Sushi of Gari

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83 Very Good

The flagship of the Gari empire still serves original sushi experiments on a leafy stretch of East 78th Street.

402 E. 78th St., New York, NY, 10021


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The great Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio runs a large, unruly, somewhat uneven chain of high-end sushi joints around the city these days, but if you want to experience the vivid, high-wire creations that made him famous, this original, snug little flagship restaurant, which opened back in 1997 on a leafy, unobtrusive stretch of 78th Street near First Avenue, is the place to do it. As usual, the best seats in the house are at the bar, which fits only ten and tends to be filled with devoted regulars. Call well in advance for your spot, or show up early, like we do, and beg.

Adam Platt

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DrinksSake/Soju, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized