Jewel Bako

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • EArchitect
    EArchitectJune 30, 2016
    Warm & hospitable. For something exotic, try the barracuda sushi; it's amazing! Service is discreet & can leave you feeling abandoned. Tell them you're in a rush or you may end up waiting for an hour.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Now a neighborhood favorite, Jewel Bako maintains its downtown cred with buzzy young crowds and a stylish bamboo-tunnel dining room. Try the sushi omakase, which gets you a dozen raw-fish marvels. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 9, 2013
    Order the omakase here for a mind-blowing sushi experience, and be sure to sit at the sushi bar. The fish is incredibly fresh and truly sets the standard for how sushi should be.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Be adventurous and order the Omakase which contains the finest fish flown from Japan. You won’t forget the Otoro, the mouth-watering fatty tuna placed over rice that instantly melts in your mouth.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UFebruary 14, 2015
    Chef's omakase course is really good and filling. You could opt to take sushi or maki omakase and take a few a la carte alternatively but I think the course provides real value
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaApril 30, 2015
    A wonderful little gem that shares space with Degustation. But the room is tiny and the curved walls might make you feel a bit claustrophobic. Was surprised how reasonably priced it was.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyAugust 4, 2011
    We were impressed with the cozy and warm atmosphere provided at Jewel Baco. One look at the sushi menu had us hungry, and we were delighted with the blowtorched salmon and in-shell sea urchin.
  • Harry L.
    Harry LacheenOctober 29, 2014
    Omakase was a little disappointing for $85 (check out Sushi Dojo for the best I've had in this price range)
  • Jessica d.
    Jessica de OliveiraSeptember 18, 2016
    The best omakase I've ever had. An amazing two hour experience with the head chef, amazing service.... What an experience.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 4, 2013
    Trio tartare blew my mind! Mushrooms papillote and green tea chocolate ice cream sandwich were very creative too.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Omakase all the way. Master chef prepares the omakase while his apprentices make the sushi for table service. Otoro melts in your mouth and that white shrimp is 👌!
  • Lea J.
    Lea J.May 12, 2012
    fish is so so fresh and well cut. besides going for the standard rolls/sashimi/tartares, i recommend ordering the yasai yonshu -- vegetables 4 ways. doesn't sound too exciting? you'll be SURPRISED!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.June 29, 2014
    the best omakase and atmosphere for sushi in the east village! tucked away, you feel like you've left new york for a few hours at dinner
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Sashimi and sushi are superb, with wasabi grated tableside. For dessert, get jasmine ice cream with chocolate cookies. – Green Guide Editor
  • Idan C.
    Idan CohenSeptember 21, 2015
    Sit at the bar. Order a sushi omakase (not sashimi). One of the best in town.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LeiteAugust 7, 2013
    What supposedly was one if the best Japanese in the city is no longer the same. Grotesque sized rolls and less than fresh sushi. Thumbs down.
  • julia t.
    julia tJuly 25, 2016
    Never disappoints. Omakase at the sushi bar or tables, either delish. Moderately priced compared to the others out there. Amuse bouche, wine list, service - great touches.
  • Bollare
    BollareNovember 27, 2012
    A treasure in the East Village. Sit at the sushi bar and trust Yoshi the chef – he will serve you the best sushi in the city. -Allison C.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmJanuary 3, 2015
    Sit at the sushi bar in front of the head chef and order the omakase. Absolutely unreal.
  • Martha F.
    Martha FelixJuly 27, 2015
    Get the Selection of Sushi (Nigiri) and finish off with some Umeshu (plum wine) – delicious.
  • Anna Sophia O.
    Anna Sophia O'NeilJanuary 5, 2012
    The fatty tuna sashimi is out of this world. Make sure to leave room for the green tea ice cream sandwich - perfect way to end your meal!
  • Rebee M.
    Rebee MeowApril 22, 2012
    Try the Baby Bamboo Shoot. (Appetizer In Omakase) - If you like bamboo shoot you would love this because it taste like an expensive bamboo dish!
