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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b
London
51 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Went for dinner on Saturday and by 7:40pm the restaurant was out of 3 items that we had wanted.

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very overpriced. Valentine day Omakase was not worth 150 dollars.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dining experience, dishes were unique and delicious

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentine’s Day

l
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to get to this restaurant at least once a week, as the sushi is consistently superb, and so many of the other offerings are wonderful too--especially the negimaki. Best Japanese restaurant on the Upper Westside, by far.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went on a Sunday night -- normally a "no-go" in the world of fish. However, Sushi of Gari UWS was excellent. Some of the best sushi I've had in a while -- the sashimi wasn't tough, great portion sizes, and very interesting menu. The only thing was that the appetizers were incredibly small. My dining partner and I ordered the spinach gomae-e and cold marinated eggplant to split, along with some edamame. I found myself having to order the hijiki salad in order to add some bulk to my meal (the salad, not the appetizer - which I assume is tiny). So in terms of value, the food is of all high quality, but portions can be small. However, sushi/sashimi was excellent and worth the dining experience.

Waitress missed the beat a bit but was friendly. Was very late to the reservation (by about 15-20 minutes) but we were graciously welcomed, without any kind of problem (rare in New York). Will be returning!

PK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

May have been cause in middle of afternoon - but unfriendly greeting - but most importantly food was really unacceptable considering reputation and price - too warm, wilted flavors, poor presentation. Green tea was good.

UW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So delicious. A great neighborhood-y place but special occasion prices. Excellent service.

TD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience3

This is ok sushi. Sometimes pretty creative. But $430.00 for two from the Omakase menu is absolutely absurd. Also, the restaurant emailed me twice and called me to make sure I was going to show up. And they required a credit card for a reservation. for expensive Sushi I would recommend Sasabune. For great sushi for a reasonable price I would go to Kouzan. This place needs to get over itself. Nobu looks like a deal compared to this. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN.

s
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always the best

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful minus the nasty heavy cougher sitting behind us
I wish restaurants could ask people to leave when they are that sick

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This place has good omakase and sake. For something simpler, go elsewhere

G
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The sushi at Sushi of Gari is superb, sometimes (e.g., the tuna) sublime. Unfortunately, it is VERY expensive. That may come with the territory of having such extraordinary sushi, but it's important that diners are aware of this price level. You get what you pay for, as they say. What pleased us less, though, is the fact that the servers are clearer instructed to try to "sell" the more expensive options. I don't need to be asked twice whether I wouldn't prefer the fancier sushi assortment (I didn't), or, again, twice whether I wanted desert (I didn't).

OT
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfectly good sushi/sashimi, but they haven't changed anything in years, while the rest of the sushi world has been passing them by.

B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Top notch sushi at a price a notch or two below some of the sushi "temples" downtown. But sometimes I miss the hush and silence ---Gari is surprising busy & noisy, often filled with families and kids.

UW
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, nice people - twice as expensive as Ten-Zan and definitely better, but not twice as good.

Terrific sushi is money is no object. But figure $100 a person unless you have them choose their special menu - $120 plus drinks and tax and tip, so maybe $800 for four.

JP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A favorite place of mine when we visit NY. Wonderful staff and the omakase is always top notch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

love the food
really special ang creative

s
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just one of the best sushi restaurants around!!

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The food at Sushi of Gari is excellent. However, recent changes in management and reservation personnel have made my recent experience a very disappointing one. The most recent one: I called weeks in advance to reserve a large table for my family. I was told I could not, unless very single person ordered the Omakase. I could not commit to that given 3 children joining in a party of 9. We had to eat at separate table. And the family that was sat together at the table I had called to reserve did not have any Omakases. I ended up ordering 6 OMakases and spending close to 2K for the two meals. Management offered no explanation---but a rude silence---when confronted with the unfair treatment.

Restaurants should value the business of long-standing costumers and impose policies that are applied across the board. Current management is rude and inconsistent. It makes a difference.

JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sushi of Gari lives up to its name and the creativity that it promises – their omakase course was crafted innovatively and built off of the traditional Japanese sushi experience. Far from simplistic, this $120 Omakase course may not have the best value, but it certainly guarantees a fresh experience that anyone can enjoy.

LG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very fresh sushi and attentive staff. We did feel rushed though. Pricey.

p
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Disappointing. Neither the Gari Special sushi plate or a cucumber maki sushi were fresh. We suspect prepared the day before.

FK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very fresh sushi and nice presented. We didn’t try the Omakase as we weren’t very hungry and didn’t want to spend $120 pp and not fully enjoy it. But a very authentic Japanese experience (having just come back from Japan a couple of weeks ago) even with the tight tables. Sake choices were good.

PT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Ordered the 12 pc. omakase, and several other dishes. Omakase was not very tasty, would have preferred to have plain, better quality fish. Even after ordering several other dishes, still hungry after spending $380 with tip for two people, without any drinks. Absurd! I could have had a better meal at numerous Japanese restaurants for around $100. And they are rude, didn't replace a small glass that fell off the table and broke on the floor even after being asked. And refused to seat us at the Sushi Bar, although not one person was seated there when we walked in.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post wedding dinner

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good food but way over priced

G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, very fresh fishes and a nice atmosphere. Some of the sauces were a it too fancy for my liking but overall I enjoyed it.

SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the sushi , ambiance and service.

AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Go there for the sushi, which remains wonderful after all these years, not for the bright and tight setting.
Was ahead of the curve with signature rolls like tuna with creamy tofu, chopped eel, mackerel and shiso. Omakase is expensive but less so than other similar spots; takeout solid.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super duper expensive but amazing

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A friend who dined there regularly suggested what to order-it was not on the menu. I ordered it and my dinner was delicious. My 3 friends ordered off the menu. Their food was not good. How do you mess up a spicy tuna roll?

OT
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not as good as usual but great Server from Chile

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No i dont hAve time

SY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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
307 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.