Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue

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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.

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OT
New York Area
191 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Sushi of Gari has reliably good to great sushi/sashimi. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is how they treat you - it is almost like fast food sushi. Very little of the beauty that you have with other high end sushi restaurants. Years ago, they were one of the best around. Then new places opened that were better and they were able to compete on price - more value. Now that they raised their prices, they are less competitive on price and still don't deliver the same experience. However, some of the fish was outstanding, and the restaurant was packed on a rainy Sunday night, so the market is liking what they do just fine.

AA
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food that is solidly based on highest quality ingredients and expert technique. Creative innovation that is not gimmicky or heavy handed. Beautiful presentation, very attentive staff, very pleasant room. We were there at lunch, so the room was both full of light and the noise level was completely unobtrusive- the room was probably somewhat less than full but over 50% occupancy, I would think. Lovely experience!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We settled on trying out Gari's Sushi excited for the experience. The assorted sushi was incredibly presented and decadent. 10/10 experience, and the mochi was the cherry on the top!

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not as good as usual but great Server from Chile

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No i dont hAve time

SY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good sushi at a ridiculous price point. We got the preset platter of 8 pieces. Some of the pieces were interesting while others had so much on it that you could not taste the fish at all. Then we tried some other pieces: foie gras was not great - the meat was too dry. The spicy clam hand roll was good, the Gari Sake was excellent but again overpriced.

The decor looked like an outdated hole-in-wall sushi joint. Overall, I expected something special but it was just “ok”.

In summary - decent sushi but not at this price point. Could do much better for a $400 sushi meal

JM
New York Area
303 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing sushi and sashimi as always, and staggering prices as usual too. These are downtown premium prices on the UWS. But a great meal.

R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't go wrong with Sushi of Gari's omakase. It's the closest thing you can get to culinary heaven! I can't wait to be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Awesome sushi and Japanese food

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
96 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
6 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
45 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.

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

This is one of the best places for sushi on the Upper West Side. I've had the pleasure of dining here many times and each meal is simply spectacular! The chef's menu is definitely something to try.

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
49 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
20 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
48 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
4 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
11 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
13 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!