  • Joey J.
    Joey JFebruary 8, 2015
    Scallop Roll, King Crab Roll, Trio of Tartares, Bluefin Tuna Roll, White Miso Soup, Maboroshi "Mystic Falls" Sake
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Trio Of Tartares - Bluefin tuna, salmon and yellowtail tartare with sweet potato chips. Great.
  • Jo P.
    Jo PoJuly 17, 2016
    Leave room for the green tea ice cream sandwich with chocolate cookies!
  • Julia B.
    Julia BenedictFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss the Scallop & Uni cup with both raw and seared Uni
  • NycGal
    NycGalJanuary 14, 2015
    Awesome sushi. Very tasty seaweed salad. Sit at the bar if you can. Adds to the experience..
  • Judy C.
    Judy CariFebruary 19, 2014
    Get the makimono omakase, sashimi is fantastic here but don't forget their dessert, matcha tiramisu.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Jewel Bako makes for a lovely date night over one of the intimate tables or perched at the expertly-staffed sushi counter. - Inspector
  • Gianna L.
    you have to do the sushi omakase - the fish is unbelievably fresh and it all tastes amazing!!
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony De RosaSeptember 6, 2011
    Seriously fancy and super fresh sushi. Expensive but worth splurging when you can. This is sushi as a work of art.
  • julia t.
    julia tNovember 16, 2014
    High quality sushi, reasonably priced omakase, great ambiance. Go to spot in east village.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonJuly 17, 2011
    Some of best sushi I've ever had. Def sit at sushi bat and go omakase, chef is amazing! Great date spot!
  • Tara R.
    Tara R.August 17, 2013
    Great service, friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. I will be back!
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMay 1, 2016
    This cozy Michelin-starred sushi joint offers fresh sushi, sashimi and Omakase.
  • JessicaLaurenSF
    JessicaLaurenSFMarch 30, 2013
    Tartare trio tasting. Skip the omakase tasting menu and order a la carte. AMAZING.
  • Jorge M.
    Jorge MedinaJuly 9, 2013
    Awesome food!!! For starters try the seaweed salad and a sake martini.
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TaubeJanuary 9, 2016
    The chef's tasting menu is the way to go. Sit at the sushi bar
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Spicy Tuna and Yellowtail Roll - With scallions and cucumbers.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Salmon Skin Roll - With kaiware, cucumber and Japanese pickles.
  • Kelly E.
    Kelly EidsonNovember 11, 2012
    So fresh, the sushi tastes like it's still swimming. Tasting menu is pretty reasonable, too.
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJuly 11, 2013
    Whatever you do.. Trio Tartare for starters. Always.
  • Aja B.
    Aja BrandmanFebruary 18, 2015
    The omakase was amazing. Rivals the sushi in Japan
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur SangsukhdeeApril 10, 2013
    Get the sushi omakase for a great value and sit at the sushi bar for the experience.
  • Michelle
    MichelleMarch 4, 2015
    Otoro (fatty tuna), all the rolls, wonderful high quality sake
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Large Makimono Rolls - Not that large. Delicious though.
  • 🌎Eric
    🌎EricAugust 12, 2014
    fantastic sushi and the sake cocktail pairs well
  • Olof C.
    Olof CarlsonOctober 25, 2016
    Good omakase! Decent value for money too.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteilenMarch 11
    Solid sushi (fish is great, rice only ok), not great (slow) service. Cool venue.
  • Charles L.
    Charles LawSeptember 5, 2014
    Extremely disappointing. The rice breaks up felt cheap, which wastes the fish which is decently fresh. Had the omakase and the selection of sushi wasn't anything special. Bad service to top it off.
  • Courtney
    CourtneyMarch 6, 2015
    Omakase was great but I also saw some crazy rolls being made.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    Great little space. Sushi should be better.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroMay 24, 2015
    get the nigiri omakase. skip everything else.
  • Angie T.
