Jewel Bako
Jewel Bako

Jewel Bako

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jewelbakosushi.com/
  • Phone: (212) 979-1012
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 11:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 6:30pm - 12:00am


    Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Yoshi Kousaka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to Astor Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street, metered parking.
A word from Jewel Bako
Jewel Bako presents traditional sushi in a modern way, offering a seasonally focused assortment of exotic and local fish. The space is warm and intimate, set off by an elegant design of bamboo and mirrored glass; sushi is presented with artistry and balance on various hand crafted French and Japanese plates; and the artisan sakes and hand selected wines delicately enhance the cuisine.

Jewel Bako has proudly earned a Michelin star for eight consecutive years.

Online reservations serve the dining room only; Sushi bar reservations are not available online.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Jewel Bako reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)special occasion (19)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (7)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Superb. Noise level not bad given most NY spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Service and ambience was perfect. Staff very knowledgeable. Food was fantastic. Noise level not too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not well known Michelin star
    endy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    One of the best, freshest sushi places in nyc.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BirthdayBest
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My sister and I actually saw this place on a TV show. We fell in love instantly! I told her I wanted to go for my bday.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food was amazing, service waa great and very polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, delicious sushi
    midsaa
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you like fresh and delicious fish, this is an ideal place. I would recommend it for those who have had sushi enough to know the good from the bad, of course, because it can be a subtle experience. Delightful fish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good sushi nut not really special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    For the price I've had better, but it's still good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disapointment
    tamestheyna
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Neither food or service was as good as previous times we have been
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    excellent cold saki, very good sashimi, the hot fish entre not very good I.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dinning experience
    Laurie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fantastic quality food served in a very artistic manner, for a wonderful experience request to be seated on the bar and go for the chef's menu. Very special. Took my husband for his birthday and he loved the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but I wanted more
    MbsbVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Everything was superb, especially, frankly, atmosphere and service. We had Chef's omakase tasting and everything was excellent but nothing was transcendent. Quality was faultless, but nothing made me close my eyes. It felt, even though it was "omakase," like it was set and pre-planned. Maybe what I felt it lacked was adventurousness. Perhaps it was because we sat at a table and not sushi bar (but, as a party of more than 2, we wanted to be able to speak with each other). Overall I have had sushi and sashimi as good for less money and more stunning for the same or more money. But atmosphere was a step up; service was great, and my guest said it was the best Japanese of his life. But I've had better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazing sushi with a very reasonable price point! Go for the omakase and make sure to call for a seat at the sushi bar. Watching the chefs work is part of the experience. We did the sushi omakase and added a special so it was $100 per person. The sake list is superb and quite reasonable. Altogether still not cheap but given that the quality is one of the best in the city this is a very good option for a fancy sushi dinner. The service is also incredible and they really pay attention to the details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great sushi. Very well decorated. SUPER slow service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Patrickworkman
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have no idea how this place received a Michellin star. All of the dishes from the omakase menu were uninspired. If you're in love with overpriced food from 2001, this is the place for you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top 5 Sushi in NYC
    TribecaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing quality and preparation. It is the best quality fish in NYC and is a top 5 restaurant in NYC - comparable to some of the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    thoughtforfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food did not disappoint, but the service was shockingly bad. We waited more than 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order. Then we waited another 20 minutes for our drinks, and then we sat for 30 minutes before some took our order. The service was incredibly slow. It would have made sense if the place was busy, but there were only 5 or so other tables. I felt terrible for an Italian couple seated next to us. They were completely ignored for 30 minutes. We started timing everything just because it was so outrageous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • omakase all the way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    sit at the sushi bar and opt for the sushi omakase and take the live shrimp option. the next time i go i'll pass on the octopus and the clam sushi since those were a bit tough. the live shrimp is taken apart and the head deep fried and the rest turned into sushi. it was amazing. the only thing i would mention is that the sushi rice was a touch harder than it should be. the uni cup was fantastic, best use of uni i've ever had. service at the sushi bar was amazing. i'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Jewel Bako reviews archive.
