Masathoshi "Gari" Sugio is the creative brain behind Sushi of Gari 46 located in the Theater District of Manhattan. Opened in November 2006, this is the fourth restaurant opened by the chef. Sushi of Gari 46 is famed for its fresh and delicious sushi that is distinct from other sushi restaurants because of the way Gari serves it; readied with the right amount of his own special sauces and toppings so that the freshness and flavors of the dishes are brought out in the right way without being drowned by the wrong sauce or too much of it. With all these claims, we were ready for our sushi platter and set out with eagerness to discover the wonders of Sushi of Gari 46 for ourselves.
The First Impression:Sushi of Gari 46 exuded a feel of being a typical traditional Japanese Sushi restaurant. Welcoming with a pleasant décor, the ambience was casual and focused completely on the food and drinks.
Décor and Ambience: Wooden floors and wall planks, white soft ceilings, exposed brick walls, flat tables flanked by straight-back wooden chairs, a long counter with seating enclosing the live-kitchen, curios and flower arrangements displayed to bring in warmth and softness; Sushi of Gari 46 was a casual place that offered subtle style and comfort to its customers.
The Food: The menu at Sushi of Gari 46 was divided into separate sections; ones for appetizers, a kitchen menu, a sushi platter menu and also a menu for sushi a la carte. The food, unlike the décor, was anything but traditional. Fusing in the unique cuisine creativity of the chef, each dish was garnished with his signature special sauces and toppings and brought out the unique distinct flavor of the fish to perfection.
We seated ourselves at the sushi bar counter (reservations are a must) and allowed the sushi chef to choose our dishes for us and sat back to enjoy his selections. Our chef at Sushi of Gari 46 started us with Red Snapper, Cod, and Sweet Shrimp. He continued our feast with Tuna, Kampashi, Baked Oyster, and Mackerel. Our explosion and exploration of sushi continued with Salmon with hot tomato Sauce, Dry Seared Black Snapper, Tuna with Tofu, Spanish Mackerel with mushroom sauce, Shrimp Tempura Roll and Unagi Sushi with avocado.
All the dishes were consistently amazing and their sauces added a twist that to sushi we have never experienced before. The dishes had one or two pieces of the fish each and though it wasn’t traditional in making, it was really scrumptious; it was definitely some of the best sushi in New York.
We also had a bottle of great sake; Kokuryu Daiginjo with our meal at Sushi of Gari 46. Made of Yamada Nishiki rice, it scored a +4 in the sake meter and had 15.5% alcohol. Called the Black Dragon in English, it is rumored to have been the Japanese Emperor’s favorite sake. We thoroughly enjoyed it; smooth with floral aroma, this sake proved to be a great accompaniment to our food.
The Service: The service at Sushi of Gari 46 was subtle and attentive.
The Calculated Impression: After dining at a plethora of sushi restaurants in New York, Sushi of Gari 46 proved itself to be a winner. With great food and attentive service, this was easily one of the best sushi restaurants in New York. Though the prices were a bit too steep, it was worthy of the food.
What I liked: The amazing food, sake and service at the Sushi of Gari 46.
What I didn’t like: The steep prices at Sushi of Gari 46 which would keep away a lot of people from the great food.
Address and Telephone Number Sushi of Gari 46 347 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 957-0046