Sushi is a go-to meal any time of year, and it can really hit the spot after a long day in the sun at the Jersey Shore. With so many rolls to choose from, coupled with all of the sushi restaurants in the area, it can be hard to know where to go. Keep reading for a list of the best sushi places in the Asbury Park area of the Jersey Shore to try next time you have a sushi craving.
What to Order
It can be confusing to know if you are ordering what you want. Don’t worry, we’ve broken down the different types of dishes to try:
- Sushi roll: The traditional type of sushi roll, also called ‘maki.’
- Hand roll: A cone-shaped roll with a seaweed cone filled with rice and other ingredients. These are not cut into smaller pieces.
- Sashimi: This is not technically sushi as you think of a roll, but rather slices of fish with other garnishes including wasabi and ginger.
- Nigiri: This is a ball of rice with a slice of fish laid on top.
Asia Star Cafe | 4060 Asbury Avenue, Tinton Falls
Asia Star Cafe is a fun dinner treat after a fun day at the beach, or a successful shopping trip at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Locals keep coming back here for both dine-in and takeout. The Asia Star House roll is a delish order with shrimp, eel, avocado, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. For those who avoid fish, there is a big menu with many other types of Asian dishes.
Ginza Japanese Restaurant | 821 W Park Avenue, Ocean Township
Located in the Cobblestone Village Shopping Center, this place is a great stop for lunch or dinner. There are even special lunch sushi options until 3:30PM. Guests can get the sushi rolls with black rice, brown rice, or soy paper if they want to switch it up from the usual white rice and seaweed wrap. Bento boxes and party trays are also available, making this a fun order-ahead option.
Koto Fusion Sushi & Poke | 60 Centennial Drive, Long Branch
Visitors like the food and the ambiance at Koto. This sushi spot is steps from the beach, so it’s easy to pop by for a few rolls of sushi or a hibachi entrée. On really hot days, make sure to grab some mochi as a nice, cool dessert.
Osaka | 604 Main Street #1011, Bradley Beach
Osaka serves sushi rolls as entrees with miso soup. It’s right on Main Street, near the train station, and just a few short blocks from Bradley Beach. In addition to sushi, Osaka serves hibachi, teriyaki, tempura and katsu options.
Taka | 660 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
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Come for the sushi, but stay for the vibes. This full-service lounge is a favorite to enjoy sake or cocktails. This place is ideal for those with specific dietary needs and calls out cocktails that are vegan, kosher, and organic, as well as providing gluten-free soy sauce. There really isn’t a bad sushi roll to try here, but the classic spicy tuna is always a good bet.
Rice Asian Cuisine | 718 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
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Customers keep coming back here with delicious sushi rolls and the pineapple fried rice is a fan favorite. Come for lunch and get a lunch special, AG loves the 3-roll combo for $15. For those who might not be sushi lovers, Rice Asian Cuisine has hibachi meals, bento boxes, udon, and ramen, too.
Sumo Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar | 1933 NJ State Route 35, Wall Township
When hungry visitors think of sushi, they might not think of a hibachi show too, but that is exactly what customers can get at Sumo Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. The sushi rolls and entrees span multiple pages of the menu, and the hibachi entrees cooked in front of diners include clear soup, green salad, shrimp, vegetables, fried noodles, and fried rice.