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Sushi of Gari
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2005
I first went here for my birthday a few years back and got the Gari Special, which was unreal. It is definitely pricey and definitely should be saved for a special occasion but I have never seen or tasted anything like it! Very creative and not to be matched! Everything else on the menu is reasonably priced considering the stature of this restaurant, and delicious. A favorite is the fried oyster roll. The place is very small but comfortable enough as long as you don't mind the NYC-sitting-on-top-of-people feel, as most sushi restaurants are in the city. Enjoy!
Posted by Foodie in NYC on 08/15/2005
The quality of fish is excellent and there is a wide variety as well. But the size of fish on a sushi is rarther small, and the hand rolls are not good. The menu lacks innovative rolls like you would see in other quality restaurants. The sonomono salad was miniscule (we get 3 times as much in our local restaurant). The waitstaff also seem not to be very knowledgeable about the food they serve with poor language skills. Omakase (chef's choice) seems like the best option at the sushi bar. Overall, I expected a lot more based on previous reviews, but was disappointed.
Posted by Japanese food lover on 08/07/2005
Ok, the sushi is good. Very creative, fresh, and gari (sushi rice) is very well done. But compared to other sushi restaurants which serve comparable sushi (like Seki, or Sushiden, a more traditional sushi), Gari is over-priced. I used to go there occasionally, but I just don't think it's worth going back there anymore - they always serve the same sushi for omakase (chef's choice) and the price is a little high for what it is... Appetizers are mediocre compared to the high quality sushi.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2005
I've been here twice and gotten the omakase both times. I had no idea sushi could taste this way. The dishes are creative and all delicious, and they tell you when not to use soy sauce since some of the pieces come with their own sauce. This isn't traditional stuff, either, and if you're going to this place and not ordering omakase (which you should order if you're going to bother going here) try one of the more creative things - not dumplings and a tuna roll. In response to a review below, ordering delivery from Sushi of Gari is not a good idea. I'm surprised they even took the order, and apparently they aren't used to getting delivery orders. You should've taken that as your first sign not to get delivery.
Posted by Anon on 07/11/2005
I have beeg going to this place since 1997. Gari is a genius when it comes to Omakase. He is so inventive and creative. This beats Nobu's omakase hands down. Unfortunately this place used to be undiscovered but now you need to book 2 weeks in advance for seats at the sushi bar- which is the only way to truly experience the Omakase. With regards to the reviewer who was disappointed, this is NOT a place for delivery. The sushi is extremely high quailty and expensive - order from Haru instead if you want delivery.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/27/2005
After reading the rave reviews here, I decided to give this restaurant a shot. What a disappointment. I'll preface this review by saying that this was a delivery order and I therefore can't comment on the decor. Firstly, it took me over 4 phone calls before I could place a delivery order.. the automated response system kept sending me to a line that wouldn't pick up.. when I got through, the order took 20 minutes because the person on the other end of the line couldn't understand one word I was saying and vice versa. I ordered mostly rolls.. when the food arrived (about 45 minutes later), the hand rolls were tiny and unappealing, the regular rolls were dull also. The dumpling appetizer had 5 miniscule pieces and didn't taste too good (not to mention was about $6).
Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2005
I am a sushi connosieur, but I have never tasted anything like this! Gari blows everything out of the water. This is the first testimonial I've been compelled to write.