402 E. 78th St., New York, NY, 10021
nr. First Ave.
By truly_sweet on 2/28/2003
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!
By zeecee on 10/21/2003
If it were cheaper, I'd go every night. The Omikase special, which is the thing to order here, is about $70 or $75, and it's sensational. They'll bring you sushi, each piece garnished and sauced individually. You'll swoon. The place could be roomier and more pleasant, but the sushi is top drawer. I can't rave enough.
By ScorpioEL on 2/26/2004
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.
By eatdat on 3/21/2005
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.
By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005
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.
By big_pickle on 11/13/2005
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.
By delish on 1/12/2006
the sushi really is incredible - worth the hefty bill
By chiway on 6/23/2008
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.)
By cyntseng on 7/4/2008
Been here a few times and the food did not disappoint each time. I didn't realize sushi could taste this good! Go for the amazing Tasting menu, very creative! I highly recommend.
By Bassdoc on 10/26/2008
As good as any sushi I've ever had. My guest and I craved a little more after the chef's excellent choices from the tasting menu, so we said "surprise us." Not only were the additional items as good as the others, but the price on the check was a little surprising as well. Still, the service, ambience and quality couldn't be beat.