Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side

4.6
952 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Welcome to Sushi of Gari! This restaurant is the original restaurant specializing in the wonderful taste of Gari Signature Sushi by Masatoshi GARI Sugio. This restaurant is rather a small establishment, but we offer an amazing Sushi as well as many traditional Japanese dishes. In addition to many very fresh authentic Japanese Sushi, let us surprise you by Gari's originality: some area slightly cooked, or marinated, and served with a variety of home-made sauces or other delicacies which enhance the daily marketfs freshest seafood, many of which are from Japan especially for Sushi of Gari.

Please note: Sushi Bar reservation is not available online. Please contact the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
From September 5 2018, we will open for lunch.
Lunch hours are 12:00 pm–2:15 pm

Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
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Phone number
(212) 517-5340
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
MASASHI AOKI
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Catering
We do offer catering services for various settings. Please kindly inquire at catering@sushiofgari.com for more detail.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
B/W 1st Ave. & York Ave.
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Public transit
Subway #6 train @ 77th Street
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Sushi of Gari serves some of the best sushi on the Upper East Side.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 952 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to Sushi of Gari last Sunday night with my two teenage children. We had made a reservation and we were seated right away. The restaurant is small but the noise level was okay. The service was good, our food came out fairly quickly despite the restaurant being full. The sushi was focused on the seafood, not a lot of add-ons. We got edamame, tempura squash, and pork gyoza to start. Dinner was shrimp tempura roll, squid roll, tuna roll, and crab/avocado roll. The rolls were not large but with the appetizers, we had enough food.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent.
Sushi Gari is still one of the best sushi places in town.
Food is amazing.

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W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Sushi of Gari never disappoints! Excellent sushi, sublime, top grade, creative plates- perfection!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Place is cramped in this location but food is so good i dont mind

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always terrific and so is the service.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic. Great food. Space is a bit cramped. Worth a visit.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good but I must say I have NEVER been rushed out of a restaurant one hour in. It is not like we were sitting there not eating or drinking. We ate numerous pieces of sashimi, had3 glasses of wine each and the waitress kept coming over forcing us out. I understand turning tables over but this was just so inappropriate and uncomfortable I will never return. The bill was $250 so it’s not like we were cheap sitting there wasting their time. There are plenty of restaurants that offer sushi that is on the same caliber and allow you to enjoy your experience instead of rushing you out after 60 minutes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately we had a bad waiter who brought e Ety thing wrong.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Spectacular (but not inexpensive) Omakase. Will go back

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UP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi of Gari is always a standout and a treat! I savor every bite!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is really special and surprisingly. The best japonese food in NYC in my opinion.

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W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Resting on their laurels. Food was very good. Service was awful. Room could use some improvement, too.

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

have never had a bad meal. will keep going back.
love it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Quality of ingredients was very lame

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Japanese food. Not your average sushi place Excellent service great atmosphere

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SV
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

De mis restaurantes favoritos en NYC.

Omakase al excelente gusto del chef. Cada nigiri es mejor que el anterior. Los sabores explotan en boca!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The yummiest omakaze ever

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beat sushi I’ve ever had and extremely attentive and friendly service.

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PJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great choices for myself, a vegetarian, and my husband enjoyed the sashimi and said it was really fresh. Ambiance was ok, a little too loud and bright for my taste but service was friendly and attentive and overall the meal was enjoyable.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is always fresh and delicious! The service is excellent. I love Sushi Gary!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish! Creative dishes .
Friendly and perfect service .

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B
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Average sushi. Thst is all. We expected great sushi, but have had better even at buffets.

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the omakase option which was super delicious and fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gari is my favorite place!

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B
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

Gonna be honest here. Was very excited for this. Took my girl friend for her birthday and ordered the famous Omasake. There were screaming children. We were crammed away in a small hallway on the side of the restaurant. It was impossible to fully understand what the wait staff was saying which was fine... UNTIL. The waiter made it clear the dish was Market Price, and stated it should be between $100-130 each. Ended up coming to $351. The food was great, but not worth that much. I’ve had a knot in a stomach and bank account since.

Buyer beware the foods unreal, but unless it’s on a corporate account stay far away from anything “market price” on this menu. I’d bet traditional sushi here is great though.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

we sat at the bar and decided we don’t want to do omakase since we already know our favorite pieces. First we were told Hokkaido uni is for omakase only which is fine but then i asked for ginger and they brought us old stale ginger from the back. People sitting next to us were served fresh yellow color ginger like it’s supposed to be, so i asked for ginger again they again brought us same old brown ginger. we asked why are we being served this ginger and we’re told it’s for omakase only. We ordered more pieces than people with omakase next to us and our bill was twice as much but we got old ginger. This is beyond ridiculous!!! We’re paying same money as other people why can’t we get fresh ginger?!?? I’m never coming back here again. Also quality of the fish changed drastically, wasn’t fresh like it used to be.

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LC
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Too expensive.
The restaurant urgently needs a makeover, looks rundown
The food is good but not worth the price

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k
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The omakase was a decent value at $130 or so for 12 pieces of nigiri and a couple of amuse bouche, but only a few of the pieces truly stood out in terms of freshness or inventiveness.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Had the tuna sushi special. Been a staple of Gari’s for years. Just not as good as before. Still great though and unmatched on ues

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RK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Sushi were too dry and left a dry feeling in the mouth.

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TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed a sushi tasting with a sake tasting. The sushi was creative and very fresh as usual. The sake was exquisite. We felt like we took a trip to Japan.

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SF
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The fish was of a very high quality. The seasonal special pieces were fantastic. Service was excellent. Glad we were seated in the back area the restaurant is extremely small and a little claustrophobic but the sushi was on par with some of the best we have had and we have had a lot of sushi at some of the most notable sushi restaurants in New York, Vegas and have eaten yellowtail and bluefin Sushi literally right off of the boat. Great little sushi spot.

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EB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first omakase experience, and what a way to start. The fish itself was of remarkable quality, the preparation added fabulous flavors, and everything was served at the perfect temperature. Can not wait to dine again.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Great menu and variety. Highly recommend!

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The fusion-style sushi is OK and fun, but WAY too overpriced for "creativity." I've been to the top sushi restaurants around the world, and the price is quite alarming for what you get. All in all a good experience, but over-hyped

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

It is not worth nearly the $ they charge! All the stories that they give trying to justify the price do not and can not do it. Live in the city most of my life and have seen many many more better places for half the price. Felt more like a scam!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi. We opted out of the tasting but still enjoyed the sake, sushi and rolls

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not as good as it used to be. Prices are higher than before, but quality has gone down a little.

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H
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lucky we got in on such short notice Sushi of Gari offers Amazing and creative sushi

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh , delicious, never lets you down

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