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Top sushi restaurants

Some of the rolls at Show Win are

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Not long ago, I faced a great challenge: How could I open my mouth wide enough to fit in a maki roll so big, so intimidating that it threatened to eat me first? I was on a quest to find Long Island's best sushi, and this surely wasn't it. Nor was the dull, icy-raw sashimi that accompanied it.

But my search for sushi excellence did have its rewards. Given all the overwrought careless stuff out there, greatness isn't hard to recognize. It announces itself at the first voluptuous bite. So here, in alphabetical order, are my picks for the top sushi restaurants on Long Island.

--JOAN REMINICK

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    Aji 53 , 53 E. Main St., Bay

    Aji 53 $ | Japanese, Restaurant, Sushi 53 E. Main St. Bay Shore Friday night and Aji 53 is pulsating. Waitresses scurry past bearing artfully composed platters ...

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    Arata Sushi waiter Yulius Kartono explains how a

    Arata Sushi $$$ | Sushi 18 Cold Spring Rd. Syosset You can come here for the familiar tempura and the teriyaki. But it's the creative ...

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    Blue Fish is a Japanese restaurant in Hicksville

    Blue Fish $$$ | Asian, Japanese 828 S. Oyster Bay Rd. Hicksville Located next to a hotel, this restaurant specializes in sushi; it also features pan-Asian dishes ...

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    Alan Kim, Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue $$ | Japanese, Restaurant, American, Asian, Sushi 230 Walt Whitman Rd. Huntington Station Department store cafe (open for lunch only), serving ultra-fresh and beautifully cut sushi, plus burgers, ...

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    Domo Sushi is decorated in yellows, blues and

    Domo Sushi $$$ | Sushi 180 Rte. 25A East Setauket Urbanity informs both the colorful decor and nontraditional Japanese menu here. ...

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    Kashi, a new Japanese restaurant in Huntington, has

    Kashi $$$ | Japanese, Sushi 12 Elm St. Huntington Specializing in sushi and sashimi, this Japanese restaurant also serves tempura, hibachi and teriyaki plates ...

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    Kashi Sushi and Steakhouse in Rockville Centre. (Aug.

    Kashi Sushi & Steakhouse Sushi, Japanese 222 Sunrise Hwy. Rockville Centre At Kashi Sushi & Steakhouse, you'll dine in a sleek, colorful, glittery setting, with ...

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    Kotobuki is located on Deer Park Road in

    Kotobuki Sushi, Asian, Japanese 86 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Sushi restaurant, part of a mega-successful chainlet that includes locations in Hauppague and Roslyn. Super-fresh ...

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    Kotobuki , 377 Nesconset Hwy., Hauppauge, 631-360-3969. At

    Kotobuki $$$ | Japanese, Asian, Restaurant, Sushi 377 Nesconset Hwy. Hauppauge At the flagship restaurant of this mega-successful chainlet, sushi chef Kenny Muraki consistently turns out ...

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    Diners eat in a full dining room at

    Kotobuki $$$ | Sushi, Japanese 1530 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn Casual restaurant serving sushi and other Japanese food. ...