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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.

370 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00PM - 2:15PM
Saturday & Sunday:12:00PM - 4:00PM

Dinner:
Tuesday - Friday 5:00PM - 10:45PM
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:45PM.

Monday Closed

Cross Street:
Between 77th and 78th Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 362-4816

Website:
http://www.sushiofgari.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available.

Public Transit:
1,9 trains to W79th Street or B,C to W81st Street.

Executive Chef:
TAKATSUGU KISHIKAWA

Additional:
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

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4.7

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4.5

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3.9

value

3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 13, 2012

Best sushi in the city, hands down. Always do the omakase... you won't be disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2012

Always the most delicious sushi in town!

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 (London)·Dined on April 8, 2012

Fantastic sushi meal, and remarkable discoveries
We loved it.
not inexpensive but clearly an amazing value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2012

Fresh fish, good ingredients and combinations for sushi. Some new flavors. Expensive in general.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Excellent Japanese food, excellent wine list, excellent service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2012

Excellent sushi but priced excessively compared to other high end sushi restaurants.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2012

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).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Possibly the best omakase (chef's tasing menu) in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Best sushi we have had in NYC. Brought back memories of Tokyo fish market. Outstanding service too

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 16, 2012

Great food but loud wih tables close together. Hard to hear people

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2012

My favorite sushi spot in all of Manhattan - no one does sushi like Gari!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2012

superb sushi with incredible combinations of ingredients

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2012

Definitely one of THE best Japanese restaurants in Manhattan!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Gari is FANTASTIC! If you haven't been, you should go. I have been several times with my fiance and we are NEVER disappointed. Its on the pricey side, but I promise you its worth it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2012

Good food, but we were rushed to order and given our check immediately so it was not a relaxed evening, even though it was a weekday.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2012

The omakase is definitely the way to go! We were excited to see and taste each plate . . . The food and service was excellent! Our 9 year old son enjoyed the a la carte dishes as well! We will be going back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2012

if you want a great sushi , this is the place to go. After Gari, the neighborhood sushi neighborhood is less than appealing. the noise level is pretty high. the atmosphere not so romantic but the food is really good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2012

I have never had anything but excellent food at Gari. I look forward to returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2012

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2012

Ordered omakase lunch for four people, food is not bad. The problem is $150 per head for lunch with the standard of ingredient is not worth the experience, I like the taste and style of food, but I would go to Nobu or other choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2012

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..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2012

Excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2012

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2012

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2012

Get the tuna tofu roll (gari style) and the salmon roll gari style with roasted tomato

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2012

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2012

Had omakase lunch- outstanding as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2012

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2012

The Omakase was excellent, but very expensive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2012

The sushi is just outstanding, creative, fresh and delicious. The servers are warm and friendly, the ambiance on the UWS much nicer than either the original on UES or the Theater District - although the food is consistently great at all three locations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2012

There is sushi and there is Gari sushi. Gari its a way to re-discover how good sushi can be. We are an UWS family with two small kids and usually go at 5.30pm and have always been pleased with the service and how friendly they are.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2011

Fantastic sushi-particularly the omakase

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2011

Exquisite if extremely expensive sushi and sashimi. Unlike other meals in the omekase price range, you can spend $100-150 per person in an hour here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2011

This is just the best sushi around... Incredibly inventive, fresh and presented beautifully. Way beyond traditional sushi but a creative fusion of the best ingredients. Go of the omamkase...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2011

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2011

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2011

Excellent food, from start to finish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2011

Gari's sushi is unique, delicious and very expensive. The service is pretty attentive but the decor is simple (which is fine) but now looks a bit tired.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2011

The best Japanese food anywhere! Very unique sushi items. Go for the Omakase!

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