    Angie TsangSeptember 5, 2014
    Feels like I've been robbed. 50$ meal at most. Rice is the most important part of sushi and they totally didn't get that.
  • Bob I.
    Bob IppolitoDecember 7, 2012
    Make sure to ask for fresh wasabi. It's extra, but totally worth it!
  • Julia B.
    Julia BenedictNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the sushi bar with Yoshi and put yourself in his hands
  • Miko M.
    Miko MercerDecember 19, 2009
    A gem. Best seats in the house are in the back at the sushi bar. Go omakase, they'll take good care of you.
  • QQ W.
    QQ WSeptember 17, 2012
    For omakase, sitting at the counter is a must!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Green tea ice cream sandwich - Chocolate cookie and marcona almond.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CApril 18, 2016
    Fresh, high quality sushi and sashimi
  • Samantha J.
    The chefs tasting menu is a must.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresFebruary 16
    Excellent omakase
  • Er F.
    Er FonsecaDecember 13, 2013
    Can't left without assorted mix of sashimi
  • Mike F.
    Mike FabbriDecember 17, 2011
    Get the tartar trio and the maki omakase
  • Restaurant Fairy
    Restaurant FairyJune 28, 2013
    Try the Trio Of Tartares
  • Tatiana D.
    Tatiana DorochinaJuly 18, 2013
    Dined here last night. Was very disappointed. Spent over $120 on food only and received small pieces of sushi with rice falling apart, dry salmon skin roll and overall not impressive taste.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ChouAugust 15, 2011
    Go for the omakase.
  • jen c.
    jen changJune 25, 2010
    go to the sushi bar n get the omakase... sashimi... absolutely amazing
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RectorAugust 20, 2012
    +1 for the tartare trio. Delicious.
  • Restaurant Fairy
    Restaurant FairyJune 28, 2013
    Try the Crispy Rice Topped With Tuna
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJuly 24, 2012
    dark choco shortbread w/ green tea ice cream
  • Janey P.
    Janey PNovember 13, 2010
    Omakase Tsukiji, definitely comprable to Tsukiji Market in Tokyo!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 29, 2014
    Try the Selection Of Sushi
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ChanpongDecember 10, 2011
    I love this place! Get the tartare trio to start.
  • blukid
    blukidJanuary 15, 2010
    Reserve a seat at the small sushi bar and allow the masters to get creative.
  • Trevor K.
    Trevor KivSeptember 26, 2016
    Otoro and scallops
  • Susan
    SusanMarch 31, 2013
    Omakase. At the sushi bar. *___*
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Jewel Bako as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Restaurant Fairy
    Restaurant FairyJune 28, 2013
    Try the Omakase Makimono
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CNovember 15, 2015
    Quality sushi, sashimi and sake!
  • Restaurant Fairy
    Restaurant FairyJune 28, 2013
    Try the Snow Crab Sushi
  • Leonard L.
    Leonard LJune 6, 2014
    Omakase tasting menu was great but overpriced.
  • Danwen
    DanwenFebruary 21, 2014
    Santa Barbara uni.
  • Restaurant Fairy
    Restaurant FairyJune 28, 2013
    Try the Mushrooms In Papillote
  • Abby G.
    Abby G.September 4, 2014
    sake and get adventurous with the sushi
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 21, 2011
    One Michelin star.
  • Laura Y.
    Laura YagermanOctober 3, 2012
    Michelin 2012 ★
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJuly 16, 2011
    Clutch date spot
  • Lindsey L.
    Lindsey LSeptember 21, 2013
    Michelin Star my ass.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WolfDecember 20, 2009
    Great uni tonight. Ask for it in a sake cup
  • nicole s.
    nicole siegelNovember 6, 2009
    Sushi bar omakase - uni sundae and live octopus
  • Zucker B.
    Zucker BakeryFebruary 16, 2012
    At the bar only
  • Es L.
    Es LeyJune 19
    ok........
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinNovember 20, 2010
    Sashimi!
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