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URGENT: In Search of Excellent Sushi [Long Island, NY ]

catita | Sep 28, 2007 07:31 AM

Hello Chowhounds!

I'm new to posting but I've been a fan of the forums since the days before the CNET redesign.

My boyfriend and I are Japanophiles in search of an excellent sushi restaurant for our 7th anniversary dinner. I thought that I had a week to post this and wait for replies, but I just found out that we are going to dinner tomorrow night (Saturday, 09/29/07), so this post is a bit urgent in nature.

We've been to quite a few Long Island and Manhattan restaurants (the full list is below), and Kotobuki in Babylon Village used to be one of my favorites, but in the past year or so the quality has declined steadily.

Most of the other Long Island restaurants visited were ok, but none have been particularly memorable, and some (Tai Show in Massapequa) have been truly awful.

My best sushi meal to date is the omakase menu at Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan, but I don't expect to find that level of quality in the suburbs.

With that in mind, I humbly request suggestions. We'll be coming from the Suffolk County/Nassau County border, so almost anywhere on the island is ok. I've searched the forums and I have a long list of options (also below), but I'm having trouble making a selection. At the moment I'm leaning towards Minami in Massapequa or Nisen in Commack, but I'm having trouble deciding.

Any restaurant with a good sake selection [preferably Junmai Daiginjo-shu grade] gets extra consideration.

Help! :)

Sushi Restaurants Already Visited (in alphabetical order)

Long Island
Kohaku [Huntington Station, NY] [Zagat Rating: 25]
Kotobuki [Babylon Village, NY] [Zagat Rating: 28]
Kotobuki [Hauppauge, NY] [Zagat Rating: 28]
Kurabarn [Huntington, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Minado [Carle Place, NY] [Zagat Rating: 20]
Mitsui [Bay Shore, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Mushroom [Babylon, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Nisen [Hauppauge, NY] [Zagat Rating: 26]
Sakana [Hicksville, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Sakura [Babylon Village, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Shiki [Babylon Village, NY] [Zagat Rating: 21]
Sushi Park [Commack, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Tai Show [Massapequa, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Takara [Islandia, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]

New York City
Sushi of Gari 46 [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Sushi Yasuda [Zagat Rating: 28]

Sushi Restaurants to Visit (in alphabetical order)

Long Island
Daruma of Tokyo [Great Neck, NY] [Zagat Rating: 22]
Hinata [Great Neck, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Hoshi [Bethpage, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A] [not Hoshi anymore?]
Minami [Massapequa, NY] [Zagat Rating: 26]
Nagahama [Long Beach, NY] [Zagat Rating: 25]
Osaka [Huntington, NY] [Zagat Rating: 24]
Ozumo Japanese Restaurant [Bethpage, NY] [Zagat Rating: 22]
Sapporo [Wantagh, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Sea Cliff Sushi Company [Sea Cliff, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Shiro of Japan [Carle Place, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Shogi [Westbury, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Tomo Hibachi Steak House [Huntington, NY] [Zagat Rating: 20]
Yamaguchi [Port Washington, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Yokohama [East Northport] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Yuki's Palette [Westbury, NY] [Zagat Rating: 23]
Zen 18C [Bethpage, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]
Zutto [Great Neck, NY] [Zagat Rating: N/A]

Thanks in advance!

- Catita

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