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Gari of Columbus

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370 Columbus Ave, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10024-5110 (Between 77th and 78th Streets)
+1 212-362-4816
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:45
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

While the sushi is terrific, the attitude of the staff more than compensates in the negative direction. If you sit at the sushi bar, you must order omakase. The reservationists try hard to force this alternative. While my wife and I love their sushi, we are more than a little reluctant to visit because of the close to hostile attitudes... More 

Thank Allan O
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten SUSHI frequently in Japan, my home country. It's almost a place and time to enjoy raw fish taste. It's first time to eat SUSHI in New York, and was wondering how I feel new taste SUSHI. But no doubt . Japanese also enjoy SUSHI here.

Thank kazuakim2015
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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216 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I admit the friends who suggested Gari for dinner hyped it unmercifully - "best Japanese in the city", "best Japanese in America", "best sushi ever". So perhaps I was overly hopeful. For anyone who's spent a lot of time in Japan, or lived there, it's a bit confusing. Instead of the omakase menu being a several-course dinner, starting with light... More 

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

probably the best sushi, sashimi i have ever had, wonderful staff great food, sashimi out of this world

Thank Imrantahir31
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

One of the best sushis in New York. Pricey but original and refined. If you are looking for "California roll" do not come here: here the sushi recipes are atypical and imaginative and taste fabulous. My advice: go for the Omakase tasting menu.

Thank R C
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We were travelling for 2 months all around the United States and the experience at this restaurant was the worst we had. The food was good but the asian lady that served us (looked to be the owner) was horrible. She wanted us to eat as quickly as possible, when I was still eating the last piece of sushi from... More 

Thank Patrycia L
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Though the staff was very courteous, I spent $20 for two spicy tuna rolls and got a small volume of fish drowned in spicy mayo. It could have been any other seafood and I wouldn't have known the difference. They may do other things well (for $50 lunch specials I'd hope so), but this execution was abysmal.

Thank Sarah K
Niskayuna, New York
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We have been to this particular Gari Sushi multiple times. The quality is good. Fresh. BUT. BORING. Nothing changes. It is uninspired. Over the years, it has not brought anything new. It was fine. This is NYC. Step it up.

Thank 121617
Jeremiah S, Manager at Gari of Columbus, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback -- we really appreciate it. We're glad you enjoy our food, and we will take your feedback and look into what we might be able to do in the future. Thank you, Gari of Columbus Team More 

New York City, New York
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240 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We come here whenever we can afford it for the omakase. It is about $100 for twelve pieces of sushi (or sushi/sashimi) but each piece is a work of imaginative culinary art. The restaurant is always full and most people spend much less money on tempura and other Japanese cuisine, all of which looks tempting as it goes by. But... More 

Thank john w
Jeremiah S, Manager at Gari of Columbus, responded to this review

John, thank you for taking the time to let us know the Omakase has always impressed you. We appreciate your business. Thank you, Gari of Columbus Team More 

Montevideo, Uruguay
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92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

A rather long line of sushi men work on the rolls in full view of the customers. That is a great show. And the food is spectacular. Truly Japanese, as is the service and staff. Very good value. Maybe a little noisy. Reservations necessary.

Thank Gabriella G
Jeremiah S, Manager at Gari of Columbus, responded to this review

While we certainly enjoy putting on a sushi-crafting show, Gabriella, the real star of the show should be the sushi, so we're thrilled that everything tasted great. We'll be seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Gari of Columbus Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$80
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:45
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:45
12:00 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 370 Columbus Ave, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10024-5110
    (Between 77th and 78th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 1,9 trains to W79th Street or B,C to W81st Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-362-4816
Gari of Columbus is a sushi lover's dream, where traditional meets innovation. Come try some of the best and most creative sushi in New York City.

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