden Rice Salad:BLACKRICE1-1024x765 (1) 

7 Ingredient Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms:


Thai Black Sticky Rice Dessert


The Perfect Father’s Day in NYC

When? Sunday, June 21

Hope you didn’t forget! Father’s Day is just around the corner. This weekend, show that special man some extra love. We created some easy, yet perfect gift ideas for the man you’re celebrating. Dad doesn’t even have to be vegan to enjoy these great gifts!

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1.) A gift card to his favorite vegan restaurant: Beyond Sushi   :) Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset

2.) Vegan gifts such as:

You can even pick and choose what you know he’ll like and create a Father’s Day basket!

Take HIM out for some fun:kayaking-with-dad

Show him how much you enjoy his company by spending it with him! Here’s some fun NYC activities happening for Father’s Day!

-MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop- This Saturday, bring your dad to Ridgewood, Queens to enjoy some quality time gardening!

-Kayaking on the Hudson- Treat your dad to an adventurous day on the river with the Downtown Boathouse from 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

-Wildman Steve Brill’s foraging tours- Try something new this Father’s Day! It’s similar to a scavenger hunt, searching the city’s parks for wild edibles like dandelions, garlic mustard and jewelweed. Explore Central Park, Forest Park in Queens and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

-Faux Glass Paint Greeting Cards- Children create greeting cards on transparent paper for a painted glass effect. Great activity with young children and a memorable keepsake for this years’ Father’s Day. Completely FREE. Located in Poe Park, June 18.

-Father Child Fun Day- At the Willamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, families will be playing basketball and flag football, compete in track and field, and create art together. Prizes are given to the winners! Also a free event.

-Special Father’s Day Karaoke-  Bring your Dad to Coney Island’s oldest amusement park, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park and enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends. First 25 Dads who sing will get a Wonder Wheel t-shirt!


Beyond Sushi is currently taking reservations for dinner service at Midtown West location! Come enjoy a delicious dinner with your friends and family.


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