Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side

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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s 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.
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FM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous, fresh, beautiful sushi & wonderful cooked items. Gyoza, tempura, Yakitori, miso soup, etc—all perfect. Very small restaurant (so don’t go for the atmosphere) but the staff is friendly and efficient & food top-notch. My favorite Neighborhood Japanese.

T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the Best Japanese Restaurants in NYC. Sushi is perfection

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, best sushi we’ve had in a long time. The seaweed salad was also wonderful!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

average quality

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The restaurant accommodations are very cramped for a high priced place. The sushi was very good,
but Gari's approach is to overwhelm the fish with imaginative sauces, which is not to my taste. (We
had the omakase menu.) The prices are very high, but I would still recommend this place for those who want to try a different kind of sushi.

f
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently amazing. pricey but worth it. we love it

NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With friend

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent omakase!

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Was was really good. Service was ok. Place is very small and cramped. Everything about it is tight. I’m a fairly big guy and I was a bit uncomfortable navigating the place and was really wedged in when I sat down. Overall value was ok.

p
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine food - a cut above most Japanese restaurants. Recommended.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greatest, most unique and original sushi. Sublime. On a busy Saturday night the service was still friendly and efficient.

SH
New York Area
362 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazing sushi. Nice staff. A bit pricey. But really fresh fish.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in NYC

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This might be the worst place for a first date. Zero atmosphere, and everyone is packed in like sardines. Our waiter was the most awkward person I’ve ever met. He brought us an iPad with pictures of sushi rolls that were not on the menu. How am I supposed to pick sushi from a bunch of pictures? So weird! The sushi was not terrible, but nothing special compared to other places in the city. Their sushi rice contains gluten and they do not have any gluten free options. If the top sushi restaurants in NYC don’t use gluten in their sushi rice, it’s not necessary. Would not recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Servicio más o menos. Comida normal.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent. Ambience was non-existent. Hostess was not accommodating. She argued about giving us an open table near the window, and wanted to seat us at one near the restroom, even though the window table was available. Given that this was a special occasion, which had been noted when the reservation was made, and that the table was available, this was unacceptable.

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really very good sushi but fast in and out and very expensive sake choices which not really necessary. Even house sake is $65 per 6oz..Anyway really very good sushi

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omekase was outstanding!

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve been here for both lunch and dinner. Both were fantastic and service was wonderful.

If you’re looking for an intimate, warm setting, you won’t find it here, but if you love real sushi, this is the place for you.

Prices are steep but, again, worth the cost, in my opinion. You won’t go wrong with either the Omakase or sushi special. And you won’t go home hungry!

VT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

acceptable but not the highest quality sushi. limited sushi selection. confused staff, poorly dressed. expensive for what it is. I've been to this place a handful of times, very inconsistent. Patrons are not particularly attractive. Won't be going back.

CJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Not enough air flowing in the back part of the restaurant

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At first, they sat us at a table but when we decided we would like to do Omakase, they gave us two great seats at the sushi bar right away. The service was great and the food was amazing. The sea bass sashimi was our third item and was incredible - it melted in my mouth. Attention to detail and cleanliness were nice things to see.

AA
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

They need a more capable Maitre D
U can tell Gari has retired

FM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress was very friendly, accommodating and efficient. Sushi was fresh and delicious--as was everything we ordered. The pork dumplings were the best I've ever eaten. This was my first experience with this restaurant and I will definitely return.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

TM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

All good, but too many small children. The price point is for serious diners, not for family dining.

KF
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! We came from upstate to the city for the day and decided to give this place a try. We did the Omakase which is basically chefs choice for sushi and sashimi. The yellow tail with jalapeño was to die for. Ending it all with a spicy scallop hand roll. The flavors were unreal. All I can say is I can not wait to go back!!

SH
New York Area
362 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At first I was put off by the strict rules of only two hours at a table. But after being completely wowed by the fresh sushi I understood why people were lining up at the door for a table!
Will definitely go back!!!

AY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only place where I will eat sushi, because it is incredible. Our favorite is the Tuna of Gari platter, but if you want to splurge, the omikase is fabulous. The seating is cozy, but makes for good conversation. The staff is attentive and friendly. This is a wonderful restaurant!

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food but the omakase tasting felt a little rushed.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a mistake and made the reservation for Saturday when I needed Friday, and it was a special occasion. I didn’t realize it until late Thursday night. I called on Friday and the reservation person was so nice and called back mid afternoon and said there had been a cancellation and we could come. She was really kind.
The sushi is always great, the service terrific.

E
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very innovative sushi and sashimi. Great sake list.

SL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we had umami sushi combinations. Not only were they visually appealing but the tastes were superb. The traditional sushi was also very good and we rated it as high as our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. They also offer choices for sake and beer we have not seen or had before (the Kagua converted my wife to liking beer). It is more on the expensive end but we felt it was worth the experience.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Place is way overrated. Food just ok...ambiance/decor horrendous. Service rushed.

J
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took the Omakase menu (as the chef wants...) and the sushis were delicious and innovative.
The appetizers were less good ( aubergine, cod liver). The veggie tempura was OK and the nato served in a sushi roll was very interesting. Good choice of cold sake (junmai-ginjo) by the waiter.
Overall, not cheap but very interesting. We will come back.

t
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unless you order the Omakase or sushi ala carte your fish will be lackluster. At 45.00 for a sushi deluxe the options were ho hum and disappointing.

LM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Hadn’t been to Omakase at the original location in some time. $600 later I wouldn’t rush back. Meal was very expensive and the pieces were to contrived even for sushi of Gari.
When they started it was a unique concept in the city, now there are so many other options, that I would be hard pressed to rush back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi and service are great!!! I wish that there were specialty rolls on the menu or something. To me, that would validate the price a little bit more.

RA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is hands down the best source of Sushi in the UES.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi of Gari is fabulous----probably the most creative sushi in NYC.
The staff is very knowledgable and professional. Given the small size
of the restaurant, the room is quiet. Expensive but worth it.

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