NYC's First Sushi Burrito


By Dane Feldman

Photos by Dane Feldman.

I first came across Uma Temakeria a few weeks ago at Madison Square Eats. I was so impressed with their delicious spicy tuna hand rolls that I went back to Mad Sq Eats for more just a few days later.

Now, just over two weeks after Mad Sq Eats mid-summer hiatus, Uma Temakeria has unveiled the first sushi burrito in New York City. The long-awaited fusion item debuted on Thursday at their brick and mortar shop on 14th and Sixth in Manhattan. As it so happens, Thursday was also International Sushi Day.

So, I, and a handful of other enthusiastic BTR staffers, stood in line for about 35 minutes awaiting the glory that is the sushi burrito.

I was expecting not only a longer line but a longer wait and when I arrived at the ordering station, I was pleased to find friendly Uma Temakeria staff creating the sushi burritos in a neat and orderly production line.

First, patrons were to choose white rice or brown (I chose brown) and then were afforded the opportunity to stand and watch as the staff put together the new menu item in sushi chef precision.

Yellowfin tuna, Atlantic salmon, carrots, cucumbers, tempura flakes, sesame seeds, and tobanjan mayo came together to create the glorified sushi burrito.

The fact that the sushi burrito at Uma Temakeria doesn’t resemble the Mexican burrito in ingredients is no deterrent for me. As it so happens, the sushi burrito is far more like a jumbo sized hand roll (seriously, no complaints there) and also contains ingredients typical of a hand roll.

So, for those who don’t like sushi, this is still sushi and you’ll be gravely disappointed. But a hushed excitement seemed to be the general vibe for the many waiting in line who knew what they were getting themselves into, myself included.

The sushi burrito lived up to my expectations and to have such a filling and deliciously fresh hand roll for $10 is a steal no matter how you look at it.

As of now, the sushi burrito isn’t up as a menu item on Uma Temakeria’s website, but based on the sheer number of excited consumers all over social media, I’d like to think it’ll become a mainstay.

What’s more, I’ll be happy to return countless times to obtain one. I’m hoping that, as the staff perfects the system, they’ll be ready to take custom orders for the sushi burrito as they currently do for standard hand rolls. Either way, Uma Temakeria hit this one out of the park.