Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side

4.6
1027 reviews
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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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.

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.
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SH
New York Area
347 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in NYC

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
15 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
36 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
4 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
18 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
348 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
32 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very innovative sushi and sashimi. Great sake list.

SL
San Francisco
14 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
10 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
32 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
15 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
3 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.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, food was outstanding as usually. Sushi are great at al Gari’s NY locations, but I love this location the most. It’s less noisy and more comfortable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The room smelled of mildew. Got Ill when I left there. Crazy expensive and really not tasty

MW
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi. If you can't afford the omakase I highly recommend the special sushi platter. Best meal I've had in a long time.

DG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We ordered the omakase, which we have had before. It was incredibly delicious, but also interesting, with the chef's little arrangements of creams and herbs and sauces on top of wonderful sushi. We floated home, trying not to think about the bill.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Sushi was delicious and excellent quality. Service was fast and moderately friendly but rushed. Atmosphere is that of a strip mall sushi restaurant but I knew that going in. Omakase was extremely expensive and although delicious was a poor value. If I do return it would be for the regular menu as that is reasonably priced.

CK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,service, atmosphere and ambiance. Recommend to all upper east siders.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation at 7:15 that i confirmed via opentable and phone the day of our reservation. When we showed up, the host claimed that we didn’t have a reservation, accused me of not completing it (I showed her my confirmation and the incoming call from their number), accused me of making it downtown (it was the correct location) and then didn’t seat us and her only offer was that we could have a table for 30 minutes but would have to leave after that amount of time. Meanwhile I got an email from opentable confirming that we had sat down and then a follow up email asking how our experience was. I’ve worked in the hospitality business for years and understand that mistakes and glitches can happen, but this was a completely unacceptable experience and handled incredibly poorly.

2
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our favorite neighborhood sushi restaurant. Quality of food is always consistent and service always attentive. What more can you ask for?

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb ... excellent service, outstanding sushi & tempura! A very popular spot for locals & for travellers who are in the know. I was quickly served and made to feel at home. No rush in finishing my meal and lots of help with the menu. Must make a reservation. Enjoy!

D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and so was the service.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Sushi of Gari! The best in the UES

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