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Gari

370 Columbus Ave., New York, NY, 10024
nr. 77th St.
212-362-4816

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6
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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63% would go back.

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HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT

By Mammamia12 on 6/5/2013

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Sushi of Gari was my favorite restaurant for years. Went last week. They changed the way that they make all of the omakase sushi pieces. They used to be amazing. Out of 10 pieces, one was still amazing, two were good, the rest were so-so. My former favorite was actually sort of gross (cold pureed eel on avocado versus hot chopped eel/avocado mixture, which was sublime). I hear that they were sold and there is a new owner, but who knows why they destroyed such a great thing.

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22 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Doesn't have to break the bank

By sadowsky on 9/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

I go to Gari a few times a month. First of all, contrary to the review, all the cooked dishes and salads are wonderful and reasonably priced. The best bang for the buck for sushi is the menu Sushi Deluxe for $34.00. A more traditional presentation than Gari's omakase, but the fish and the value is amazing. You must make a reservation....even if it is 15 minutes ahead of time!

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39 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

awful

By shelleysuh on 1/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I made a reservation, got a sitter, taxi'ed up there to wait 30 minute and still stand in the entry way. They should not give reservations if they dont seat people on time. Complete waste of time and energy. The manager decided to seat a party of 6 that was 20 minutes late ahead of all the other reservations. All they said to us was "we will seat your shortly" Poor decision and will NEVER go back.

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42 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Sushi

By cbaran21 on 6/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

You should go for the Fresh Salmon with sauteed tomato sweet onion sauce - it's worth it for that alone! Forget the tasting menu (we didn't the first time, and it's ridiculously expensive) go straight for the sushi/sashimi. The quality of fish is superb and the meal will be one that you will not forget any time soon.

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77 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

buttery sashimi

By shawly on 1/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sure, it's expensive, but the fish is velvet. Chirashi was surprisingly plentiful (salmon roe, yellowtail, and seared salmon were particularly excellent). Friend had chef's sushi assortment which was probably an even better call -- each bite was a well-designed taste. Who would ever put almonds on raw tuna? And it was seamless. Wines were surprisingly lame, and service was a bit oblivious, but overall a pillar of uws cuisine.

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135 out of 295 people found this review helpful.

Best sushi in town

By puffmommy on 5/21/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

This restaurant would be on my once a week list if I could afford it. That said, once a month it will be. Begin w/the braised short ribs -- they are delicious. Then sushi -- get the chef's specials: Tuna w/tofu sauce, Salmon w/grilled tomato, Yellowtail w/jalipeno, Eel w/avocado, "Salad" Sushi -- everything melts in your mouth. I highly reccomend their desserts as well. You will not be disappointed -- unless they turn you away because you haven't made a reservation. Enjoy.

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256 out of 652 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Sushi

By MrSweet on 3/30/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The sushi was excellent. If your wallet can handle it, eat at the sushi bar and allow the chef to prepare for you what is fresh and recommended. Service was fine, if unremarkable, and the previous reviewer complaining sounds a bit cranky. The problem may have been that much of the staff are Japanese speakers and English is a second language.

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379 out of 785 people found this review helpful.

Terrible service

By SoniaP on 3/28/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We waited 3 weeks after they opened thinking the service, kitchen etc would have time to settle in but it made no difference. We had to almost beg to order and no one could explain any of the meals on the menu!!

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312 out of 646 people found this review helpful.

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