Crazy Long Island Sushi Rolls You Have to Try

Drive through any town on Long Island and you’re bound to bump into a sushi restaurant (or two). Whether craving beautifully fresh sashimi or wildly creative sushi, deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. Factor in the vibe—from low-key hidden gems to high-end destinations—and your dining options are endless. To make choosing a little easier, I rounded up six places serving the most crazy and creative sushi rolls around Long Island.

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360 Taiko Sushi & Lounge, Patchogue


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This Japanese restaurant is a favorite among locals for its creative sushi menu and moody NYC vibe. Circular booths, modern décor and big-screen televisions flank the elongated bar making it a perfect Friday night destination. The popular mango madness roll keeps things interesting with salmon and avocado wrapped in soy bean nori topped with fresh lobster, mango, shrimp and tuna with a sweet chili mayo sauce. Phone: 631-207-6888 | Address: 47 S Ocean Ave Click to go

Arata Sushi, Syosset

At this cozy Asian-fusion sushi spot, the focus is on the fresh, innovative seafood pairings. An abundance of colorful, flavorful sushi and a chef’s selection omakase menu keep regulars coming back for more. The daniela roll is not to be missed. It is made with spicy tuna, crunch and avocado topped with yellowtail, jalapeño slices and tobiko with yuzu olive oil dressing. Plus, fans claim the arata vegetarian roll is “killer;” it’s loaded with seaweed, cucumber, mesclun salad, tomato and avocado with ginger dressing. Phone: 516-921-8154 | Address: 18 Cold Spring Rd Click to go

Sushi Ko, Merrick

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This popular spot serves up classic Japanese entrees in a friendly, contemporary space. Best known for its omakase sushi—the chef chooses the menu using the freshest seafood available—Sushi Ko is touted as being “a gem in an ocean” of other sushi places. Specialty rolls like the surf and turf (spicy steamed live lobster, cucumber and avocado topped with seared filet mignon and Japanese BBQ sauce) keep the menu exciting. Healthier options like low-carb, no-rice, black rice and shirataki noodles are also in abundance. Phone: 516-378-9888 | Address: 2063 Merrick Rd Click to go

Nikkei of Peru, Port Washington and Oyster Bay

Japanese and Peruvian cuisines come together in spectacular fashion at this sushi hotspot. Locals rave about the “unbelievable atmosphere” and incredibly “creative dishes” like the kiss of fire roll with crunchy spicy yellowtail topped with tuna, salmon, jalapeño and fish eggs. Portions are “just right” and the presentation is “superb.” Click for locations and to go

Koi Kokoro, Islip

Koi Kokoro, a Japanese kitchen in Islip offers tapas-style menu items. Clockwise from top left; yellowtail jalapeno flight, Kobe pork belly bun, Miru mountain specialty roll, toro tartar and fried oysters. (Feb. 5, 2015) Credit: Doug Young

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When you’re looking to have a casual get-together with friends, Koi Kokoro is a perfect fit. The chef offers a unique tapas style menu, which means diners can try a variety of delicious sushi and sashimi alongside Korean and Mongolian BBQ-inspired bites. Between tasty options like spicy pork ramen, galbi and scallion buns and beef negamaki, this restaurant is great for non-seafood diners too. Make sure to try the intriguing kurogome beef specialty roll with fried asparagus, lettuce, crystal noodle salad and purple rice topped with galbi bbq beef and jalapeño. Phone: 631-650-0307 | Address: 501 Main St Click to go

Ichiban Sushi, Oakdale

This quaint, low-key restaurant has become a local favorite thanks to its consistently good food and reasonable prices. The sashimi “melts in your mouth” and the atmosphere is known for being relaxing. There is a large-scale fish tank and private booths with sliding screen doors. Have a palate for adventure? Try the popular whatever roll with eel, spicy tuna, avocado and four different kinds of flying fish roe! Phone: 631-218-0808 | Address: 1543 Montauk Hwy Click to go

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Denine co-writes the award-winning blog, We Know Stuff, with her sister, Daniele. Visit them,, for tasty recipes, fun kids crafts, and family-focused lifestyle articles. Twitter @WeKnowStuff_US.