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Sushi of Gari- Columbus Avenue

Sushi of Gari- Columbus Avenue Details

  • 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: 5:00pm - 10:45pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:15pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: MASATO OYAMA
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Gari also features a creative menu of cooked fare from Executive Chef/Partner Mike Lim. 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Gari sushi is as good as it gets on the UWS. On a recent weeknight visit the place was jumping, in contrast to the quieter weekends. A lot of suits and ties -- the word is out."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Not sure why this restaurant is rated so highly. We got the omakase and were sorely disappointed by the quality of the fish as well as the whole experience. The omakase came in 3 bulk courses which, even setting aside the quality of the food (which was poor), made it feel rushed and not as special as the usual omakase experience with many courses of one or two pieces each."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Although it all tasted great there was very little food and a very BIG price tag"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Best omakase anywhere. No need for soy sauce-each piece has it's own topping. Totally overpriced and worth every penny!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Freshest and most innovative sushi on the Upper West Side!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have dined at this restaurant many times and it is always very good. This time however, we were told when we were seated that there was a notation on our reservation that stated we had to be done by 8:15. We were seated at 6:30, so 8:15 is not unreasonable, but we were there for a relaxing celebratory dinner with friends and somehow being given a time limit is ridiculous. Waitress was constantly coming to take our order and food came out rapidly. We ended up ordering sushi one piece at a time to slow them down. The meal totaled $500.00 for 4 people before tip. I think for this amount of money, we should be able to stay as long as we like."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place is a high end Japanese restaurant that happens to serve some sushi-esque food but it is so much more. The creativity, attention to extreme detail, and utmost quality of the food makes it a standout. Yes it is expensive, but compare it to Nobu, not to a neighborhood sushi place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "You must order the omakase! It's out of this world amazing. No need for soy sauce because every piece comes with it's own unique, mouth watering topping. It's very $$$$ but literally the best sushi I have ever had and I lived in Japan! There is a Gari special for a little less $$$ because it has fewer pieces but still awesome. Do it at least once and you will want it again and again. Regular sushi even from the finest places just won't do it for you anymore. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Everything there is terrific, but their Omakase in particular is absolutely off the charts! "The Best"...."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I haven't been to EVERY sushi place the city has to offer, but the omakase at Gari on Columbus was spectacular. Even my date, who's more reserved with her sushi preferences, was thrilled. And the service! Top-notch all the way. Not once did we feel hurried or neglected. DEFINITELY recommended for people who are tired of tuna rolls and want to step up their sushi game. And for those of you worried about price...well, you get what you pay for! $300 for out-of-this-world sushi and a delicious bottle of cold sake is what you'd pay at any first-rate sushi restaurant, whether it's in Manhattan, San Francisco, or Vancouver."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food excellent, prices high, service friendly but pushy - they needed that table back and it felt a tad uncomfortable"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Omakase is delicious but expensive ($240 for two) for 8 pieces of Sushi and 4 pieces of Sashimi. We ordered more food. Also, Gari, who is on the UES, is the better Sushi imaginative genius. The chefs here and at 46 Street just imitate his pieces...not quite the same."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I'm going to keep this brief because there isn't much to say except that each piece of fish I ate was so amazingly flavorful and distinct. Eating mediocre sushi makes me forget how different each species of fish is supposed to taste. It also reminded me that you really have to pay for great sushi. "
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "always consistent-best sushi in town-great ,courtious service- friendly environment"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was my second time of dining at Gari @ Columbus, and it was, again, a very satisfying experience. The sushi was presented in an ambitious and imaginative way, and it tasted absolutely gorgeous. The noise level was at first a bit high, as the place was packed, but it calmed down later as my friend and I finished our dinner, enjoying every bite."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Lunch on a Sunday. Trying to avoid the "brunch" scene with Eggs Benedict, etc. So, we make a reservation at Sushi Gari on Columbus. We walk in and want to sit at the counter. We are told that it is omakase at the counter only, clarifying that it is only sushi. OK. Then the server starts a litany of what we can and can't order and adds that around 8 pairs of sushi will cost around $140 per person, all before offering us a menu. We excuse ourselves from the counter and move to a table. We start ordering a la carte. Oops, sorry, you have the dinner menu, here's the lunch menu. And the lunch menu does not have a lot of the special things on the dinner menu... So, a mundane set of dishes. Too bad Sushi Sasabune is not open on Sundays..."