Sushi of Gari

Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • Anya
    AnyaMay 17, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • Tim L.
    Tim LuoJune 4, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Aileen C.
    Aileen ChuFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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).
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best uni gunkan sushi in New York. Sea urchin is so fresh and sweet. Michelin starred sushi-ya.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 😋
  • 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.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 31, 2015
    You will not regret spending the pretty penny on their omakase. Uniquely prepared morsels of beauty.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TobiasAugust 9, 2014
    Tuna assortment was Amazing!! Tomato Salmon might be the best sushi I have ever had!!!
  • 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.
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    One of the best sushi places in town. Order Uni and the Gari's selection. Just love this place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    Their fried oysters were good! Along with their sake marinated cod and chirashi... Even their green tea ice cream tasted homemade 👘🍱🍣
  • 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
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best sushi in all of NYC, hands down. The special salmon sushi piece with cooked tomato is an absolute must try.
  • 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
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Ivan G.
    Ivan GrechkivskySeptember 24, 2016
    Amazing sushi. And make sure to try the spicy scallop hand roll :)
  • Steven R.
    Steven RosenblattSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Guaranteed one of the best meals of your life if you have the Omikase. Each piece melts in your mouth. Sushi heaven.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    My absolute favorite sushi place in NYC. The omakase is brilliant. Make sure you get 2 foie gras pieces.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJune 12, 2014
    Best sushi of my life. Get the omakase. Pricey but worth it.
  • 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
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The spicy scallop hand roll here is amazing. It contains mayo but it's divine. A must try.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Uni sushi costs normally around $9 a piece. Very fresh and flavorful.
  • 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
    Been here 10+ times
    The omakase is spectacular. Get some tamago to round it out!
  • Fan Loretta B.
    Fan Loretta BuMarch 27, 2016
    Very authentic sushi with modern twist of creative toppings. The salmon with warm steamed tomato is a life experience
  • 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.
  • Mafe S.
    Absolutely amazing! The sushi was so fresh. I will definitely do the omakase next time
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CoatsJuly 5, 2016
    The omakase is not to be missed and the best sushi experience in the city.
  • Ryan G.
    Killer sushi. Tons of great pieces. Ask for the iPad to order from.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerApril 25, 2014
    When the waiter asks you if you've had enough omakase or have room for more, you know what to reply.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great portion and quality chirashi sushi.
  • 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.
  • DR G.
    DR GAugust 21, 2015
    Had some of the best meals of my life here. Omikase is worth it.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.August 8, 2014
    Omakase is amazing!!! However be warned, prices are as well.
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupOctober 13, 2011
    All I can say is YUM - order the Omakase! The chef really knows what he's doing!
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Gari san was 49th sumo champion in Japan, the tea mug says.
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanAugust 22, 2013
    Best overpriced sushi I've had in the city (overpriced comparators being ushiwakamaru and nobu)
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BezverkhaAugust 22, 2014
    Best sushi on UES. No, arguably best sushi in Manhattan. 🍶🍣
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJanuary 12, 2011
    Order the omakase and let the chef choose the best fish of the day. Their uni is divine.
  • AJ S.
    AJ SJuly 11, 2013
    Hands down the best sushi I've ever had. Order the Omakase!!!!
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PalomaresMay 5, 2012
    The The Omakase is out of this world but will set you back big buck.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 20, 2010
    You must get the omakase. Will change your life. Also, try the crepe mille feuille for dessert. It's awesome.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 30, 2011
    get the omakase, period. The crepe mille feuille for dessert is good too!
  • 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.
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin BiskupOctober 2, 2013
    The tuna is so fatty and delicious, don't miss out on trying some
  • Thais T.
    Thais TavaresOctober 14, 2013
    Great omakase! One of the best in the city!
  • Narain
    NarainApril 17, 2016
    If you're adventurous, the omakase is a must.
  • Bruna F.
    Bruna FontevecchiaAugust 2, 2013
    You have to try the Omakase!
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikOctober 12, 2011
    Get a reservation in advance for omakase at the sushi bar.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Amazing. Tuna of gari was BEYOND!!!! Highly recommend.
  • Dyanna L.
    Dyanna LeeApril 25, 2011
    Great food but always book a reservation the actual size of the place is really small. I wouldn't recommend for large parties.
  • Joe P.
    Joe ParkSeptember 7, 2013
    Tuna of Gari and the uni are a must.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Master take on sushi with a modern twist
  • Eyal G.
    Eyal GoldwergerNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Omakase in NYC
  • Andreas C.
    Andreas CohenAugust 21, 2016
    This place has more rules than the stock exchange with customer wishes not on their radar. Unpleasant vibe & experience
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyJanuary 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for broke and get the omakase
  • Peter O.
    Peter OlsonJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the omakase. It's not the place to go and order a california roll. But make sure you get the barbecued otoro.
  • Anya
    AnyaNovember 20, 2016
    😃Follow us on Instagram nyc_adventureaddicts for more tips 😉👌🏻
  • Tanya
    TanyaJanuary 18, 2014
    Do the omakase. It will change your life.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Takashi Inoue, chef of Takashi, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Salmon w/ tomato sushi. Read more
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MitchellMarch 5, 2012
    No need to go w the omasake. Get the Tuna of Gari!
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KSeptember 7, 2011
    Get the Sushi Deluxe and don't use soy sauce!!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥September 10, 2014
    Mortgage the house and order the omakase!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BJanuary 20, 2013
    omakase. that is all.
  • Anya
    AnyaNovember 19, 2016
    Follow us on Instagram @ nyc_adventureaddicts for more tips 😉👌🏻
  • Shirlene L.
    Shirlene LimFebruary 5, 2012
    Order the Omakase! Our photo review of our meal here: http://su.pr/4KdUk1
  • Jeanne M.
    Jeanne MeisterOctober 6, 2015
    Best Sushi on Upper East Side on NYC
  • Georgios H.
    Georgios HadjistylianouFebruary 8, 2012
    Great place so under the radar at least 4 years ago.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyFebruary 25, 2015
    I think I saw god like five times tonight. Go omakase.
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeJuly 10, 2013
    Money sushi.. No sauce required!
  • Christina W.
    Christina WJanuary 13
    Mediocre fish slathered with sauce and/or mayo parading as high quality inventive sushi.
  • Es L.
    Es LeyJune 19
    humble place, inventive sushi
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunOctober 27, 2011
    Hot sake & omakase. Delicious win.
  • Umut C.
    Umut CesmeciOctober 1, 2014
    delicious and easy sushi recipes www.japonmutfagi.com
  • Glory K.
    Glory KadiganMay 29, 2011
    Chef's selection. Its worth the Money!
  • Howard
    HowardApril 2, 2016
    Omakase is legit
  • Somchai R.
    Somchai RojanaAugust 31, 2013
    The Best Japanese Restaurant in NY
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra L.April 18, 2011
    Get the Omakase. You won't regret it!
  • el x.
    el xaviJuly 22, 2012
    Probablemente el mejor restaurante de sushi en el q he comido fuera de Japón
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