Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue

Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sushiofgari.com/
  • Phone: (212) 362-4816
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 2:15PM; Saturday - Sunday:12:00PM - 4:00PM Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 10:45pm Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:45pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: TAKATSUGU KISHIKAWA
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For parties over 4 people, please call the restaurant directly to make the reservation.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 77th and 78th Streets
  • Public Transit: 1,9 trains to W79th Street or B,C to W81st Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available.
A word from Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue
Transcendent sushi meets its equal with creative appetizers and entrees at Gari, the 64-seat Upper West Side outpost of Gari's (Masatoshi Sugio) popular Upper East Side restaurant. Tony Chi of tonychi and associates has created an environment where Gari and his team can craft their cuisine in pure, harmonized comfort - a virtual sushi studio - and every seat in the house allows guests to observe the chefs/artists at work.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (17)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (8)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • never stops being the best
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    every time i eat there, i savor each bite and think about how tasty the food is - it nevetr ceases to be so consistently good, and the more i experiment with new items, the better it gets
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply mouth watering
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    every bite, every type of fish- simply the best tried the seared toro for the first time and the fried oysters- great great great if you want the best-it's sushi gari omikase and tuna of gari a homer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious sushi
    new2nycVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent sushi lunch at Gari...as always the sushi is excellent!! my friend and I both had the sushi brunch? consisting of four signature sushi pieces the chef decides on-as well as a few pieces of sushi rolls.. we started with shrimp shumai-- everything was delicious... we will return.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always the best
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    walked out so so full the other night- tried the fried oysters for the first time-so so good- and the seared toro sushi, to die for omikase always a pleasure-in fact, one thing about sushi gari, every bite full is simply so satisfying
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi
    ClassicVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Good sushi for those interested in modern niguiri and modern rolls. A lot of flavors integrated into each item
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding quality
    CaptainSpiff
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Having tried Sushi all around the globe and being used to Norwegian produce in the sushi, I believe I am qualified in my statement; This was extraordinary! The variety and quality was top class. Excellent service. A bit bright lighting - probably done on purpose Japanese-style in order for guests to enjoy the visual impression. I think I would have dimmed it a bit, but aside from this minor item, the overall experience was great. Definitely going to be my regular pit-stop in New York. To Gari; Congratulations with a quality product!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • loud on saturday night
    Love2DineOutVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    we love the food at gari, and it's always high quality and delicious, but saturday night was so busy, so loud, and so unrelaxing that we'll be sticking to sunday night and early in the work week dining going forward.
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  • Yumy for Sushi-Sashimi gourmands
    SwimmerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I'm always happy when friends from out of town visit--I get to treat them and myself to scrumptious Omakase at Sushi of Gari!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    always the BEST freshest most original omakase in town !!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Unjapanese, unwelcoming place
    fairfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Felt like they were pushing us out in 30 minutes. Staff was grabbing our plates before we finished - the worst experience in any of Japanese restaurants - awful. It's a money, turning table machine. Nothing human. Service is nonexistent. Food was mediocre too - if not having the chef selection - there is absolutely no point of going there. Sushi combination come absolutely with no presentation. They are so CHEAP - we were embarrassed for them!!!! Never go - there are so many better Japanese places.
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  • Excellent food....
    RJBJR
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    One of the best sushi restaurants in Manhattan....
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    fit for foodies
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  • way way over price for what it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    a big big disappointment. the sushi was not that fresh, and for 400.00 for three people , i was expecting the best.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best sushi EVER!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Let the chef decide what you eat, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the top sushi
    RaulVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of the best sashimi and sushi in New York. Order the Omakase and sit in the sushi bar. Could turn to be very expensive but still 1/3 of Massa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but..
    SwedishChef
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The tempura did not match my expectations and the atmosphere was a bit too much "local diner". But the quality of the sushi was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Delicious Sushi
    PatB
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A la carte menu was extensive, but expensive! High quality sushi grade fish. Nicely prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi quality at it's best
    BjkbjkVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There are many places in nyc that provide great sushi, but Gari's is definitely top of the line. The restaurant is not fancy but the quality of the food is consistently outstanding. The prices are high, but you leave feeling you get what you paid for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nowhere near worth the price
    Rhodee
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Extremely disappointed with this experience. After reading mostly good reviews, we tried it and came away hungry, disappointed with the food/price ratio, but most importantly we felt rushed by the wait staff (the entire dinner was under an hour). Maybe they were told by management to move diners out quickly? And I won't be giving this place a second chance.
