Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side

4.7
1017 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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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.

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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

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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.

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

Great food.

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TM
New York Area
16 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.

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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!!

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SH
New York Area
340 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!!!

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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!

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

Wonderful food but the omakase tasting felt a little rushed.

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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.

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

Very innovative sushi and sashimi. Great sake list.

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SL
San Francisco
12 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.

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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.

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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.

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t
New York Area
31 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.

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OT
New York Area
2 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.

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

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

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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DG
New York Area
19 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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EH
1 review
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!

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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.

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

Loved it! Delicious!

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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. We found their salads to be delicious. We didn’t really care for their signature sushi dishes (cream on tuna and tomato on salmon). I thought sushi pieces were on smaller side. Uni was tasty. Tempura a little overbattered. We decided to try this place before goin to see the Lehman Trilogy.

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DV
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We eat here a lot and do the omakase at the counter. But this nite we were so disappointed we our chef. He wore an executive chef jacket so the other men who knew us and knew what we wanted were powerless to say anything. Food was good but bland. We are use to over the top omakase with so many specialty accouterments. This chef did what most other sushi restaurants do which is mostly just a piece of fish. Anyway so disappointing that we left half way through and gave up. Also we were told only omakase diners could sit at counter only to have the couple sitting next us just five minutes after us ordered ala carte and did not have omakase.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We ordered the omakasse but were not able to sit at the sushi bar. We sat at a nearby table.
I requested 8 pieces and my friend requested the usual 12 pieces in the omakasse order. That was a total of 20 pieces of sushi for about $200. The sushi was beautiful and delicious. Unfortunately, the sushi was brought out 4 pieces at a time. That makes for fast eating and forgetful descriptions of the food. When I sat at the sushi bar at an earlier time, each piece was served one at a time so you can remember what was offered, and the experience was great. When sitting at a nearby table, the sushi was served fast and the description was also fast and difficult to understand. We ate good food but didn’t really know what we were eating. Also ate so fast that it felt like a lump in my stomach even before we finished. The entire meal took less than 30 min. Not a good way to dine or enjoy really expensive food. For that reason, I would not recommend this restaurant u less you sit at the sushi bar.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered Omakase and some of the sushi is not fresh at all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food excellent, space very crowded. Waitress service slow.

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SS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been eating here for about 4 years!!! It’s the best sushi in the city and the most amazing omakase!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente we love the people of Gary and service

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PA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

While the food is extraordinary, no one expects to pay more than $500.00 for a sushi dinner for two. The cost is not worth the overall experience. the ambiance, décor and lighting are subpar making the dining solely about the food, but even then, a $300.00 sushi dinner would be at the outer limit of what you might expect to spend. Will not repeat.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Mediocre food for high prices, very boring atmosphere and experience. Wouldn’t go back

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