Best Way to Impress a Vegan Date

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It might seem like a contradiction of terms to take a vegan to a sushi restaurant for a special occasion. But trust me. Sushiko’s executive chefs, brothers Handry and Piter Tjan, have created a nine-course omakase tasting menu ($80 per person, not including tax and tip) that doesn’t rely on a single piece of unagi nigiri or ribbon of otoro. Instead, the pair crafts a rotating selection of animal-free dishes, which change based on their whim and the season. Super silky housemade tofu topped off with glistening pearls of black seaweed “caviar,” Brussels sprouts dressed up with ginger caramel, and a colorful array of vegetable sushi are all potential highlights.