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Posted by Zach Stern on 07/13/2009
My wife and I were excited to try this place but we had a miserable experience. There was no hostess in sight when we arrived and when one appeared she was abrupt and unfriendly. The servers seem to be unfamiliar with basic requests- all our food arrived at once, even though we ordered drinks and appetizers separately- and a bill appeared at our table before we finished our last course, despite the restaurant being half empty. The final straw was being charged for a dish we never ordered. The food was adequate but extremely small portions and overpriced. We won't be returning and really cannot recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Epson Portifoy on 01/09/2009
A very small but cozy restaurant on a busy, shopping street. So-so service, (I asked for my order for beer to be replaced with sake and was served both) Most restaurants present or offer saki while you wait for your order, mine arrived with the first appetizer, perfectly fried oysters served on a bed of freshh lettuce. The second appetizer was a disaster, huge balls of fried chicken that were as brakish as dried kelp. The Sushi delux was rather a small selection of the usual and the additional Oni sushi were of the commercial variety, rather then fresh. One can get better, in the area.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2008
Gajyumaru is a phenomenal little neighborhood restaurant on the upper east side. The food was truly authentic and reasonably priced, and the service cannot be compared to that at any other restaurant in Manhattan. The waitresses are consistently very sweet and efficient: we always go there when we are in a hurry and are always out within half-an-hour at most. The sushi just melts in your mouth it's so fresh. This is a must for residents of the upper east side you will never get your sushi from anywhere else again!
Posted by P Lee on 02/12/2008
I've been going to Gajyumaru for the past 2-3 years on a weekly basis. I tried basically everything on their menu and have never got tired of it. They have by far the absolute best cooked Japanese food anywhere I tried in the world. Their sushi is very fresh, although it seems the quality of their sushi slightly went down since they first opened. Omakase sushi is amazing, especially on fridays when their fish is especially fresh. Incredible appetizers: chicken nanban, pork belly (bhutan), home made tofu but cold appetizers can be a bit risky such as squid. Excellent cooked food, Oyakadon, Udon, Bento box, etc. Best of all, their lunch menu on the weekends is absolue bargain highly recommend ramen, chirashi (shame they no longer of sushi for lunch).
Posted by D Gomez on 12/14/2007
No teriyaki boy in here, just high quality sushi that doesn't kill the P.A. Dining is a bit tight but service is great. Lunch is a great time to enjoy the food as few people crowd the tables. Delivery is great. Try the roll combinations and a donburi set and get some free edamame to boot. Although not as good as sitting down the food is delivered fast and in great containers. By far best sushi north of 86th.
Posted by UES Local on 07/14/2007
This is some of the best sushi on the Upper East Side, though it's definitely a place you need to visit (it's not as good with delivery.) As far as atmosphere & food, this is the best combination in terms of Sushi restaurants on the UES.
Posted by UES Resident on 07/01/2007
Weekly customer and I enjoy everything from the atomsphere, service, and of course the food. I love the sushi it is very fresh! With an order of sushi you receive a little seaweed dish that is refreashing, and delicious hot tea at the end of the meal. Service is very attentive, drinks are refilled, and being a regular they remember my entire order. Other favories are Chicken Nanban for an appetizer, and for desert either the pumpkin pudding or green tea icecream. Highly recommend it never disappoints.