Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue

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925 reviews
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Transcendent sushi meets its equal with creative appetizers and entrees at Gari, the 64-seat Upper West Side outpost of Gari's (Masatoshi GARI 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.

Please note: Sushi Bar reservation is not available online. Please contact the restaurant directly.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never a bad visit to this spot! always recommend gari to all friends & family!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

favorite restaurant!

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s
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Really good food, expensive. Noise level was over the top

TF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This restaurant is way overpriced trading on creativity that is not nearly the level it should or could be

KL
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but not great. Left full and satisfied but wasn’t blown away. Worth a try

MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very expensive for such a low key place. Food is quite good though. Service was slow with far too much time between courses.

EM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You don't go to Gari for the ambiance. The sushi/sashimi is outstanding. Hard to find any Japanese prepared fish that is fresher or tastier than Gari. Make sure you have plenty of credit on your Amex, because the prices are in keeping with the quality. Well worth it, though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 1

Waitress was rude

R
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Creative raw fish preparations that taste ok, but painful, ear-shattering noise level. Had to use noise cancelling headphones to prevent massive headache. Gracious service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Terrible experience. Service was so rushed that we were out in 50 minutes. Not even had they brought the edamame and the soups and the starters were packed there. One minute later they bring the main sushi dishes and everything was there! Not even in a fast food restaurant we would have been so much rushed.
The food as usual was delicious but the experience was bad. If you have a restaurant and you charge what Gari charges you expect a dinner experience at the same level.
Not what happened. When we complained to servers and the manager they hardly apologized and did nothing to make up for the poor experience.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sushi was good , not same level as upper east location, 1st time here prices are same this is much larger

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food. Accommodated seating request.

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best always!!

RQ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for to celebrate a birthday - the Omakase sushi menu was some the very best sushi we've ever had! Highly recommend.

PL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Best omakasa that I know in New York. Something in an oyster was outstanding. The salmon with tomato topping is always in the order and one of my favorites.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid spot!

f
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

the sushi composers they are not chefs won't answer any questions and are rude
the waiters if not japanese cant speak clearly asked for a basic change in one of the sushi packages and was meet with a rude "we don't do that"
ordered sake that was 50 dollars and it was the wrong one she said we have one not on the list that is the same price
she charged me 70 i questioned it and she said she didn't say that

really bad

the fish quality was also mediocre and the price really hi

TR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Crowded tables, slow service. The sushi is ok , but over priced

v
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

gari special sushi was exceptional and the waiter helped us choose the correct saki for our tastes
We had a wonderful time.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful sushi and great service

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it from start to finish!

F
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It's my favorite sushi in NY.

RE
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in New York City. The quality is outstanding and the service could not be better.

GF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been in a while but our server remembered us and our order. Very attentive server. Food was delicious as always. We do wish they would bring back the banana pudding desert, though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Everything was really outstanding but the noise level. Extremely noisy even on NYC standard.

IS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot that we’ve come back to for years.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! I always enjoy the food, the recommendations of the servers and the overall ambience. Thank you always

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. I come here a lot and pretty much always go for their fresh sashimi dinner set with a side of avocado. All of their other food is also delicious and service is great.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and the fish is so fresh.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The sushi is excellent- but the service was not very good for the price. They refused to give me a white wine spritzer and when I asked for a glass of wine and a glass of seltzer and an empty cup they refused. It seemed like a reasonable request but maybe I’m being picky. The food was excellent though!

c
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of fish here is matched only by the quality of service. Both very high. Appetizers are also quite good as is the variety of desserts. Worth every penny.

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always hands down the best

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service was too good.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sushi of Gari has some of the best Sushi in NYC. And its signature sushi is amazing and well worth the price.

MB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I have eaten here many times and always crave the omakase. There was no room at the sushi bar so I was sat at a table with my friend. We ordered the omakase and instead of a single piece sent out at a time for each of us 4 pieces each was sent out at a time. At the bar, each piece has always been a masterwork of taste and creation but the three trays that came out were average and not at all on par with my experience in the past. This is not a cheap place so it was a total letdown. I hope this was only a blip.

s
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Freshest sashimi and sushi beautifully presented. Consistently well managed. Service excellent. A vibrant and treasured neighborhood spot.

G
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent sushi, nice staff for a neighborhood gem. Go there all the time and never fisappointed

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! The sushi is fresh, the service is impeccable!!! Order the market sashimi you will not be disappointed!!

e
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi on the Upper West Side. Highly recommend.

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