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: (212) 517-5340
  • 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
63 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (26)special occasion (22)hot spot (7)romantic (7)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • beecho
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    One of the best Omakase meals in the city. High quality sushi mixxing both classic and new styles. Some of the main highlights were the Toro sushi, Tuna tartare sushi and the staple salmon and roasted tomato sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No regrets
    BeantownAlumnasVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Would definitely recommend this place easily. Love the food! Not on the Menu as a generic item but order the a la carte Fluke with quail egg and truffle sauce! It's to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative shusi dinning
    Moeb
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Get ready for an unbelievable experience eating shusi! Raw or slightly cook teamed with amazing flavors that Melt in your mouth
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average sushi at premium prices
    GreyhoundFoodie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Have had as good or better sushi at many other places in city for less price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuna galore
    Tacoamo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food is insanely good especially the gara of tuna dish if you like tuna 9 different ways it's a must also if your a sushi lover how come you haven't been yet?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST SUSHI EVER!
    ChchVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The best sushi my boyfriend and I have ever had!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin prices, fast food service
    muffinmadness
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The omakase was disappointing and the service was slow and not attentive. We sat for a long time without anyone taking our drink order, and weren't given food menus for a long time either. We had to flag our server down for everything. At one point, the table behind us was roaming the restaurant to find chopsticks and popping their head in the sushi window for soy sauce. Come on. For as slow as our meal was to start, we were rushed through every course. We were there at 9pm on a weeknight, the place wasn't that busy. The omakase was ok. We had a piece of salmon sushi with a tomato on top- the tomato was larger than the fish itself. Only a few pieces were worthy of the price and reputation. Ruined my birthday dinner and waste of $300.
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  • Great experience
    CatsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We chose to have the Omakase and it was absolutely fabulous! It was a delicacy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    dinenyc82
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I took two of my friends' here for their birthdays and we had an amazing omakase experience! The food was divine and the service was amazing. They even brought out dessert with 2 candles in it and the whole restaurant sang happy birthday! Great restaurant for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not good enough
    loveliuliu
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I don't know why this restaurant could win a Michelin Star. Its service and atmosphere are poor. Food is not outstanding at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review of Sushi Gari
    JenBites
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Not known for it's ambiance or space, then again that is part of this small sushi joint's charm. The best sushi in NYC. Gari's Upper East Side location I think is the best of his three others in Manhattan. It's the original, and I continue to come back, though not as often as I would like, a I have small children. You will consistently have great sushi here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi in New York.
    moresushiplease
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Sushi of Gari is consistently the most amazing quality, freshest, and most unbelievably delicious sushi. Every time I've gone to either the UES or the 46th street location, service has been prompt, friendly, and polite. The ambience in both locations is lovely- very simple but very comfortable and elegant. And the food... Where to begin? If you don't like sushi you will probably still find something delicious here, I've been here with people who ordered the tempura udon and absolutely loved it. But the sushi is the real star. I always order the sushi special, and while it is an expensive treat, my God is it worth it. Each piece is so fresh and seasoned so beautifully, it just amazes me every time. Love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delahoyazamora
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Every peice of "Omakase" menu is wonderful. Especially, "Shabushabu of Snow crab" is marvelous (=not "too much coocked" but also "not raw", which makes it literally `soft and delicate".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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  • 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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  • Best dinner ever
    theLJC
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went to Sushi of Gari for my birthday dinner and it was probably the best meal I've ever had in New York. Omakase is pricy but worth it - you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 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.
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    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
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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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 544 reviews are from the Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    simplistic yet true to culture ambiance. Best sushi I have had so far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    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
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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
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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.
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    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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  • 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.