Jewel Bako

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant · East Village
239 E 5th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave.), New York, NY 10003, United States
Closed until 6:30 PM Monday (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 6:30 PM–11:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:30 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
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    julia t.
    "High quality sushi, reasonably priced omakase, great ambiance."(30 Tips)
    Mike F.
    "Get the tartar trio and the maki omakase"(4 Tips)
    Anna Sophia O.
    "green tea ice cream sandwich"(3 Tips)
    "Otoro (fatty tuna), all the rolls, wonderful high quality sake"(3 Tips)
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  • omakase
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  • Lindsay C.

    Quality sushi, sashimi and sake!

    Lindsay C · 1 week ago
  • Idan C.

    Sit at the bar. Order a sushi omakase (not sashimi). One of the best in town.

    Idan Cohen · September 21
  • Liam N.

    Awarded one star (★) in the 2015 Michelin Guide for NYC restaurants.

    Liam Nee · September 13
  • Martha F.

    Get the Selection of Sushi (Nigiri) and finish off with some Umeshu (plum wine) – delicious.

    Martha Felix · July 27
  • Rafi R.

    get the nigiri omakase. skip everything else.

    Rafi Romero · May 24
  • Elyse E.

    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.

    Elyse Estrada · April 30
  • Courtney

    Omakase was great but I also saw some crazy rolls being made.

    Courtney · March 6
  • Michelle

    Otoro (fatty tuna), all the rolls, wonderful high quality sake

    Michelle · March 4
  • Aja B.

    The omakase was amazing. Rivals the sushi in Japan

    Aja Brandman · February 18
  • Harumi U.

    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

    Harumi U · February 14
  • Joey J.

    Scallop Roll, King Crab Roll, Trio of Tartares, Bluefin Tuna Roll, White Miso Soup, Maboroshi "Mystic Falls" Sake

    Joey J · February 8
  • NycGal

    Awesome sushi. Very tasty seaweed salad. Sit at the bar if you can. Adds to the experience..

    NycGal · January 14
  • Kim P.

    Sit at the sushi bar in front of the head chef and order the omakase. Absolutely unreal.

    Kim Pham · January 3
  • julia t.

    High quality sushi, reasonably priced omakase, great ambiance. Go to spot in east village.

    julia t · November 16, 2014
  • Midori W.

    Great sushi, beautiful decor. If you know and appreciate honest sushi and fish you cannot go wrong with the omakase. Great sake selection too.

    Midori W. · November 8, 2014
  • Harry L.

    Omakase was a little disappointing for $85 (check out Sushi Dojo for the best I've had in this price range)

    Harry Lacheen · October 29, 2014
  • Angie T.

    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.

    Angie Tsang · September 5, 2014
  • Charles L.

    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.

    Charles Law · September 5, 2014
  • Abby G.

    sake and get adventurous with the sushi

    Abby G. · September 4, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

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    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • 🌎Eric

    fantastic sushi and the sake cocktail pairs well

    🌎Eric · August 12, 2014
  • Stina P.

    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

    Stina P. · June 29, 2014
  • Leonard L.

    Omakase tasting menu was great but overpriced.

    Leonard L · June 6, 2014
  • Danwen

    Santa Barbara uni.

    Danwen · February 21, 2014
  • Julia B.

    Don't miss the Scallop & Uni cup with both raw and seared Uni

    Julia Benedict · February 20, 2014
  • Judy C.

    Get the makimono omakase, sashimi is fantastic here but don't forget their dessert, matcha tiramisu.

    Judy Cari · February 19, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Green tea ice cream sandwich - Chocolate cookie and marcona almond.

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Selection Of Sushi

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Salmon Skin Roll - With kaiware, cucumber and Japanese pickles.

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Spicy Tuna and Yellowtail Roll - With scallions and cucumbers.

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Large Makimono Rolls - Not that large. Delicious though.

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Mike C.

    Try the Trio Of Tartares - Bluefin tuna, salmon and yellowtail tartare with sweet potato chips. Great.

    Mike Chau · January 29, 2014
  • Er F.

    Can't left without assorted mix of sashimi

    Er Fonseca · December 13, 2013
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Sashimi and sushi are superb, with wasabi grated tableside. For dessert, get jasmine ice cream with chocolate cookies. – Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · December 2, 2013
  • Julia B.

    Sit at the sushi bar with Yoshi and put yourself in his hands

    Julia Benedict · November 20, 2013
  • Lindsey L.

    Michelin Star my ass.

    Lindsey L · September 21, 2013
  • Tara R.

    Great service, friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. I will be back!

    Tara R. · August 17, 2013
  • Alexandra L.

    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.

    Alexandra Leite · August 7, 2013
  • Tatiana D.

    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.

    Tatiana Dorochina · July 18, 2013
  • Geoff K.

    Whatever you do.. Trio Tartare for starters. Always.

    Geoff Kim · July 11, 2013
  • Halstead Property

    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.

    Halstead Property · July 11, 2013
  • Jorge M.

    Awesome food!!! For starters try the seaweed salad and a sake martini.

    Jorge Medina · July 9, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group

    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.

    The Corcoran Group · July 9, 2013
  • Ms H.

    Trio tartare blew my mind! Mushrooms papillote and green tea chocolate ice cream sandwich were very creative too.

    Ms Helen · July 4, 2013
  • Restaurant Fairy

    Try the Snow Crab Sushi

    Restaurant Fairy · June 28, 2013
  • Restaurant Fairy

    Try the Omakase Makimono

    Restaurant Fairy · June 28, 2013
  • Restaurant Fairy

    Try the Mushrooms In Papillote

    Restaurant Fairy · June 28, 2013
  • Restaurant Fairy

    Try the Trio Of Tartares

    Restaurant Fairy · June 28, 2013
  • Restaurant Fairy

    Try the Crispy Rice Topped With Tuna

    Restaurant Fairy · June 28, 2013
  • Time Out New York

    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

    Time Out New York · June 4, 2013

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