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About Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue
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.
New York, NY 10024
Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00PM - 2:15PM
Saturday & Sunday:12:00PM - 4:00PM
Tuesday - Friday 5:00PM - 10:45PM
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:45PM.
Between 77th and 78th Streets
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is available.
1,9 trains to W79th Street or B,C to W81st Street.
Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For parties over 4 people or sushi counter seat request, please call the restaurant directly to make the reservation.
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Sushi of Gari - Columbus Avenue Ratings and Reviews
I'm a regular here, as it's the closest good sushi. Salmon of gari is a major hit and a quality sushi dinner without breaking the bank or being too bored with the same ole basic rolls. Omakase is worth a try, especially if you haven't had this style of nigiri. Service is hit or miss and depends on the server, if you need perfect service, pay more and go somewhere else. Ambiance is pretty bare and normal for a sushi bar, but very clean (as you want with raw fish).
I have been to the best sushi places in New York and elsewhere. This ranks right at the top in terms of food. The omakase was extremely well-executed. Yasuda and Morimoto are the only others in NYC that can compare.
Having said that, the reservation process was a complete nightmare. My reservation was for 9:15pm. I was not seated until 10pm. I was continuously told 5 more minutes. I also noticed others being seated before us after giving a "friendly handshake" to one of the hosts. I know it's New York and it's still unfortunately common, but it's a pretty classless thing to do nonetheless. That never seems to happen at other high-end sushi places (outside of Nobu). I rated the service as fair overall because our waiter was fantastic.
Excellent sushi. I would say the best sushi in the city, and I have eaten the best quality sushi in great fish market spots in Japan many times. They season the rice perfectly, use fresh wasabi that they grate themselves, which tastes incredibly delicious (uncomparable to the tubes used in 90% of sushi places in the city) and if you order the chef's omakase, they have the most creative and delicious bites of food you will ever experience. Their seafood is consistantly fresh, and they even have a foie grois sushi which is to die for. I highly recommend this place; you will not be disappointed.. unless once in a while, you go on an odd weeknight, you're a small party, and you don't order a lot of their expensive items..
This is a great restaurant and the food is incredible. I wish the host staff were nicer to deal with, as it consistently detracts from the experience, even though the food is wonderful and the individual wait staff nice. It is hard to arrive at a restaurant and consistently be treated rudely. However, we keep going back, so it's not a reason not to go. Be forewarned.
Gari's food is incredible-the combination of exquisite, unusual, and inspired combinations.
The service was lovely. We ordered the chef's choice, and it's so exciting to see what comes next. It's always artfully presented, and everything we tried was delicious. This oyster dish, served in the shell with a baked crust was one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten. At full capacity, the restaurant is a bit noisy for intimate conversation, but if you wanted to make it a romantic night, you could find a way, (some tables are better than others for this). And, depending on what you order (and esp. with the prices), it is a great special occasion place. It just feels festive.
Gari is always crowded and therefore noisy, and the wait--even with reservations--can be frustrating some times, but dealing with these annoyances is a small price to pay to be able to dine on Gari's sushi. Unmatched by few if any Japanese restaurants in the city, Gari's sushi is superb (and the accompanying fare is also truly outstanding, from appetizers through desserts0. I hope the restaurant's management will consider opening still another location on the upper west side to satisfy the demand!
As most reviewers have recommended, we (2 ppl) ordered the omakase of 8 pieces each. The restaurant has a clean, neat interior, just as a japansese restaurant serving raw foods should be, except I wish the tables weren't so close to one another. While waiting for our omakase, the miso soup and green tea came out. They had the best miso soup I ever ate, with fresh seaweed and soft tofu. The first plate came out, 2 pieces of 4 different, eye-appealing pieces. Then the second plate with different pairs of sushi came out. Overall, all of them were really delicious, but the most memorable two were the tuna with tofu purée and salmon with fresh salmon with sautéed tomato and sweet onion sauce. It was a delicious and exciting experience!
Food was good. As a pure Japanese, New York style sushi is something different to enjoy occasionally. But it is over priced. $115 per person omakase was ok only because I was ready for it. But $7 miso soup?? With its family restaurant style ambiance, if this place were in Tokyo, I would pay $40 per person for sushi and one glass of sake.
I'm Japanese.I pick this place for my b'day lunch.I felt like trying NY style sushi that day.We ordered 'Omakase' which is recommend by lots of reviewers.It was expensive for lunch price though worth to go($85-90).Every piece was seasons in different way.It was fun to taste chef's creative ideas.I like the most was 'salmon w/roast tomato sweet onion sauce'.Taste like italian but match with salmon & sushi rice.Chef give us special dish & staff sang b'day song too.We went with 2 tods,they give us corner sofa seat which was very comfortable.Staff was very attentive,hot green tea served with nice small talk.Except Omakase other sushi was reasonable price.
the omekase is always incredible, but my latest visit was especially amazing - everything was seasoned/sauced/decorated *perfectly*. Every piece was exceptional, the service was incredible & they even had the black sesame mochi (perfect way to end the meal). I love it when I see something new (which is hard b/c I go just about 1/month), especially when it's as delicious as this: tuna belly w/ pureed onion & bonita flakes, served atop a fresh shiso leaf? truly inspired (if you like shiso)!
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