Tuesday night I decided to go to a new Japanese restuarant that opened on up on Restaurant Row (46th street bet. 8th and 9th) called Sushi of Gari 46. There is a Gari on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side and I had heard great things, so I was very excited to hear one had opened up down the block from my apartment.
The restaurant is modern and a touch sleek. I sat at the sushi bar. The lighting at the sushi bar area is very bright, and unromantic, I'd guess to highlight the art being produced at the bar.
The first thing the waitress asked me when she approached me was if I were going to order the Chef's Omakase Special ($75). I felt she was trying to push this on me and it was a total turn-off.
I always order sushi deluxes when I eat sushi. It's the best way to taste a restaurant's sushi because it comes with assorted pieces of different sushi. I ordered the deluxe here which came with 9 pieces of sushi and one roll. I also got an appetizer of monkfish liver in ponzu sauce.
The monkfish liver, which I had never had before, was good. The ponzu sauce was tangy and was the perfect complement to the interesting textured liver. I even slurped all the sauce after I had eaten the entire liver. It was a unique dish, which I enjoyed.
Then my sushi deluxe ($30) arrived. It was sublime. All the fish was fresh, great, and excellent. Some of the best sushi I have ever encountered. I will admit it is a tad pricier then your average sushi spot, but, it's also better. You definitely get what you pay for.
I would love to come back to Sushi of Gari 46 and try their other dishes and even their Omakase special- on my own terms.
Sushi of Gari 46
347 W 46th Street (bet. 8th and 9th ave.)
New York, NY 10036