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TOP PICK -- GINZA, Massapequa: Ginza is a temple to sushi. The scale and ambition of the glittery restaurant seem out of place next to a mall and behind a fast-food eatery. But Ginza is a shimmering destination for style and content. Go for the extraordinary, pristine sushi, including chef's choice servings made with fish imported from Tokyo's Tsukiji market. You can enjoy some of the ornate sushi rolls and even come here for a fine rack of lamb with wasabi-mashed potatoes or Kobe-beef meatballs with sweet wasabi aioli. But try o-toro, chu-toro, sweet shrimp, baby yellowtail. Be satisfied and refreshed.(Credit: Johnny Simon)

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The 10 best sushi restaurants on Long Island

Sushi, the pure pinnacle of Japanese cuisine, is translated differently in the United States. Traditionally, it's the union of raw fish and vinegared rice, maybe with some wasabi, a condiment that has a hint of horseradish. The uncooked fish on an oval of the rice, the most familiar, is called nigirizushi. Chirashi sushi basically is sashimi, or the raw fish, scattered on a bed of vinegar-spiked rice. Makizushi are cylindrical sushi rolls, with rice and fish wrapped with seaweed, cut into bite-size servings. Handrolls typically have a conical shape. Across Long Island and the country are countless, popular "house special rolls," or whatever the chef and the kitchen decide to combine, often to kaleidoscopic and colorful effect.

Here are Newsday's top 10 sushi restaurants. The favorite: Ginza in Massapequa. --PETER M. GIANOTTI/peter.gianotti@newsday.com and JOAN REMINICK/joan.reminick@newsday.com