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Sushi of Gari

402 E. 78th St., New York, NY, 10021
nr. First Ave.
212-517-5340

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8
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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71% would go back.

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ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!

By LeAnne on 11/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 0
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  • No, I would not go back!

I will never, ever, set foot in this restaurant. The manager on the phone was so incredibly rude that I will never, ever, eat here. There are too many excellent sushi restaurants in this city for me to waste my time someplace where they don't respect their customers. The manager was incredibly disrespectful and rude. **--I am adding to this review because I just spoke with the manager at Sushi of Gari on the UES -- he was very apologetic and respectful when I complained about the manager at Sushi of Gari 46. Even though the experience is ruined for me and I will probably still not eat at Sushi of Gari 46 due to the manager being so rude, it should be mentioned that the Manager at the UES location was polite.**

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92 out of 203 people found this review helpful.

ATROCIOUS SERVICE - NO EXCUSES

By beautyseeker25 on 11/4/2008

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

I had a very very bad experience with Sushi of Gari. I ordered food from them twice and never will again. I tried to give them the benefit of doubt after my first horrible experience (I was screamed at on the phone by the manager and lied to about my delivery and then hung up on twice). The second time the manager called me to try to convince me to literally cancel my order. I told him I wanted my food since I had paid for it already through my SeamlessWeb account and he aggressively started yelling at me, telling me that his delivery person had too many packages to deliver. This was shockingly bad service. I had a simple request - order some sushi for delivery. Both times this mundane service turned into a nightmarish procedure that sucked up way too much time and energy. For such an innovative and fine restaurant, I would rank their service below that of the cheap Chinese restaurant around the corner. Shameful.

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87 out of 191 people found this review helpful.

Creative bites

By eatdat on 3/21/2005

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

Liked the creative bites of Chef Gari. Every bite had a burst of surprising tastes and texture. The chef's choice menu is worth a try.

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358 out of 810 people found this review helpful.

tongue buzz overstated

By big_pickle on 11/13/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Based on reviews I was expecting really interesting and varied dishes. I think I expected too much. What I consider good fish is raw fish; you can grill almost any quality of fish but you can only serve the freshest raw ones. Therefore I was disappointed to receive tuna, toro, salmon with skin, a type of oyster, yellowtail all grilled/BBQed. Although they were delicious, it was repetitive and hid the quality of the fish. The omakase fish variety was small. I received mackerel twice. I don't consider mackerel high on the fish hierarchy. The worst item of my $100 omakase was the spicy tuna handroll. Nevermind that a spicy tuna handroll can be found in the cheapest of sushi joints in the suburbs; the nori it was wrapped in had completely lost its crispness and reminded me of what I could expect to find in the cheapest of sushi joints. No usage of natto, pickles, rice wine, tofu, mushrooms, fruits, land animals, or interesting shellfish. The occassional tiny squirts of sauces are mostly forgettable. Although most of the items were good, creativity was not much better than ordinary except at a much higher price for exclusivity's sake. The decor is sterile.

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369 out of 801 people found this review helpful.

Great sushi, but too cramped.

By truly_sweet on 2/28/2003

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

Gari is a master of the art of sushi. Ask for Omekase (chef's choice) and you will not be disappointed. Fresh fish and nicely sized pieces. The only complaint: the space is FAR too small. Very cramped, noisy and uncomfortable. Plus the clientele is your typical U.E. Side brat - so the place is jam-packed with SNOBS!

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330 out of 638 people found this review helpful.

Not for the timid!

By ScorpioEL on 2/26/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sushi of Gari epitomizes the idea that sushi is a form of [food] art. The chef’s choice – the thing to get, are pieces of sushi (usually 8-10 pieces) and a roll that the chef creates for you, depending on how much specify you want to spend ($50 minimum/person and up). Although the chef’s choice is pricey, it’s more of an experience than just a good sushi meal because each piece is carefully created as a tasting experience. It’s definitely recommended to make a reservation on the weekends, since it’s difficult walk-in and get a table. Although the wait staff is not personable, the service is more efficient-like. If you don’t want to spend $50/more for the chief’s choice, I would recommend getting a bunch of rolls (i.e. yellowtail & scallion, spicy shrimp tempura, fried oyster roll) because they have the best rolls in NY.

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343 out of 718 people found this review helpful.

Just around the corner

By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005

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

I was taken here by a date, and figured it was his 'around-the-corner' place. I was wrong. Completely and utterly. The sashimi was quality, each cut meticulous, precise. Each dish-- masterful. Eating here reminded me of Japanese restaurants in Asia. Authentic, simple, yet powerful, and completely satisfying.

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319 out of 718 people found this review helpful.

sushi seduction

By delish on 1/12/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 3
  • Yes, I would go back!

the sushi really is incredible - worth the hefty bill

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377 out of 791 people found this review helpful.

You'll Either Love It or Hate It - I Suggest You Take the Risk

By chiway on 6/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Traditionalist sushi snobs typically consider Chef Gari's innovations to be culinary mutilation. They take offense to the way he alters the taste and textural integrity of fine raw fish with his cooking technique. To them, sushi should be prepared and consumed in its purest form, Edomae style (Old Tokyo). As a sushi lover who also appreciates fine traditional sushi, I understand where they're coming from, but I still can't help but to love Gari's stuff. It's fun, it's different, and although pricey, I really don't mind splurging on stuff that just tastes so good to me. Go, try it, and make up your own mind about it. (I must note that it's only worth it if you sit at the sushi bar and get served omakase direct from a chef.)

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103 out of 191 people found this review helpful.

Sushi of Gari 46

By restaurantfairy on 10/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sushi of Gari is the abode of celestial sushi! Chef Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio in his brilliant creations has redefined sushi completely. Gari set out to educate Americans on how to truly enjoy the delicate flavors of sushi without dousing it in globs of wasabi and soy sauce. In doing so, he has masterfully paired the finest fish with the most innovative toppings and sauces.  So, when the sushi is presented to you at Sushi of Gari, it is complete in itself and requires no additional flavoring to be added. If you are looking for an other worldly experience at Gari, then don’t try any of the “regular” items on the menu. Skip the appetizers and go for the gold. All the food is really good at Gari but the thing to really have is the “Sushi Special“ or the “Omakase“ ( chef’s choice). Be prepared to spend spend spend but for food this good – who needs to save for college anyway!! For pictures and more food details click on this link: http://therestaurantfairy.com/2010/02/08/sushi-of-gari-46/

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