One of the great things about living in New York, and especially on Long Island, are your dining options. We have so much good food to choose from, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Seafood, you name it we have it, and all of it is good! Today we want to take a look at 5 of the absolute greatest Sushi restaurants on Long Island. With a multitude to choose from this was a hard list to put together, please read on to discover what our critics have come up with.
First on our list is a Long Island staple. Kotobuki, in Babylon, has been a favorite for many Long Islanders for the last thirty years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Walking in you are greeted by the distinctive large marlin sculpture, you then flow into the dining area which is small and modest and adds to the allure and charm of this place. The decor over all is very traditional Japanese with the hard woods and light colored walls, but sometimes simple is best when it comes to finding great food in an over saturated market. Contrary to their décor their menu is constantly being reinvented, the challenge with Kotobuki is deciding to try something new or falling back to your tried and true favorites.
In the last few years a trendy contender has arisen. Aji 53 offers a more posh take on the sushi market with a modern approach to their décor and music. Even their menu and their plating emphasize and more modern feel for a date night or a girls night out. Despite their relative newness and their break from the traditional their food is executed with a culinary precision that is only achieved after years of practice. The vibrant colors of their dishes are complemented by the freshest ingredients and combine to create a beautiful plate and presentation that is almost too good to eat. Almost.
Kumos, located in Bayshore, offers a fresh take on high end sushi and hibachi, and is always a great time. In a day and age where Sushi has become so commonplace, where once it was considered an adventurous fair, Kumos is still a house for the Sushi connoisseur. Your first impression of this house is how new everything looks, fresh, crisp and clean. Their menu is exotic by todays standards, some of their fish is hard to come by and includes such rarities as Bonita sea urchin and Bluefin tuna, each piece of which is painstakingly presented almost as if feng shui is used in plating their food. The atmosphere is perfect for a quite date night or a party with friends if you want to head into the back too the hibachi tables.
Our newest hang out, you can find one of us on any given day of the week haunting the tables of this casual Sushi house. Formally Shieki, Ohayo rose from its proverbial ashes. Ohayo’s simple lay out offers another take on casual sushi. We’ve never had to wait long to grab a great piece of fish. If you want to relax in a low-key environment, hang out with friends, enjoy a meal and have some great drinks this is the place to go.
And last but not least is this quaint little sushi house in Islip. Koi Kokoro is the quintessential sushi hang-out. It is tiny and personal and also within walking distance to all the local bars and shops in Islip. A great take on sushi allowing for mixing of rolls and great kitchen food, like hot stone bowls, it is a family run business that doesn’t try to be anything more and lends a comfortable and personal feel to their establishment. They even have a sign in ledger where you can leave critiques and comments and contact information so they can get in touch with you.