Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side
Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side

Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sushiofgari.com/
  • Phone: 2125175340x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do offer catering services for various settings. Please kindly inquire at catering@sushiofgari.com for more detail.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: B/W 1st Ave. & York Ave.
  • Public Transit: Subway #6 train @ 77th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side
Welcome to Sushi of Gari! This restaurant is the original restaurant specializing in the wonderful taste of Gari Signature Sushi by Masatoshi GARI Sugio. This restaurant is rather a small establishment, but we offer an amazing Sushi as well as many traditional Japanese dishes. In addition to many very fresh authentic Japanese Sushi, let us surprise you by Gari's originality: some area slightly cooked, or marinated, and served with a variety of home-made sauces or other delicacies which enhance the daily marketfs freshest seafood, many of which are from Japan especially for Sushi of Gari.
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Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (18)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Sushi of Gari gari
    boozybrunchers
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Omakase is great. Very reasonable pricing for great sushi. Will try takeout next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent! Excellent!
    Gau1
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Incredibly fresh, excellent sashimi and sushi. Delightful choices and combinations.... Our sake choice was great. I would like a few more mid-priced options....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • AAB6VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Its nit bad at all yet It's has lost it's edge. Prices vs quality r no longer there .
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  • Inoprude
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    outstanding food, spacially sashimi, price/quality very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favourite neighbourhood gem
    dvyy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Omakase as usual was very good, and there were some very very good new pieces. However, we did not get the usual small starters and wonder if it was a cost factor or they just decided NOT to give it anymore? It was very busy and service was a little short, but overall staff looked after us well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time to move on
    foodfansforeva
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We are long time customers. The service was great but our first course of omakase tasted like it was left in the refrigerator overnight. It pains me to write this but, what used to be a favorite, is no longer worth the money. If you must, just order favorite pieces (tomato salmon, tuna with tofu, etc) vs omakase. Less expensive and you'll still feel the love.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    lcklmslm
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Top-notch fusion sushi; interesting sushi creations with unique tastes, due to the unique garnishes and sauces used.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    bt181VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Given the number of high quality sushi restaurants in NYC sushi of gari just cant keep up. The food is fresh and some pieces were original but the portions are small for the price. The sake options are insanely expensive. Sushi chefs are not friendly at all. Will not be back.
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  • Not up to it's usual standards.
    Flizz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First we ordered negimaki, which we've had before and this time is was cooked till it was crispy. We then had the Special Sushi platter and it just was'y up to it's usual delicious standard. I noticed that the AC was pretty high and as the sushi cooled, it lost it's succulence and the rice became less flavorful. Perhaps it was the AC or perhaps the chef is on vacation, but something just wasn't right. I noticed another patron quietly yelling at the manager about how nothing was good and he offered to give her a free dessert. She said "everything you brought to my table was no good and now you want to bring me more?" In all fairness this is the first 'less than stellar' meal we've had here and will return to see if it was an anomaly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great stuff!
    njeater987VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A little distracted staff but the food is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Please don't rush me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We arrived on time and the wait staff was consistently rushing us to order, to clear the table, and to pay the bill. The restaurant wasn't so crowded and they needed the table for anybody else. This is inappropriate service, especially for a nice Japanese restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Best sushi in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best sushi I've ever had. Each piece is so special and delicious and so much care is put into preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing like Yasuda or Momoya
    theirfanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I probably shouldnt have used the title I just used, as if it is not hard enough to get a table at yasuda. For the pricepoint this is less than mediocre.. Service was attentive, I'd give them that, and that only
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  • Excellent sushi
    Jouj
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place. Fish is so fresh it melts in your mouth! People are very nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality sushi!
    ThaBB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Small place with few tables and a counter. Very gentle and efficient team. And the sushi degustation worth it. Different flavors, fresh food and an awesome fois gras sushi. I recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good sushi
    pakruthVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sushi was very good. Have had omakase past few times, this time ordered sushi special. Was not disappointed , sushi fresh and delicious. Pieces were smaller than with omakase and less spectacular but definitely better than any other local sushi place. Even with a reservation was seated at a tiny circular table top by the corner window that did not have enough room for all 3 menus to be open simultaneously on the table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changed my life
    nomnom88
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Gari is the absolute best, since I moved Into the neighborhood I've been going to Gari almost once a week. A few months ago we were determined to try the Omakase menu even though we never enjoyed nigiri sushi before. EVERY single peice was phenomenal and I will never order a regular sushi roll again! (Except their spicy scallop cut up roll which is out of this world!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LDeanVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Omakase is a must here - food was perfection! Even if you think you know what you like, leave it to the chefs here to introduce to new and amazing sushi/sashimi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi ever
    Ssakagi
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Delicious ! I didn't expect I can eat real sushi in America .... After I had dinner there I see why they have one star ...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven experience
    AgileDiner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Appetizers and sushi were excellent. Cooked main course dishes were surprisingly poor and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    wineandfoodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Many people were recommending certain items from here and most were awesome. I highly recommend the spicy tempura shrimp roll, the half fatty tuna (so soft you don't have to bite it), and definetly the tuna tartare with crispy seaweed. Just ask your server and he/she will know what to recommend. It was all so fresh, elegant, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not Great
    OpenTruth
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    There is no denying the superior quality of the fish. The size of the cuts, relative to the price paid for same is, in my mind, irreconcilable. If you have money to burn and enjoy very small pieces of very good fish, then this is the place for you. To me it just feels stingy.
