Sushi of Gari

Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
121 Tips and reviews
  • omakase
  • sushi
  • authentic
  • good for dates
  • fish
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  • Anya K.
    I was hesitating,but decided to try their Omakase and it was great! Delicious and each piece was different.Just tell them in advance what fish you don't like and if you have any allergies.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkAugust 13, 2014
    Each sushi piece on the omakase menu has a unique twist and delicious. My fave was the snowcrab topped with uni. You start out wondering if you'll ever be full but we were satisfied after 9 pieces.
  • Jessey W.
    Jessey White-CinisMay 22, 2015
    As someone who grew up next to a sushi bar in LA and has been a connoisseur since 5, I can say that this is by-far the best sushi I've had in NYC. Sit at the bar and order omakase and a nice saké.
  • The Food Sluts
    The Food SlutsAugust 22, 2012
    Awesome sushi and sashimi with a modern twist. One of the best in NY. Order the omakase and be prepared for the chef to send out his finest. We loved the kanpachi with jalapeño sauce. Read more
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.August 2, 2013
    Truly some of the best sushi in New York. Get the omakase and sit back and enjoy. But be warned this is a special occasion meal. If you indulge it may end up costing 4-5 hundred dollars!
    Upvoted 5 hours ago
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BrookeJanuary 12, 2015
    Ask for the iPad to scroll through different sushi pieces. Stick to the sushi pieces if you are a real sushi lover. And get the spicy scallop roll or hand roll.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    The original location of Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio's chainlet is still one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC. Start with an omakase tasting, finish with the tempura-fried ice cream. [Eater 38 Member]
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Aileen C.
    Aileen ChuFebruary 2, 2013
    Best Gari out of the 3 locations. Ask for availability at the sushi bar when making a reservation. Order the omakase if it's your first time to find out which pieces are your favorites.
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KJuly 25, 2011
    Amazing! Chef's choice was always delicious and creative. Make sure to get the salmon sushi with roasted tomato on top... I've never eaten sushi that melts in your mouth before and it was amazing
  • Tim L.
    Tim LuoJune 4
    I had the snobby misconception that sushi should just be fish and sushi rice. gari smashed those expectations. I've never tasted toppings used in such a creative manner without diminishing the fish
    Upvoted Aug 3
  • Su Ann L.
    Su Ann LimJanuary 1, 2015
    Gari is great if you are looking for beautiful sushi beyond classic nigiri. come here for new flavor profiles, little twists, some bubbling novelty in your sushi!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Masatoshi Sugio's fanciful creations continue to draw thrill-seeking Japanophiles to his tiny Upper East Side flagship, where they shell out a hefty sum for a pay-per-piece spot at the L-shaped bar. Read more
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJune 26, 2011
    The Omakase was terrific, 22 pieces of sushi in all, with a foie gras that just melts in your mouth in between, the only thing is that some of the pieces were just different versions of the same fish.
  • L
    LMarch 23, 2013
    Serious one of the best sushi places I've ever been to. Get the omakase - tell them what you don't eat and what you like!
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoApril 7, 2014
    Did you know? Sushi of Gari is one of the only restaurants in the US where you can try out the TOTO Washlet S350e toilet seat (a Japanese bidet). It's true luxury (for your butt).
  • Emily L.
    Emily LDecember 22, 2015
    gotta try the omakase! they excel in garnishing their sushi - pairing salmon & tomato, fluke & salsa, some white fish & salad, and more makes a tasty experience
  • 23, 2015
    The best uni gunkan sushi in New York. Sea urchin is so fresh and sweet. Michelin starred sushi-ya.
  • DeShaun H.
    DeShaun HarrisSeptember 26, 2011
    Omakase - the chef's special - is the only way to go at this high-quality sushi spot. 3 rounds of 4 unique pieces each will definitely surprise and delight.
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoFebruary 1, 2015
    First time having omakase so can't really compare it to anything else. The quail egg one was my favorite though, was a mouthgasmmm 😋
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 31, 2015
    You will not regret spending the pretty penny on their omakase. Uniquely prepared morsels of beauty.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Oysters may be baked in their shells, Goldeneye snapper paired with black truffles. Ask to try fish imported from Japan. – Green Guide Editor
  • Mira E.