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  • Our favorite
    SwimmerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There are sushi restaurants and there are sushi restaurants. Gari which is the Japanese word for the pickled ginger that goes with sushi, is our favorite, and I've eaten at 2 other highly rated ones in Zagat. Because this is an attraction for young--and it's a Japanese restaurant that is not owned by other nationalities, one also sees Japanese people. Whether one sits at a table or at the sushi counter, one gets oshibori (moist hot cloth to clean one's hands before eating). The sake listing of cold sake is excellent. The melt in your mouth sushi is divine. It requires no soy sauce or wasabi. I prefer lunch when it's less bustling, or even take-in, as I live close enough to have delivery! Happy when I can treat a friend & myself too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The salmon-related sushis are just one of the best. The tuna was ok. The seaweed salad was really nice but the other kinds of salad was just soso. The creative nigiris are definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    SusieQ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My friends and I had the sushi and sashimi specials. Fish was fresh and delicious. Presentation was gorgeous (we had to take photos). I would go back and bring out of town visitors again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gari
    DMCTVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good but the sushi was quite expensive. Be prepared to spend a lot of money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Best Sushi in the neighborhood
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I always come here to get out chef tasting fix. We sit at the same section at the bar and by this time our sushi chef knows us. We are big foodies so ah-ing and oooou-ing with our eyes and ummm-ing after we've tasted his creation is what we look forward to at Gari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So fresh!
    MomdineVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    You never have to worry. Food is always fresh. The food comes out quickly which my kids love. The only negative is the UWS location is cramped. So it is not a place for slow dinner. Its an in and out.... But very worth it place to eat!!!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    Real
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Omakase was average compared to other great sushi restaurants in nyc. Service was subpar. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. What a waste. Seriously.
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  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First of all, must say a la carte menus are overpriced. Good to stick with set or course menus. Enjoyed Kama toro and seared scallop of sushi deluxe. Tempra of young ayu (sweet fish) was oily, but tasty. Hamachi with jalapeño sounds famous though it was so so. Yes, tomato tempra over salmon sushi was quite interesting. Service was good. It was too cold to dine inside due to blowing wind from air conditioner. Michelin guide is always too generous to Japanese restaurants.
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  • Very pricy for ordinary sushi.
    Daiz
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I would not recommend. Clearly over rated. I was disappointed.
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  • not a good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    the sauces didn't really complement the fish all of the time. Four people omakase with two bottles of sake (easy to do). $1,000 and I left hungry.
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  • My favorite Sushiya
    SwimmerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Lunch is my favorite time because it's not as crowded or loud as in the evening. The quality of the sushi is outstandingly delicious aand comparable to the 29 rating in Zagat that their most recent rating for Sasabune. Checking with an astute friend who has been to both, we are definitely fans of Sushi of Gari's Omakase. Recently I ate with 3 other friends who were unfamiliar with this fine cuisine and had the Gari Chef Delux Sushi of nigiri sushi and a role for less than half the price of Omakase that was superb, and quite satisfying. We also enjoyoed edamame, spinach goma-ae and kombucha tempura. In writing this review, it's making my mouth water just thinking back about how much I have enjoyed always eating here. And they deliver!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • always the best
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    consistent-great sushi -- always meets expectations- great neighborhood regular spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Good food
    jadednewyorker
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We met our friends for dinner at Gari with the expectation to enjoy the food and catch up. The food was great. The fish was fresh and well prepared. Unfortunately, the expectation is that once you are done eating you have to leave. When we finished eating,the check was brought promptly and shortly after, we were asked to move our conversation to another area of a restaurant because our table was combined with another to accomodate the large group. Be prepared to take any conversations elsewhere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    UWSNativeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Simply the most inventive sushi around... get the omakase and enjoy
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great sushi
    SteveG
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As usual, Gari does not disappoint. However, when dining at a restaurant that provides such an outstanding sushi experience, it is insulting that they charge extra for a little more salad dressing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OTD1VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    More expensive than other Japanese restaurants in neighborhood, but worth it. Quality and service are outstanding.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 438 reviews are from the Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue reviews archive.
  • always superb
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Been going to Gari on the upper east side for years...just starting going to this one on the west side. both are excellent; always. the west side restaurant is bigger and a bit nicer but I'll go to either any time. was there 3days in a row and I can continue going.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This wasn't my first visit to Gari and it won't be my last. I went with the omakase and each piece was excellent.
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    special occasion
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  • Really good sushi - but priced high
    stockstar66VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have been to the location on Upper West Side a couple of times and I enjoy the novelties of what they do - but I have to admit that it is just sushi with an interesting bit of sauce added to it - so it shouldn't cost $300 for a party of two for dinner....just saying.
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  • 1of the Top Sushi Rest. in the City
    MSR5
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A real Gem- The sushi is unbelievably fresh, our favorite was the salmon sushi topped with the grilled tomato and the yellowtail topped with the jalapeño pepper. The rolls were delicious, fresh, and cut into 8 edible size pieces. The service was fast and the restaurant was completely filled to capacity. The only negative is the noise level. It is hard to hear if you are more than 4 and that is still tough at times. However it would not prevent me from returning.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushi heaven
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    simply the best-totally consistent-warm very friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi. Fish is always fresh
    llips2091VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We ordered a lot of mixed sushi and rolls. Everything was excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.