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  • i love gari
    UESiderVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    delicious as always, some of the best sushi in the city. it's not yasuda...but its pretty damn good
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 533 reviews are from the Sushi of Gari- Upper East Side reviews archive.
  • ROBBED
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    THIS USED TO BE BY FAR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN NYC! WE'VE ALWAYS ORDERED THE OMAKASE, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN 1 MICHELIN STAR WORTHY!! THIS LAS TIME, THEY TOOK FOREVER TO ASK US FOT THE DRINKS, TO TAKE THE ORDER AND TOOK LIKE 20 MINUTES BETWEEN EACH PLATE….BY THE END WHEN THE WAITER ASKED US IF WE WANTED SOMETHING EXTRA, I COULDNT BELIEVE IT! THEY ONLY SERVED US WITH 3 PIECES AND NO APPETIZER AND THIS TIME THE PRICE WAS EVEN MORE EXPESVE WHICH MADE IT COMPLETELY RIDUCULOUS TO HAVE PAYED 1,000 DOLARES FOR 3 PIECES OF OK SUSHI WITH TERRIBLE SERVICE! DEFINETLY NOT WORTH IT! THEY SHOULF BE STRIPPED OFF THEIR STAR….SO SAD!!!! BUT I FEEL ABSOLUTELY ROBBED BY THESE PEOPLE!
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  • really nice sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This small restaurant offers really good service which by far is better than is cramped ambiance. Nonetheless, I would go back for the food which was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Japanese food
    finedine212
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food is ok, but it's way overpriced. The whole experience lasted less than 40 mins and I was expecting a fine-dining experience. Ambience is not great at all and it feels like going to a fast food restaurant. The sashimi food has way too much sauce on it that ruins the experience of eating great quality sashimi I am sure there are a lot of better options out there for that price point.
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  • FoodiefamilyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal here. The four of us shared some appetizers (the portions were rather small but tasty) and three sushi sets (generously portioned, with 8 nigiri pieces plus one roll). The Gari's special all tuna sushi course is always our favorite. One would think having all tuna sounds uninteresting, but the nigiri pieces ("Gari style" with various toppings and sauces already on the fish) are all different in fun ways. I think the only one that I didn't care for was the tuna with fried onions on top. We were very happy with our meal. To top it off, the restaurant had somehow remembered that we had celebrated my daughter's birthday here exactly one year ago and surprised her with dessert. I was impressed with this extra touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • great Food and service
    Inoprude
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great place to do Japanesse food, avoid to ask for soy sauce...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative and delicious
    whishgirl
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Sushi of Gari (UES) is my favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. I've had the chef's tasting every time I've been there and it never disappoints. The fluke with quail egg is my absolute favorite. The intricate flavors in each piece of sushi prove time and forethought are put into every bite. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves sushi and is looking for something outside of what one finds in normal, every day sushi restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We missed the sushi bar
    MustangCHK
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everytime my husband and I are in NYC, we have our date night at Sushi of Gari. When I made this reservation it was my birthday treat for my husband and I specified that I wanted the sushi bar. When we got there they said that there was not space so we were quite disappointed. The food was delicious but there were several items that were better served at the sushi bar (like the salmon with hot tomato). When it reached us the tomato was cold and it no longer had the same taste as if served at the bar. The sashimi (first time to try this) was delicious. All is all it was good but not our best meal here. Travelling 24 hours to eat here and not getting the sushi table is a bit sad.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constant Favourite
    dvyy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Best Omakase!! So glad to have it in the neighborhood within walking distance. Omakase always a treat and never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    GGOTVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The omakase is good but it very overpriced. We spent $400 for two plus a bottle of sake and two desserts. The interior of the restaurant lacks character - it is dumpy and depressing. Service is very good but beware of upselling.
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  • Still the best sushi around...
    justokaug2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Have tried Gari's other locations - the best is still Upper East Side! Tuna with tofu sauce - my husband can't get enough of it. Great presentation, responsive & helpful chefs! Thanks for another memorable meal!
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  • cant get any better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    You sit, you ask for Omakaze, and you get one delight after another... really it cant get any better, food is perfect.
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  • Excellent Experience
    CCCC
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Everything about this place is amazing. Food, service and quality. Well worth the cost if you love sushi.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh my gosh, omakase.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The omakase at Sushi of Gari UES is a phenomenal exploration for the palate. I highly recommend letting the chef provide his choices for you. No wasabi nor soy sauce needed: perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasting
    rosca
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very good for tasting none common sushi. Highly recommended the Chef Selections
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is perfect but the service
    Miczkey
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Food is perfect but the service is lousy as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omakase
    Saikosol
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    For those who are looking for a unique sushi dining experience I recommend this place. Sushi of Gari not only has great sushi selections but takes it up a notch with a culinary twist on flavor and texture combinations. Great for sushi lovers and foodies alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent quality sashimi
    ESL515
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Their sashimi, my favorite, was superb. The fish was so fresh, it melted in our mouths. The Upper East Side location is a bit tiny and crowded, but next time I'll try the sushi bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.