Sushi bars and restaurants can be found by the multitude, but a truly remarkable experience comes from the freshest ingredients and exciting new menu options. Here are our picks for some of some great sushi eateries in New Jersey that are sure to deliver the quality and eccentricity in each dish to be labeled as the best. By Emily Tamburri.

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Tani is more than just a typical sushi dining experience—their menu is pan Asian inspired and spans Thailand, China and Japan with creative and intrinsic dishes. Using only fresh ingredients and an extra bonus of no added MSG, Tani creates a sophisticated dining palate from appetizer to dessert. The sushi rolls are as unique as they are filling, with specialty rolls like Sweet Potato Tempura and entrées of 18 pieces of assorted sashimi.

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We’re a big fan of the specialty martinis at this Hoboken highlight (additional locations in Totowa and Morristown). Each location boasts a trendy atmosphere and superb Japanese cuisine that ranges from traditional to exotic new flavors. Sushi Lounge is stocked with a full bar, including Plum wine sake and martini specials, to compliment the wide selection of entrées and appetizers. The sushi is always fresh and innovative, making headway with items such as the Spicy Banana Tempura roll and the deep fried Hoboken roll, consisting of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and eel,topped with eel sauce, spicy mayonnaise, and masago.

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Perfect for a date night, this tiny sushi spot is a delightful find, with large portions and great prices. As you sit down, the friendly wait staff will always provide you Asian porridge or mussels on the house.The lunch boxes are bountiful, with up to three rolls, edamame, and salad for a solid ten dollars, not to mention their other meat based specials, like chicken pork and beef katsu boxes and authentic Korean dishes. Nizi’s simple and relaxed atmosphere and authentic menu is a great food exploration through Asia.

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Known for their exotic specialty rolls, Aki is the place to go if you are interested in trying some eclectic sushi. Often times these rolls are intricately wrapped in mango or cucumber outside of the rice, and include delicacies like red and green caviar and pepper tuna. Aki also has created the sushi/sashimi pizza; a crispy rice crust with a choice of fresh sushi toppings and sauces.

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Using local and fresh ingredients in all of their dishes and only the highest quality fish from around the world, Masa Sushi & Grill will not disappoint in the quality or taste factor. The quality stems from owner, Masashiro Abe’s impeccable knowledge of ingredients and hand selecting the fish which have been imported directly from Japan. Masa’s ambience is the perfect setting to enjoy assorted sashimi and sushi rolls of distinct flavor and texture from the sushi bar.

Emily Tamburri is a freelance writer and publishing professional from New Jersey.

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