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Gajyumaru - 11 Reviews - 1659 1st Ave, New York, NY - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 860-8857


1659 1st Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 860-8857
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I must have walked past this place dozens of times and then a friend told me to try it...the restaurant has been around for 8 years and its now one of my favorite sushi places in ...


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Incredible Sushi 12/17/2008

I must have walked past this place dozens of times and then a friend told me to try it...the restaurant has been around for 8 years and its now one of my favorite sushi places in NYC. The sushi is incredible, staff is very friendly and they have a great Sake selection. I have been to Nobu, Morimoto, and Sushi Yasuda, the quality and attention to detail at Gajyumaru is excellent. more

Go where ex-pats go 11/14/2008

When you see ex-pats dining at an ethnic restaurant, you're in for a treat. It's a hidden gem on the UES and not overhyped. Furthermore, unlike 70% of the Japanese restaurants in UES/UWS, it's not run by Chinese management so you won't get cheap substitutions (Chinese tofu vs Japanese silken tofu, crappy tuna bits vs toro tartare, etc). Pros: Japanese ex-pats dine here Cons: small sushi bar; only serve soft alcohol (wine, beer, sake) but no cocktails more

A real gem 1/31/2007

I live upstairs from this place, and it's great. Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. It's very zen inside-- it's even quiet, which is quite a feat, given it's on First Avenue and there are always loud trucks passing by. The fish is fresh - I've enjoyed everything I've had there. Take-out is also great - the food is always packed so nicely and in a way that prevents spilling (say, from miso soup). They also give you a really nice napkin. Nothing but warm feelings and relaxation come to mind when I think of Gajyumaru. Pros: quiet, relaxing, delicious food, nice staff, great for delivery also more

Great, Fresh Sushi 3/21/2005

This restaurant has the freshest sushi in town. This restaurant also have the best service ever. Pros: Fresh Sushi, Excellent Service more

Best deal in town for affordable yet delish sushi 2/10/2005

This place has consistently good sushi at an affordable price. THe best deal is the sushi for two which considering the solid quality of the sushi is $55. It's more than enough for two people. At any other place, you would have to pay at least $80 for the same quantity and quality. I would whole heartedly recommend this place for the real diehard sushi lover who wants good sushi several times a month but can't afford to pay top dollar every time. Would not recommend for non-sushi lovers since it looks like the neighborhood joint that it is and the cooked foods are just okay. Pros: Always solid, Open Sundays, Usually no line Cons: Cooked food not great, Small more

Excellent, excellent 2/7/2005

I live in the neighborhood and I visit this restaurant once a week. The sushi is always fresh and full of flavor, buttery and delicious. The appetizers and specials such as homemade tofu, tuna with miso paste, and vinegared crab are wonderful but, honestly, I've never had a dish there I didn't enjoy. The service is very attentive. If you like excellent sushi prepared by a staff who really cares, definitely check it out. more

Most Authentic 1/18/2005

Since this place opened, we have been regulars - at least once a week. The chicken nanban is addictive and they really know how to cook udon the right way. Sushi is almost as good as in Tsukiji. I will only eat the chirashi from this place. more

Upper East sushi - you better believe it 3/11/2003

The freshness of the food was stellar and the service was exceptional. I remember leaving full without going broke and feeling very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the dining experience. Make reservations - this place fills up every night of the week. Pros: fresh sushi, excellent service, intimate more

geisha girl's pick 11/23/2002

This is the best sushi place on the Upper E and one of the best sushi places in the City. In fact, it is one of the few things that makes living on the Upper E bearable. Crab Shumai rocks! Pumpkin pudding is the best desert I've ever had in a sushi restaurant. The chef looks like a sumo wrestler but he's really nice and cool. Pros: Best Sushi, Great Desert, Good Service Cons: Can't get loud, Small space, Upper East Side more

outstanding 11/19/2002

The sushi/sashimi is on a different level from most places. Slightly pricey if you order by piece, but very reasonable for a chef selection. The place is small, but very charming with good service. Pros: excellent quality more

Best sushi in UES 8/1/2002

This is genius sushi, really. A wonderful simple little restaurant with clean fresh fish at reasonable prices. What a gem. Go, try, fall in love. more
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  • The Scene
    This elegantly spartan Japanese bistro declares its multifaceted superiority on an amusingly serious placard outside its entrance, and consistently makes good on its promises....

  • 7/28/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue-Sat 5pm-12pm; Sun 5pm-10:30pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Yorkville, Midtown