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vvv03 Aug 13, 2012 02:13 PM

A friend is in town from Switzerland who once lived in Japan and loves Japanese cuisine. We are going to go out to a nice dinner this Friday. She mentioned reading about Beyond Sushi and was interested in going there. When I looked it up, it looked like possibly more of a casual, possibly even take out type place and to tell you the truth, as an omnivore the menu didn't really inspire me.

My first question is, do I have it wrong? Is this place worth visiting for a nice dinner with two couples?

If not, where would you recommend? I remember I once got a couple of recommendations on here and one of the places that was supposed to be great was a small place in SOHO. It was closed for renovations when we tried to go and the name escapes me now. Any recommendations for a nice Japanese dinner (she's not into sushi and is mainly though not a strict vegetarian) would be greatly appreciated!

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    kathryn RE: vvv03 Aug 13, 2012 02:36 PM

    Here's one of your old threads.

    Looking for great Japanese food, not sushi
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764659

    The biggest issues will be cost and being able to get in on Friday for a party of 4 at a reasonable hour.

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      vvv03 RE: kathryn Aug 14, 2012 08:58 AM

      Hah! That's my thread! For some reason I couldn't find it. Thank you!

    2. Silverjay RE: vvv03 Aug 13, 2012 02:39 PM

      Beyond Sushi doesn't look authentic Japanese. More like "loosely Japanese inspired". No idea about the food or the experience...You can look into Kyoya or one of the semi-upscale izakaya like Aburiya Kinnosuke or maybe Blue Ribbon Izakaya. Or perhaps one of the robatayaki places.

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        foodwhisperer RE: Silverjay Aug 13, 2012 09:25 PM

        I second BLue Ribbon Izakaya, also Robataya, and Kyoya. Omen is the only place in Soho.

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          Silverjay RE: Silverjay Aug 14, 2012 07:25 AM

          Momokawa is another option and may be an easier seat for 4 on a Friday.

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          thegforceny RE: vvv03 Aug 13, 2012 04:12 PM

          I adore 15 East, second is Yasuda. Next on my to-try list is the small sushi bar at brushstroke.

          Best sushi is discussed practically every week. Here's a quite exhaustive thread from Dec '11 to yesterday.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/822153

          FWIW, I'd never even heard of Beyond Sushi. From its website it looks like healthy, NON authentic, silly rolls and such. Is it even sushi? Frankly, it looks ridiculously gimmicky.

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            Ricky RE: vvv03 Aug 13, 2012 04:29 PM

            Beyond Sushi is a hole in the wall takeout spot, with a subway\chipotle like assembly. Its not bad but not a dinner destination. Its similar to some of the healthy macrobiotic department store places that cater to young office girls in Tokyo though. Were you thinking Omen?

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              JC2 RE: vvv03 Aug 14, 2012 06:28 AM

              Donburi. East 80's. Fabulous food. A little bit different from most places, they do have meet and soba noodles and they don't even have sushi - although they do have sashimi.

              1. Ttrockwood RE: vvv03 Aug 21, 2013 07:00 PM

                I picked up some sushi from beyond sushi the other day- very non traditional and all vegan. Enjoyed the mighty mushroom and sweet tree rolls. Very casual place, not a "we are going out to a nice dinner" but good for a lunch or take out. The rice selection is interesting and they have creative rolls.
                Traditional, no. Need a quick light dinner it's a good option in the area.

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