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Jul 19, 2009 08:14 PM

Sushi of Gari - Omakase ?

I am planning to have the omakase at Sushi of Gari. What is the pricing for the omakase ? I heard that it is like $75 but can be upgraded to $100 for a few more pieces ? Thank you in advance.

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  1. Whenever I have omakase there-it is always when I win a bet with someone and I have them take me there (sorry baji)-we drink and eat to our hearts content and dinner and drinks usually add up to around $500 for two! Of course we drink a lot which makes it much more than if you had a beer or two.

    1. gari's omakase is expensive (more expensive than most places including yasuda etc)....i usually spend around $100 at Yasuda and I want to say I normally spend like $125+ at gari, id call ahead to make sure what the price is b/c gari is def one of the most expensive sushi places in the city

      btw id highly suggest only going to gari on the UES (its like 71st or something like that) and make sure that gari himself will be there; the times i went there when he wasn't there the sushi was way off (not sure why) and when i made a reservation at the sushi bar for omakase, the hostess told me like 3 times that he wasn't going to be there and was i sure i wanted to not make a res for another night, which is probably telling of what happens when he isn't there

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      1. re: Lau

        I think it is on 78th - and, based on my sitting at tables at both that location and the UWS one, I definitely think the UES one is better.

        1. re: MMRuth

          btw sitting at the bar for omakase is a MUST when i've sat at the table i've been pretty disappointed

          1. re: Lau

            I know - everyone says that - and maybe my standards just aren't that high, but I've always enjoyed my sushi at the table there. Often we are going with another couple, and I always think that the sushi bar is less conducive to talking etc.

            1. re: MMRuth

              oh from a social standpoint i totally agree with you, but i think the shelf life of sushi is very short and there is a noticable degradation if it's been sitting around at all especially with things like uni

              i usually only go with 1-2 other people when i go to sushi and i kind of feel like given the price, i should be getting the best quality possible...that said i have no issue paying up for great food (sushi is one of my favorites)

              1. re: Lau

                One day I should just take myself there, sans husband. Who would probably diminish my cred by mixing his wasabi into his soy sauce!

                1. re: Lau

                  A follow up question - when you sit in front of Gari, are the sushi pieces you get the same kind as one gets at the table but with better fish? I.e., the many pieces w/ special toppings?

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    the difference was not the type of sushi they served you, but the quality of the fish...its very weird b/c i wouldn't have figured you'd get such a big difference, but the 2 times i ate w/o gari being there and the 1 time at the table, i really noticed a difference and i didn't come with any bias b/c i didnt even know that was the case and I figured it'd be like yasuda where I don't really notice a huge difference whether i eat in front of yasuda or not in fact i notice very little difference other than its nice to talk to yasuda

                    1. re: Lau

                      Thanks that is very helpful.

          2. re: Lau

            I gave them a call and the lady on the phone told me it varies, and around $100 with some hesitation in her voice, that's why I post for some help here.

          3. We were there last month and spent about $350--no drinks. I'm a light eater but my husband can really put it away. (I think he ended up eating twice as much as I did.)

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            1. re: PegS

              Thanks all for the replies.

              But PegS, may I ask did you order 2 omakase with your husband having a much higher price tag because he got more pieces ? Or your husband ordered other stuffs from the regular menu after the omakase is done ? I am still a bit confused how the omakase work there. Thanks.

              1. re: skylineR33

                here's how the omakase works, there is a set # of pieces of sushi they give you...the price can vary slightly b/c some days the chef's choice of fish maybe more or less expensive. That said at Gari its pretty much the same everytime (they've got the whole sauce thing going on). After you finish the set omakase, you can ask them for more (your choice or theirs), but that is effectively just a la carte post the set part of the meal

                like i said before though Gari's omakase is among the most expensive in the fact I think only Kuruma's is more expensive (not counting Masa as omakase)

            2. Skyline, any reason you picked Gari over Yasuda? I ask because I'm at Yasuda later this week thinking it was the next best choice after Masa.

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              1. re: Apprentice

                Hello Apprentice, the reason is just that I want to try some Avant-garde sushi, since I have been to quite a few traditional one in my trip to Japan earlier this year. Just want to try something different, hope it will be good.