Sushi showstoppers: 3 of Long Island's best

The ornate Ginza sushi and sashimi platter features

The ornate Ginza sushi and sashimi platter features such delicacies as blue fin tuna belly, sea urchin and baby yellowtail. (April 21, 2012) (Credit: Johnny Simon)

Long Island's Japanese restaurants range from the modest sushi joint to glitzy showstoppers. Here are three that definitely fall into the second category.

GINZA, Massapequa

Near Sunrise Mall, on a former Sizzler site, this temple rises: opulent, angular, eye-catching, down to the cascading aluminum chains. Recommended: miso black cod, teriyaki-glazed meatballs and sushi/sashimi of fish from Tokyo's Tsukiji market.

NISEN SUSHI, Commack

When lively and vivid approaches over-the-top, you're clearly at Nisen Sushi. Sample the creative handrolls and cylindrical rolls; spicy tuna gyoza; miso black cod; the Kobe-style beef slider trio; lobster tacos; and the traditional sushi, too. An offspring of Nisen Woodbury.

NISEN SUSHI, Woodbury

This glittery establishment looks as if it could become a nightclub with the flip of a chopstick. Curves and swirls, rough and smooth stone, bamboo plants. Hard to miss, even tucked in a shopping center. Recommended: the colorful, imaginative sushi rolls; miso-cured cod.

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