Three Sushi Hot Spots in Merrick

Three Sushi Hot Spots in Merrick

Merrick has found itself in the middle of a sushi war and from what we’ve been seeing over the past two years the competition is heating up with a few new spots opening their doors to try and convince their south shore customers that they’re the best. We’ve stopped by a few of the restaurants in the recent past to discover what’s unique about them and how they shape up next to their friendly rivals.

Merrick Sushi Bar and Tea
Original Feature Article: April 28, 2011

We’ve visited Merrick Sushi Bar and Tea on multiple occasions over the past two years. Among or most recent visit was for the original FiOS1 Long Island television segment that we had participated in, called Reservations with Rob (check out the video embedded below for our overview). Merrick Sushi Bar and Tea is a tiny spot located just north of the railroad station on Sunrise. The small atmosphere allows all of the clientele to meet and greet with the owners and once you’re there for a few minutes you’ll already feel like one of the regulars and will be treated as such.

The restaurant does about as much business on take out as it does on dine in and the two sushi chefs that are located behind the sushi bar are feverishly working their knives and rolling rolls all throughout the night. What we like about Merrick Sushi Bar and Tea is the combination of the personalized service and the freshness of the fish. The menu is broad enough for those sushi lovers to feel as though they can branch out a little and sample some new rolls that they might have never had.

*Due to the small size there can be a wait on weekends, so call ahead to find out.


Photo Copyright Mark Brandon Photography

2171 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
516-868-0882
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Sushi Ko
Original Feature Article: July 14, 2011

When Sushi Ko opened up not too long ago we were extremely thankful. Akari, the sushi restaurant that occupied the space for many years before it, was an outdated and underperforming spot that we couldn’t have been happier to see close. The one time that we had been there we vowed to never return, and we held to that promise until we spotted the new sign going up.

The opposite of all that Akari stood for, Sushi Ko is like a magical zen garden in the middle of busy Merrick Road. The space has been completely revamped and the upstairs dining area is a quiet little place to go with your dining party. The upstairs also has mini tatami tables for four where you can sit sunken into the floor for the authentic Japanese experience.

Beyond the sushi, we’ve had great experiences with their tuna and salmon pizza appetizer and a special appetizer that consisted of spicy crunchy tuna ball wrapped in avocado (as pictured below).


Photo Copyright Mark Brandon Photography

2063 Merrick Road
Merrick, NY 11566-4703
516-378-9888
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Xaga Sushi

Xaga Sushi is the newest sushi restaurant of them all. Similar to Sushi Ko, this is a revamp of a restaurant that had just closed its doors. A complete 180 from its previous tenant, Pantano’s (an italian restaurant), Sushi Ko has an ultra-modern decor; with color changing light displays on the sushi bar and interior columns, dark lighting and upscale furnishings. We’ve been to Sushi Ko on a few occasions, and for the most part they have all been positive.

While the interior is nicer than anything in the immediate area, we’ve found that their cooked food is often better than their sushi rolls. Heavily sauced (whether it’s a mango sauce, eel sauce or spicy sauce) it didn’t allow us to enjoy the fish. The sushi pizza appetizer that we had was much better than the one that we loved at Sushi Ko (much to our surprise) and the Scallop and Shrimp Teriyaki was excellent and served over corn; albeit too heavily sauced, again.

The positives far outweigh the negatives here at Xaga. The check will match the decor and will be expensive by the end of the night, but if you play your hand correctly and don’t order some of those rolls that are reliant on heavy sauces, you should enjoy your meal, too.


Photo Copyright Mark Brandon Photography

217 Merrick Road
Merrick, NY 11566
516-379-8888


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Who’s The Winner?

So, with all of these sushi restaurants within a mile radius, who do we think is the overall winner? Based on our personal experience and multiple trips to each, we would submit to our readers Sushi Ko as the Merrick sushi destination. A combination of popular appetizers, inventive rolls, private dining spaces and a nice atmosphere will keep us coming back for more.[/highlight_1blue]

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