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Posted by Impressive? on 11/06/2007
Sushi of Gari unarguably has excellent fish. What stinks is the attitude that accompanies it. It is a small establishment, and I live directly across the street, but I'd far prefer to make the trip down to Sushi Yasuda for even more outstanding fish, and impeccable service. Gari's staff is full of themselves, and performs poorly as a result. If you go, dress right, look trendy, and keep your nose tilted skyward. If you don't, you'll be "cased" and treated poorly. If you do, they'll flutter about you and are likely to fluff up your bill. I was asked once if I had cancelled my reservation, after having been seated. Umm.....No. I didn't cancel - here I am, after all. Does that mean that you want me to leave? I have been told that no tables are available - when the restaurant is empty. "1 Hour". I walked away, not willing to wait an hour. Then decided that they were bluffing, returned, said "I'll wait the hour" and was seated immediately. The food was good that day, but strangely sour. Bad business. I won't say that I won't return - the quality is very high, and I live across the street - but I will say this: if you go, anticipate condescension.
Posted by foodie on 09/21/2007
I took my husband here for dinner last night. I made reservations the day before without problem. We were able to sit at the bar which made it even better. My husband had the omakase and I ordered separately. We appetizers, we ordered the tempura. It was light, crispy and not oily, perfect. The sushi was absolutely incredible. The fish was fresh and cut expertly. I had yellowtail, and it melted in my mouth like cold butter. I also had the sea eel - it was the best eel I have ever had, soft, delicious. My husband loved the omakase. He said many of the pieces were incredible. Also, the waiter said that for Omakase, you could eat as much as you want, so you could eat 12 pieces if you want, or keep going up, it's just a matter of paying more. So the reviewer below me is incorrect. Overall, one of the highlights of my time in New York so far. My husband really loved it, said it was one of the best sushi experiences he has had, and he has been to almost all of the best sushi establishments in NYC and LA.
Posted by Very Good on 08/29/2007
I ate here last night for a special occasion. I was excited to go as I had heard so much about the omakase. First we had grilled eggplant and a mushroom appetizers. The eggplant was made with miso. Both appetizers were delicious. We ordered the omakase. The fish was about the freshest I ever had and the sauces were excellent. My only complaint is that I was not full at the end of the meal. The omakase consisted of 12 pieces of sushi per person. There was no sashimi, just sushi. Several varieties of tuna, salmon, cod, yellowtail, and one piece of lobster per person. Don't get me wrong. Everything was delicious. I just wish the omakase had a few more pieces to it.
Posted by Noga Rosenthal on 05/23/2007
Sushi of Gari has the best sushi in New York. The food is worth every penny. Not a place for a romantic dinner- but a wonderful place to bring a foodie. I had sushi combinations that I would never have thought of before. A must if you love sushi.
Posted by John on 02/20/2007
After being hung up on twice and put on hold for a combined total of more than 20, i finally managed to place my order. I should have taken the lackluster service as the cue not to order delivery from Gari. The order was taken, and I was assured that my food would be there quickly. An hour and a half later the delivery guy shows up and my food is soggy, cold, and not good. I was a firm believer in this place until now. Oh well, guess its time to find a new place for good sushi in the neighborhood.
Posted by MJ on 01/02/2007
The Japanese have an expression, coins before cats - which means the same as pearls before swine. If you are prone to soaking your sushi in soy sauce, ordering creations like spider rolls, and adding tons of wasabi to your sushi; go elsewhere, save your money. It can be hard to get a table here, but in the end it will be worth it, if you know your sushi...it will cost, but Gari knows what they are doing and they do it as well as sushi can be done. It's not totally traditional, but it is not bizarro Chinese resturant sushi.
Posted by USJGA on 10/30/2006
In all of my travels to "supposedly" the "best" sushi bars in America and Japan, none even come close to Gari-San's sushi artistry. While I was disappointed to find Nobu to be an absolute farce, I was overwhelmed by the amazing offerings at Susi of Gari. Expensive, you bet, but it's still a "must" for me on every visit I make to the Big Apple. Each offering surpasses the previous one, and while their sake selection is extremely limited, the choices still compliment the feast before you.