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Best Manhattan Vegan Sushi?

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As my handle might make obvious, I'm a *huge* Japanese cuisine afficianado. Love, love, love sushi, onigiri's, seaweed salad, etc. I'm also vegan. (Going on year #2 at this point.)

While I've found a few good joints on my own, was curious as to everyone else's picks for the best vegan sushi to be found in NYC... The most exotic, tasty rolls, etc... (IE: something better than 'plain cucumber roll maki'.

Thanks in advance for any information!!

-J (GG)

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  1. Let me help you with this. Sushi by definition involves fish and rice, with only a few exceptions. Foraging for sushi which doesn't involve fish is only tough because no venue could survive trying to be a purveyor of non-fish based sushi. The plain cucumber maki roll is actually the only example other than maybe plum paste or gobi roll, that I can think of. Sorry to sound "techy" but I think by definition, if you are a vegan, you don't eat sushi.

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    1. re: sing me a bar

      Dear Sing Me a Bar -

      With all due respect, I'm *definitely* going to have to disagree with you on this one, on a few different points.

      1) Sushi is--by definition--vinegared rice...the toppings/fillings do not inherently require fish.

      2) I have, in fact, found some really great rolls, in places like Sushi Time and Avenue A sushi...maki's with marinated mushroom that tasted just like tuna, and spicy/crunchy avocado rolls with a dab of ume paste. In general, I' ve actually found that it was the seasonings and the entire presentation package that I truly love about sushi...not the small dab of fish. (And I used to be a HUGE tekka-maki fan).

      But...I'm sure there's more delish veggie options out there besides just the two places I've personally found. Thus, my question for those who may have found even better venues. Thanks..!

      1. re: gaijingirl

        In my opinion, sushi is what you make of it though it should include rice. I used to be a vegetarian so I know where you're coming from. I'm sure you have had inari sushi, which is just fermented tofu pockets stuffed with rice? They are actually incredibly easy to make yourself, and cheap too. My fiance and I sometimes stuff them with slivered carrots and cucumber, and they can be quite filling.
        Unfortunately I can't make any suggestions as to restaurants but in nyc I'm sure you'll find lots of vegan sushi somewhere.

    2. Debating aside, Yo sushi on 2nd Ave near 23rd st has some good rolls with Peanut avocado and I there is always the sweet potato tempura rolls, those are pretty good. Oh and Choshi on Irving has some good veggie choices. I am a vegetarian married to a sushi lover so I have been around looking for good veggie options too.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Thanks for the suggestions - am *definitely* going to check out Ginger, Yo and Choshi...!

        2. I believe Souen serves vegan sushi. Kanoyama also has vegetarian sushi platter option if you ask.

          I am not a big veggie person, so I have not tried either and can't attest to the taste.

          1. I was thinking...Hideo is such an amazing chef at Ushi Wakamura. Even this would not be too great a challenge for him. I had the most amazing squid & mint handroll last visit. You could always just have him hold the squid. He also did an amusing kind of sunomono with this baby green pepper in this sticky sweet sauce. It was surely vegan.He did another dish once with asparagus, too. I guess there are options, even if some come on a dish.

            1. i remember yasuda gives you some grass on sushi rice to cleanse the palette...its horrible.