Sushi of Gari

Restaurants , Sushi Upper East Side
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Red Snapper with Crispy Lotus Root at Sushi Of Gari
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Yellowtail with Jalapeno at Sushi Of Gari
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Fluke with Poached Quail Egg at Sushi Of Gari
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Tuna with Tofu Sauce at Sushi Of Gari
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Red Snapper with Crispy Lotus Root, Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Fluke with Poached Quail Egg, Tuna with Tofu Sauce at Sushi Of Gari
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Sushi Of Gari
While many neighborhood Japanese joints serve sushi rolls with wacky names, Sushi of Gari chef Masatoshi Sugio prefers to play with unusual ingredients and oddball combinations. Adventurous eaters brave long lines to cram into his small place and order a sushi tasting menu (Gari’s Choice) that runs between $70 and $80. Sugio has been known to pair seared foie gras with daikon radish; salmon with tomato and onion; and spicy tuna with mayo, Tabasco and sesame oil. Less adventurous souls can order regular sushi and sashimi—which are supremely fresh, if not especially memorable—or hot dishes like negimaki, teriyaki, tempura, udon, soba and dumplings. If you want sashimi, pay the extra $13 for the “special” version, which swaps in exotic fishes for the usual tuna and yellowtail.
Venue name: Sushi of Gari
Address: 402 E 78th St
New York
Cross street: between First and York Aves
Opening hours: Mon noon–2pm, 5–10:45pm; Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 5–11:15pm; Fri noon–2pm, 5:30–11:15pm; Sat 5:30–11:15pm; Sun 5–9:45pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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