    Mira EbmeierJuly 27, 2011
    Order the steamed monkfish liver wirth ponzu sauce as an appetizer and then have the salmon with roasted tomatoes, yellowtail with jalapeno and sea urchin as nigiri.
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    One of the best sushi places in town. Order Uni and the Gari's selection. Just love this place.
  • Gene S.
    Gene SooMay 5, 2013
    Delicious approach to fusion sushi. Go for the omakase. Tell then to stop when u are done. 10 pcs of sushi at around 75 dollars.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 18, 2010
    If you go, sit at the sushi bar and order the omakase. Our favorite pieces are the yellowtail with jalepeno and the tuna with miso.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 9, 2011
    An exquisite raw fish experience with uniquely crafted pieces. Try the tuna with tofu cream, flounder with lotus chip, and the foie gras sushi.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Sure Gari has opened other locations in the city but somehow the quality of his innovative creations is never quite the same as at his baby on the Upper East Side. - Inspector
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    One of my go to sushi spots. Omakase is very unique. Each piece comes with a special garnish or sauce that enhances the fish.
  • Emily P.
    Emily P. 💠October 31, 2013
    Their fried oysters were good! Along with their sake marinated cod and chirashi... Even their green tea ice cream tasted homemade 👘🍱🍣
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3
    Red Snapper W/ Crispy Lotus Root: It’s crunchy, it’s salty, and it looks like it belongs in a damn MoMA exhibit. Read more
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionMarch 16, 2014
    Best sushi in all of NYC, hands down. The special salmon sushi piece with cooked tomato is an absolute must try.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LOctober 31, 2013
    Best sushi I've ever had - do the omakase! If it's available, get the fluke w/ egg and truffle oil. Just wild.
  • Galit A.
    Galit A.February 22, 2012
    Indulge in the superb omakase, but don't forget to leave room for the Lady M Mille Crepe! Few know it is offered here! xo
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YJuly 8, 2013
    Fresh and creative omakase that's worth a try, but just know that for the price you pay, the ambiance is extremely casual and low key
  • Leandro L.
    My absolute favorite sushi place in NYC. The omakase is brilliant. Make sure you get 2 foie gras pieces.
  • Steven R.
    Steven RosenblattSeptember 16, 2012
    Guaranteed one of the best meals of your life if you have the Omikase. Each piece melts in your mouth. Sushi heaven.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJune 12, 2014
    Best sushi of my life. Get the omakase. Pricey but worth it.
  • Erwin C.
    Erwin ChukDecember 8, 2010
    The sushi deluxe/special plate is a satisfying alternative if you're not up for the omakase but still want to sample their inventive nigiri.
  • Vindy R.
    Vindy RamadhaniNovember 6, 2010
    Sure Gari has opened other locations in the city but somehow the quality of his innovative creations is never quite the same as at his baby on the Upper East Side.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 17, 2012
    Some judge a restaurant's quality with the "napkin test," is it folded when you return from the loo? Is there ice in your water? Test sushi places on their spicy tuna roll. Sushi of Gari wins.
  • Fan Loretta B.
    Very authentic sushi with modern twist of creative toppings. The salmon with warm steamed tomato is a life experience
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionNovember 26, 2014
    The spicy scallop hand roll here is amazing. It contains mayo but it's divine. A must try.
  • 23, 2015
    Uni sushi costs normally around $9 a piece. Very fresh and flavorful.
  • Benjamin C.
    The omakase is not to be missed and the best sushi experience in the city.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TobiasAugust 9, 2014
    Tuna assortment was Amazing!! Tomato Salmon might be the best sushi I have ever had!!!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BezverkhaAugust 7, 2013
    Best sashimi special and try the sea urchin sushi, can't find delicacy like that anywhere.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionJuly 19, 2014
    The omakase is spectacular. Get some tamago to round it out!
  • Sage Y.
    Sage YoungbloodSeptember 17, 2013
    Ordering omakase is another level of sushi/sashimi that everyone should experience. 5 rounds, each leaving you more excited for the next. Pictures just don't do it justice.
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongAugust 27, 2011
    Favorite sushi counter in the city. Leave the selection up to the chef and your belly will thank you.
  • Dat H.
    Dat HoangApril 28, 2013
    Ask for omakase. You will have an orgasm in your mouth. Oh, and ask for sake to liberate the entrance.
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