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "this great sushi place.. on any list of the city's best - works EVERY time. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Considering the prices and the strict reservation policy here, I would have expected a more elegant setting. The ambiance of this restaurant did not feel any different than that of much less expensive sushi restaurants - formica-style uncovered tables, wooden chopsticks, bright lighting, etc. The food was average. The service was extremely pleasant and attentive, but to the point of feeling rushed - no sooner did we finish chewing the last bite of a particular dish than the wait staff was approaching to ask us what we wanted next. I would not return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food is not what it used to be. And it is VERY expensive."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "the best most consistent sushi in NYC- the service is excellent-and the people friendly"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Omakase for lunch was profoundly amazing... insulted the sushi chef when I asked for a little soy sauce. The soy sauce was an insurance policy but absolutely not necessary because every piece of sushi was truly gastronomical perfection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "nothing more to sa-the best and totally consistent"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Always wonderful sushi but you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Sushi is fresh and delicious. Go for the omakase!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was a most amazing experience! We were there to celebrate a special occasion and it was spectacular. The service was phenomenal! The food was out of this world! I can't say enough good things! This place is a keeper!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "melts in your mouth- every bite really second to none!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I would have loved dimmer lighting at nght time.. Our Waitress was extradronarily fabulous! She knew everything about the menu - she forgot our Edaname - but - it was not biggy. Her reccomendations for us were right on! Thanks - we will be back.."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "As far as the food is concerned, it was excellent. I have been to numerous upscale Japanese restaurants (i.e. Nobu, Morrimoto, Bond St., Buddha Bar, etc.) and the Omakase presented an incredibly fresh and vibrant selection. The rice was perfect as well. I was impressed. The atmosphere was nothing special. I quickly realized that I was overdressed on a saturday night, when I was wearing trousers and a button down with a cardigan over it. The atmosphere isn't as sceney or entertaining as Bond St., but it was sufficient to enjoy the food. The service was also great. The waitress and staff were efficient and professional."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentines day here. They were busy and the service was strained for that reason. My only complaint was that our waiter didn't really speak English very well"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fresh sushi and sashimi prepared with creativity and wonderful fresh ingredients. Some raw, some cooked. All delicious."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This is our favorite place to celebrate -- not exactly cheap, but the Tuna of Gari is worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Excellent sashimi & sushi especially for the neighborhood. Not cheap but wort it"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Superb Japanese food with a contemporary twist.No soy sauce is needed with the sushi since each piece of sushi has its own sauce. Can't recommend it highly enough for the sushi gourmand who wants something different."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Good food but the service is not good regard the prices"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great food and service, bit pricey but food is amazing"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Not being the most observant of people at times I have walked by this restaurant for six years since coming to NYC and thought nothing of it - just another sushi place. I was so wrong and friend suggested we eat there and now I don't want to eat sushi anywhere else. It was phenomenal. We ate the "omakase" or a la carte menu and while much pricier than my bank would have liked, I thought it was worth it because of the variety, and most importantly the freshness. I had no idea sushi could taste like this. No two pieces were the same, and every new piece of sushi accompanied with a "that's amazing"'esque comment from us. They are brought in groups of four to the table and the last piece...well when was the last time you ate foie gras sushi!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Sushi creative and spectacular. Every piece has it's own taste. Go often and experiment. We were there on freezing friday and seats near the door were unprotected from cold. Sit at the back or wait till spring."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "always very high level of sushi! Top tier NYC / perhaps in the US."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "West Side Gari has totally different vibe than east side Gari... could be in Japan in the crammed east side joint. West side had less authentic feel - and no japanese servers or hostesses. Fish was fresh and tasty. First time not getting Gari omakase and was still quite tasty albeit not particularly interesing...saved a bundle too. Our server "forgot" a part of our order - and apologized. Overall ok, but not stellar."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Amazing sushi - we had the tasting menu which was fantastic but v expensive"
    Dined on 12/29/2013