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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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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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337 out of 651 people found this review helpful.

Best sushi in NYC

By zeecee on 10/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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302 out of 603 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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351 out of 732 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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377 out of 849 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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339 out of 758 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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382 out of 831 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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395 out of 824 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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129 out of 236 people found this review helpful.

Excellent!

By cyntseng on 7/4/2008

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

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.

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98 out of 189 people found this review helpful.

Great Sushi - Price High

By Bassdoc on 10/26/2008

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

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.

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