Vegan Gift Guide NYC

The holidays are quickly approaching, and as a business committed to sustainability, we feel passionate about sharing our love of not only earth and animal friendly cuisine, but goods as well. Check out our round-up of places to shop for sustainable gifts this season:

1. Magpie - 488 Amsterdam Ave, b/t W. 84th & 83rd Str

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Located on the charming Upper West Side, Magpie was opened in 2012 and has a great assortment of ecofriendly home goods, gifts, jewelry, vegan accessories, toys, baby gifts, and stationary. With a mix of locally created goods and fair trade products from around the world, Magpie has something adorable and stylish for everyone on your list. 

2. Lush - various locations

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Lush offers soaps, perfumes, facial products, hair products and cosmetics, all of which are made without any animal products or animal testing, and 80% of which are made with only vegan ingredients. Lush supports ethical buying practices and all of their goods are handmade. With various locations around the city, it's a perfect place to pop in and pick up a beautiful gift for the beauty lover on your list.

3. Green in Brooklyn - 432 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

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Green calls itself a "one-stop shop" for those who live an eco-friendly lifestyle! And they truly are: from cleaning supplies, baby and toddler needs, coffees and teas, books, crafts, kitchen supplies, and recycled paper products, Green has it all.

4. The Green Spa

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The perfect gift for someone who could use a bit of pampering, The Green Spa NY offers ecofriendly spa treatments, as well as beauty products and organic skincare. 

5. Beyond Sushi


Yup, your favorite NYC vegan restaurant has great holiday gifts, including gift cards and our new line of nut butters. Sweet and savory, nut butters make a wonderful, unique and tasty gift, and gift cards make the gift of healthy, nourishing food an easy choice. 

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Where to get Vegan Accessories for Fall

Winter is coming and it's time to gear up for the cold and snow with some new accessories! Gloves, hats, mittens, boots, and scarves are all essentials to stay warm and cozy as winter months approach. 

Beyond Sushi is committed to maintaining a sustainable, vegan lifestyle, and is here to share some tips on where to find earth-friendly, cruelty-free accessories for fall. Check out these resources for cozy but cute wool-less scarves, and leather-free boots.

Vegan Boots: 

Today more than ever, a magnitude of stylish, cruelty-free boots exist, made from things like faux leather, microfiber, cork, and other synthetic materials. If you look closely, you may even find many retailers including Target and DSW carry "accidentally vegan" boots, made form synthetic materials. There are also many online and retail shops devoted to cruelty shoes and accessories:

1.Combat Boots from Moo Shoes:

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2. Men's Shoes from Moo Shoes:

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Be sure to check out Vegan Chic and Nice Shoes, as well, which also have lots of vegan-friendly foot ware.

Vegan Scarves:

There are many vegan-friendly scarves on the market. Look for wool-free and silk-free material, including cotton, acrylic, and polyester blends. Check labels at local retailers including H&M, Forever 21, and Free People, or from online vegan-friendly fashion shops, like Bohemian Vegan:

1.Scarf from Bohemian Vegan:


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2. Acrylic Scarf from Gap:

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Vegan Gloves and Mittens:

You don't need leather or wool to keep your fingers warm! Plenty of cute and affordable vegan-friendly gloves and mittens are on the market. Select cotton, microfiber, faux leather, nylon, rayon, or polyester. Check out a few ideas below, from nationwide retailers like J. Crew Factory and ModCloth:

1. J Crew Faux Leather Gloves:

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2. 100% Acrylic Gloves from ModCloth:

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3. Faux Leather globes from Forever 21:

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7 Health Benefits of Seaweed Salad

What is seaweed salad, exactly? Besides topping the November Roll of the Month and being offered as a side salad at Beyond Sushi, seaweed salad has been a staple in many Asian cultures for centuries. And for good reason - not only does seaweed salad offer a unique, refreshing salty yet subtly sweet taste, it also has numerous health benefits! Below, we highlight 7 health benefits of seaweed salad.

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1. Seaweed salad is low in calories and fat, but nutrient-dense and packed with flavor.

2. Seaweed is naturally high in many B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. B vitamins play important rolls in cell metabolism, and are thus essential in the diet.

3. Seaweed salad is high in fat soluble vitamins E, K, and A.

4.  Seaweed salad is a good source of calcium, iron, iodine, and selenium, all of which are important trace minerals to support cell function and digestion.

5. Seaweed salad, even in small amounts, is rich in potassium. Just 2 tablespoons of seaweed salad has approximately the amount of potassium as a banana.

6. Seaweed salad has heart and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, one of the two essential amino acids that must be consumed from diet.

