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Posted by Liz K on 06/20/2013
The original Gajyumaru has closed; the new owners have kept the old decor. Unfortunately, they have changed the menu. The authenticity and carefully prepared dishes of the old Gajyumaru are gone. The new owners have created a mediocre menu. Loyal fans of Gajyumaru will be be disappointed.
Posted by home-cooked sushi on 06/14/2013
I found a sushi restaurant almost a decade ago that was delicate, fulfilling, and very tasty. That place was Gajyumaru. This past weekend I found that the same gem has been replaced by a lookalike that can only be described as a faster food version of the original Gaj. Unfortunately the effort to create or keep the purity of the original has been lost. Can it be rescued? I hope so but I will not be ordering $60 sushi for the perfect packaging and lack of taste and finesse. It's a shame. I will give it a shot again this winter when my taste buds crave beef sukiyaki to temper the cold. But hopefully this time they do not put uncooked spinach, fake crab, and smashed mushrooms. And I hope to once have the agedashi tofu that was once so delicately fried but now substituted with undercooked and crudely packaged slop.
Posted by duchesse2k on 08/06/2012
Unbelievably delicious, pure, home style Japanese that is truly a rare gem. In a classic Japanese restaurant great sushi is only the tip of the iceberg - one element in a continuum of treasures. The crab shumai are like air with a fantastically spicy mustard or a dashi dipping sauce. The sake tataki is the most perfect tataki grilled salmon - again with classic perfect condiments. They have a home-made tofu thats yogurt like in texture with all kinds of flavors to pair it with. My all time favorite: a dashi marinated eggplant that is TO DIE FOR! Their wayfu beef burger is puts a whole new spin on how the Japanese do beef. We love their pork tonkatsu curry even tho the Japanese aren't famous for curry. The reason their handrolls are so excellent is they seal one end with seawood and sprinkle the inside with a toasted rice that yields a nutty crunch. The seaweed salad is really authentic as is the oshi-tashi spinach. We save the buckwheat noodles with a delicious dashi broth and mixed tempura - its the best in NY. Now the atmosphere - again is old school Japanese with bad lighting, white ceramic cats with rosy cheeks and the walls are mint green. The bench seating isn't comfortable and the service is totally uneven. The phone answerer is very curt and doesn't feel the need for pleasantries, including a thank you or goodbye - but you don't go for the pandering - you go for the food and it is fabulous. And bizarrely, they are closed on Mondays
Posted by Ttiltles on 02/28/2012
Great food fast delivery. Best sushi on upper east
Posted by L on 08/18/2011
The setting is lack luster, but don't let the atmosphere fool you.. This sushi spot is authentic. The fish is not served cold.. And rolls are abundant with rice (for some this isn't optimal, but for me it is a sign of true japanese sushi making) i'm sure you could suggest less rice if preferred. There are no chef special rolls, and brown rice isn't an option. But fear not, the rolls are fresh and simply tasteful. The wine is sub-par, like most genuine sushi restaurants.. And the service is good, not excellent. classic jazz piano plays in the background. overall I would say this is a reliable spot for satisfying the sushi craving that brings you to this website.
Posted by Lazy, Take-out Orderer on 08/05/2010
I just ordered food from here at around 10pm and it came in like twenty minutes, (I do live within a couple blocks). Maybe some other reviewers caught them at a busy time? Anyway the girl on the phone understood me just fine, was polite and got my order right. Food was good, no complaints.
Posted by ahops3 on 05/26/2010
The sushi here is relatively good, however the service is shockingly poor. Whether it's in house or delivery, the servers are incredibly rude, slow and apathetic. Delivery from this establishment is out of the question unless you don't mind the food arriving an hour or two late. Oh, and if you cancel the order, they will still charge you and refuse to credit the account. After several incidents with this restaurant, I will never return.