For the most part, if you want a little grab-and-go sushi in the Capital Region -- something you can pick up from a deli case on the run -- you're stuck with supermarket fare. Sure, that will do in a pinch, but we have yet to find a local supermarket roll that can take us off to that wonderful land of buttery freshness, salty tang, and softly sweetened rice that is true sushi yum.
the sushi and sashimi rolls at EATS Gourmet Marketplace in Stuyvesant Plaza are a step in the right direction.
The fish is fresh - the salmon and yellowtail are particularly good -- and the rice is nicely seasoned and soft, no gumminess or dry, caked-up bits that say "refrigerator sushi."
EATS carries pretty standard nigiri-and-roll combination packs for around $8. There are also some more unusual offerings. We really like the tuna and cucumber sashimi roll ($8.38). Each bite is cool and refreshing with a nice little kick from the dollop of hot sauce atop each piece. All the sushi comes from Sushi Tei on Western Avenue.
EATS also carries grab-and-go Vietnamese food from My Linh in Albany. We recommend the veggie pillows ($6.75).
Think Vietnamese burritos - a combination of wood ear and shitake mushrooms, tofu, jicama and other veggies cooked in a slightly sweet soy sauce then bundled in a rice-flour wrap. The whole thing is topped with sprigs of cilantro and Thai basil and served with My Linh's house-made vegetarian dipping sauce. You could warm it up, but it is delicious just as it is.
EATS Gourmet Marketplace
Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Monday-Friday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
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