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Upper West Side Sushi


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Gari UWS is basically the menu from Gary UES 10 years ago, executed with way less care. Also, its incredulously expensive for how un-special it is. I guess decor and service-wise it might be the most impressive in the neighborhood, but the food is average.

Matsu on Columbus and 83rd is the best hole-in-the-wall sushi joint on the UWS. Very reasonable prices (even for a hole-in-the-wall), neatly assembled sushi and properly seasoned rice at the appropriate temperature. Definitely not a foodie experience, but solid and satisfying on every visit. It is my go-to.

Another option is Momoya, which is chain-y but good. Some serviceable Nobu-stolen dishes on the menu as well, so I guess it is kind of trendy. Its between Matsu and Gari price-wise, with a modern, clean atmosphere.

Everywhere else on the UWS that I've tried is either completely inedible or insanely expensive.

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What's currently the best? Is it just Gari end of discussion?

I think it depends how far down you're still willing to call UWS. The hidden west side gem, in my opinion used to be Shimizu on West 51st. I know that's more midtown, but it would be worth going down a few extra blocks. Good traditional sushi. Not quite the level of the top places, but light years ahead of the middle level.

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I went there once and thought it was quite good, but no way are you going to get me to define it as Upper West Side!

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
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