7. Seaweed salad is delicious!

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Curious about seaweed salad or already a fan? Stop into Beyond Sushi to try it atop the November Roll of the Month or order it all year long as your side!

What is a Persimmon and What Can You Do With it?

Persimmons, along with parsnips, are featured in Beyond Sushi's November’s Specials. But what exactly is a persimmons? We’re here to share enlighten you to this delicious fruit of fall, and give you some ideas of what you can do with a persimmons.

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So, what is a persimmon?

The persimmon is a fruit native to Japan, and resembles an orange-fleshed tomato. Persimmons come in two varieties: Hachiya and Fuyu. Fuyus are considered best when still hard, and Hachiyas are considered ready to eat when very soft. If eaten when ripe, persimmons have a wonderful sweet, tangy taste, almost that of a very sweet tomato or pungent mango.

Persimmons grow on trees and are of the genus Diospyros, which translates to “fruit of the gods” in Greek. Wildly popular in Asian, persimmons are still relatively new to the United States, where they are best eaten at the peak of their season, in fall. When selecting a persimmons, look for bright orange glossy flesh, and once ripe, store in the refrigerator.

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What can you do with a persimmon?

  • Slice it and enjoy as is, as a refreshing snack. It’s great raw, plain, or with a bit of lemon juice and sugar to highlight their flavors.
  • Puree and use as a sauce in place of jam, to top on toast, or as a topping for pancakes or ice cream.
  • Use in baking - permissions make delicious puddings, and add a unique flavor to quick breads and muffins.
  • Chop and add to salads.
  • Use in place of, or in combination with tomatoes in your favorite salsa recipe.
  • Make persimmon jam by cooking stovetop over low heat with a bit of sugar and lemon juice until liquid has cooked off.
  • Enjoy in the November Specials at Beyond Sushi.

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Parsnips

Parsnips are featured in the November Roll of the Month and are quite the treat both in the roll and on their own. So what is a parsnip exactly? Besides being a delicious, uniquely sweet and nutty root vegetable, we're sharing 9 fun facts about parsnips to increase your tubular knowledge:

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  1. Parsnips are close relatives of the carrot, fennel, parsley and celery. These vegetables are in the umbelliferae family, named for their umbrella-like flower clusters.
  2. Although parsnips are usually cooked, they can be eaten raw, and have nutty, peppery taste. They are also great roasted and make delicious soups.
  3. Parsnips are biennial plants, but are normally grown as annuals.
  4. Parsnips require frost to convert their starches to sugars to develop their sweet, nutty flavor.
  5. Parsnips can be made into wine, and were found in various wines, jams, and flours in sweet cakes in the 16th century.
  6. Parsnips are native to Europe and Asia.
  7. Parsnip peak season is fall to spring.
  8. In Roman times, parsnips were believed to be an aphrodisiac.
  9. Parsnips are high in fiber, folate, vitamins C and E, and manganese.

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Stop into Beyond Sushi this month to try parsnip in our November Roll of the month, along with persimmons, seaweed salad, and other delicious things!

November Specials at Beyond Sushi

As fall continues, we continue to celebrate the tastes of the season at Beyond Sushi. In addition to our warming Seasonal Soups, we're happy to debut our roll and wrap of the month for November.

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The Roll of the Month highlights one of fall’s most delicious vegetables - parsnip. A root vegetable that resembles a white carrot, parsnip has a naturally sweet, nutty flavor that is truly a fall standout.

The Roll of the Month features parsnip, roasted in allspice, and pairs it with grilled haricot verts (French green beans), and is topped with the robust umami flavors of seaweed salad, white miso sauce, and is finished with a bit of toasted chilli spiced Panko flakes for an extra crunch and spicy bite.

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The Piece of the Month brings showcases one of fall’s best fruits: the persimmon. A fruit native to Japan, China, Burma, and India, upon first glance, the persimmon could be mistaken for an orange or golden-yellow tomato.

Rich in vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and many B vitamins, including B-6 and folic acid, persimmons have a pleasantly astringent yet complexly sweet taste, with notes of apricot and mango. Paired with the white miso toasted chili-spiced Panko flakes atop a bed of black rice, the November Piece of the Month is not one to be missed.

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 The November Salad also highlights roasted parsnips, haricot verts, and persimmons, and pairs them with dehydrated shallots and organic Italian farro (a hearty ancient grain), all atop a bed of baby spinach. Truffle vinaigrette and Moroccan black olives finishes the salad, making for a flavorful and filling fall salad.
Stop into Beyond Sushi soon to enjoy these November Specials! You won't want to miss them. 


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