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{USA} Creative Omakase at Sushi of Gari in New York

“Anything you don’t eat or special requests?” asked the waitress. “No. We’re OK with anything”, replies Jeremy. From then on, our meal was in the hands of the chef. We ordered “omakase” (お任せ), a Japanese phrase meaning “I’ll leave it to you”.

Out of all the sushi restaurants we’ve been to so far, Sushi of Gari is among the best sushi restaurants outside of Japan!

The chef’s original sauces that accompanies each piece of nigiri sushi you’re served are what makes the sushi here special. The chef will tell you that there’s no need for additional wasabi and soy sauce. Each piece of sushi served to you is “complete” and in perfect “taste” balance.

We highly recommend their omakase.

Sushi of Gari – 402 East 78th Street New York, NY 10075

Sushi of Gari. We highly recommend this place for omakase!

For our first nigiri, it was an ingenious combination of flavors and textures. The fresh slice of snapper, together with sauced vegetables and fried lotus root unleashed an explosion of flavors in our mouths. The perfect amuse-bouche for our meal! It was hard to choose a favorite because we liked every single dish we were served. Here are some of the highlights.

We think of this as the amuse-bouche of our meal. The fresh slice of snapper, together with sauced vegetables and fried lotus root unleashed an explosion of flavors in our mouths.

A classic done well. It was a delicious, mouthwatering seared salmon nigiri.

Salmon with sauteed tomato. Why didn’t anyone think of this before? Genius!

Tuna tartar with crispy seaweed. A playful mix of flavor and texture!

Lightly seared uni (sea urchin) nigiri sushi. Melts in your mouth!

Perfectly sauced lobster sushi. I can probably eat 10 more of this!

A favorite of many patrons – tuna & tofu nigiri.

Seared fluke fin with poached quail egg cradled by japanese mayo diced vegetable, topped with a drop of truffle oil. Need I say more?

Seared foie gras with a slice of juicy radish, paired with just the right amount of sauce makes this amazingly mouthwatering! It was a christmas present for our taste buds! We didn’t know foie gras would be served – for those who do not want to be served foie gras, be sure to let the waitress or chef know.

After the delicious meal, we ordered their mille-feuille dessert. It was just the right finish to our wonderful dinner.

Just the perfect dessert to top off our dinner: Mille-feuille.

According to the chef, the record number of sushi a person has had there in one meal is 65 pieces! We had 17 pieces of sushi each. It was expensive nonetheless but worth every penny! This was our christmas dinner meal – so we figured we’d splurge a little and we’re glad we did!


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TAKEAWAYS:

  1. For creative, fusion omakase in New York, we highly recommend Sushi of Gari.
  2. Be sure to make a reservation as this place is always fully booked!
  3. Ask to be seated at the sushi bar – the best way to enjoy your omakase.
  4. Sushi of Gari is located at 402 East 78th Street New York, NY 10075
  5. Sushi of Gari’s phone number is 212-517-5340
  6. The record number of nigiri eaten during one seating of omakase at the restaurant is 65 pieces.
  7. Feel free to ask for any of the special nigiri mentioned above if you’re not served it during your omakase.
  8. Foie gras sushi is among the choices. If you do not want to be served foie gras, be sure to inform the waitress or the chef.
  9. It’s rather expensive. Our bill came up to about $10 per piece of sushi (rough average that included cost of dessert and tips).
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46 Comments

  1. Brian Nelson April 20, 2012 Reply

    Those sushi are a little strange for me. I am used to the Japanese sushi. I wonder what it feels like to eat sushi in NY.

  2. AliceInOmaha February 28, 2012 Reply

    My favorite restaurant. Your pictures made me miss Gari so much more! I still have Gari’s personal cell number because I used to go like once a week and wanted to go to the correct location since he spent most of his time between 2 of the 3. I tell people that Gari is the best sushi you will ever have qnd it will spoil you! Even my conservative with money Dad said it w worth every cent. Thanks for the photos!

  3. One of my favorite foods! These photos are mouth-watering. Now I miss the developed world 🙂
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  4. Christy @ Technosyncratic
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    February 15, 2012 Reply

    I’ve never eaten raw sushi before (California rolls for me, lol!), but you photos and descriptions are tempting….
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  5. NLM
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    February 13, 2012 Reply

    These are absolutely spectacular photos. WOW!
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  6. Nomadic Samuel February 12, 2012 Reply

    These are some very impressive shots of the food.
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  7. Raymond @ Man On The Lam
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    February 10, 2012 Reply

    I’m not a foodie, but I LOVE this photos!!
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  8. Sam
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    February 9, 2012 Reply

    mmm looks delicious. I always appreciate it too when chefs are confident in how they make their food that they say you don’t need to add flavouring (in this case the wasabi/ginger/soy sauce).
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  9. Michael Figueiredo
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    February 6, 2012 Reply

    Looks delicious and, as always, gorgeous photography!
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