Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
Sushi of Gari. Photo: Seth Smoot
401 E. 73rd St., 212-249-8583
1143 First Ave., 212-371-0238
Sushi of Gari
402 E. 78th St., 212-517-5340
A sushi renaissance, led in part by Sasabune, Sushi Seki and Sushi of Gari, has secured the Upper East Side's status as a destination for finding authentic Japanese flavors. How authentic? Consider the sign marking the entry of Sasabune: "No Spicy Tuna. No California Roll." Sushi Seki and Sushi of Gari, on the other hand, are also distinguished by their innovative seasonings, torch searing and other blasphemous-to-purists culinary flourishes. The omakase at all three restaurants (note, that's all Sasabune serves) is consistently excellent, focusing on flavors, textures and, of course, a standout selection of fresh fish.