sushi of gari
upper east side || 402 e. 78th st., new york, ny 10075 || (212) 517-5340
this restaurant has become so popular that they now have 4 different locations in the city – the upper east side is the original that holds the michelin star rating while still preserving the traditional, casual seating arrangement. for all levels of sushi lovers, this is an omakase experience you must try in new york [if you haven’t already]. with every visit, there are new additions [and surprises] to the chef’s tasting menu, and you can let the server know specific likes & dislikes. the
major buzzkill surprise for me this time was that they were out of the 3 cravings i had: mirugai [giant clam], sweet raw shrimp, & fresh toro [they only had flame-torched toro]. to be fair, it was a late monday evening — not the best for sushi. as usual, i prefer the skinnyminnie sashimi omakase: more fish, no rice.
the sake casing matched my festive nails. fun.
fatty salmon belly. fatty
the outstanding dish of the night:
flame-torched fluke + poached quail egg + truffle oil slathered all over. sexy.
yellowtail. weakest link of the night.
hotate [scallop] + caviar. always a must-get for me.
tomato tempura and salmon
second favorite of the night:
flame-torched rare snow crab & uni – perfect.
tuna tartare with pine nuts & deep fried seaweed chips
uni. always a must-get.
plum sake in the back & new sake glass for a new bottle. artwork is channeling zelda.
marinated snapper & seawead
topping was a mixed mushroom medley? i passed the [cooked] fish over to my comrades.
seared toro. great but i kinda wanted super fresh raw toro. #brat
chopped snapper + black salt. very refreshing!
seared lobster – slightly overcooked for my raw diet
mackerel with sesame topping. i passed on this one.
the ikura challenge, just like when it all started at zuma hong kong: how many salmon roe is in one order?
separate them in groups of 10 first…
gambling is in my blood. needless to say, i won the challenge.
kumamoto oysters, yay. my final course before tapping out.
a pretty piece after i ended my tasting.
’twas a wonderful pre-thanksgiving stuff yourself in the face healthy, raw treat i must say. perfect for my raw diet. じゃね! [ja-ne, see you!]