There are a whole slew of restaurants taking over America just like Chipotle did in its infancy, but what about restaurants taking the chain's customizable know-how and applying it to things that aren't burritos, tacos, salads, or bowls (hear us out, now)? Well, that's exactly what NYC restaurant Uma Temakeria is doing with its hand-rolled sushi cones (called temaki), which you can mix and match just like that nice lady in Fiddler on the Roof.
The concept behind the restaurant is a simple one: temaki are sushi you can carry around on the street, just like a burrito is a portable Mexican meal. So the chef/owner of Uma, Chris Jaeckle, decided they were the perfect vehicles for a fast-casual sushi concept; you just choose your rice (white or brown), protein (yellowfin, Atlantic salmon, blue swimmer crab, marinated tofu, or seasonal fish), vegetables (carrot, celery, cucumber, red pepper, daikon, etc.), and sauce (creamy miso, wasabi ginger, avocado lime, etc.), and the folks at Uma wrap it in some nori for you to eat in-house, or take on the go.
And the best part of it all? The temaki are only $6 apiece. They've got sake, beer, and wine on the premises as well, with tentative plans to expand within NYC and hopefully beyond. Get your matchmaking skills ready.
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and thinks everything is better in cone form. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.