  • As good as it gets
    MULLYNYC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wow. Possibly the best sushi experience in NYC. Great place for a date or romantic evening. When I say that everything we had was over the top delicious, I mean it. INCREDIBLE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Huge disappointment. This place has gone downhill in the last few years, I'm sad to say. The rolls are bland and unoriginal. The drinks mediocre at best. Not sure why the servers have such attitude, because there were many empty tables and nothing to be arrogant about.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Yummy
    SushiLuv
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent sushi. Great atmosphere. Easy access location (take Astor Place subway) and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing fresh fish
    Sushi
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Wife's b-day dinner and place did not disappoint, Everyone was attentive and food was great! will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disappointment
    Grimer
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I had Omakase sushi at a table. It was a little disappointment. I can get much better sushi with that price at somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem!
    Nonfoodie132
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My sisters and I were all in town together and decided to dine at Jewel Bako. We enjoyed a most delicious meal in a unique and beautiful dining room and received exceptional service. We chose omekase and we're not disappointed. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and obnoxious
    JonSVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was nothing special. I have had sushi at other places in Manhattan that would put this place to shame, plus the service was like pulling teeth. We arrived at 8 and were seated immediately, but I didn't have a drink in front of me until after 8:30. I felt like we were being ignored by the wait staff. I most likely will not go back since there is a plethora of sushi restaurants in Manhattan.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superior East Side Sushi
    SBL1002VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Jewel Bako is an outstanding Japanese establishment in the East Village. Great place for dinner if you are staying at the Bowery Hotel. Don't miss out on the mushrooms steamed in parchment with truffle oil. Highest quality fish and top shelf service to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20puppies
    20puppiesVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Thr combination of intriguing inviting design( feng shui?) plus best sushi in a while with incredible caroaccio trio appetizer makes this my fave go-to for snappy sushi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi I'm Aware Of
    teamasparagus
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Apparently they fly their fish in from Japan every day, which explains the noteworthy dinner I had here. Without exception the food was delicious. Also, the dessert...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but good
    julili
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was pricey but everything we ordered was good. The uni cup was delicious! The food was really fresh which was probably why it took a while to get our food. I didn't mind the wait though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barracuda!
    CKRob
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I lived next to Jewel Bako for almost 5 years and never once noticed it. I recently moved uptown and was watching a re-run of one of my fav shows, Bizarre Foods w/ Andrew Zimmern on the travel channel. He paid a visit here and raved about it. I always love trying exotic foods that I haven't eaten before and the look on his face coupled with the chef Yoshi's preparation of the daily fresh caught sushi...I was sold! I booked a res and was there within a week. Service is outstanding and personable and the sushi is mouth melting/watering. Highly recommend the barracuda. Will be back soon, undoubtedly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date place
    luv2eatfood
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I took a date here and she loved it. That says it all.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 stars!
    tablefortwo
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Still salivating over the trio of tartares - one of the best Japanese dishes I've ever had. My boyfriend and I shared the sushi roll omakase, which was phenomenal and the perfect amount of food in combination with our amazing appetizer and left a little room for the delicious dessert. The green tea flavor in the tiramisu was a pleasant twist and the plum dessert wine was the perfect pairing. Great service, great ambience. Jewel Bako is definitely at the top of our list of sushi places in the city. Will be back many, many times :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Variety
    GoodFish
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The fish and variety in menu was great. The presentation and quality was worth the small ambience. If you want a good night out, local eccletic environment andgood fish definitely go to Jewel Bako
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small spot
    OxfordVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've been eyeing Jewel Bakp for quite some time now. We finally decided to book a table, and it was worth the wait! Great, fresh sushi, including the best spicy tuna roll I've ever tasted and just a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi ok
    LuvDateAndDinner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The place is small with simple but noticeable design idea, but feels like it needs renovation. The menu is expensive for this restaurant comparing to other upscale sushi places. Small table wouldn’t feet more than 3 plates, so if you like to eat there will be no place to put plates, and we got the second table attached to put some extra dishes. One thing I didn’t like is there was no soy sauce on the tables, very unusual for sushi restaurant! Waiter brings it for you at request and fills your small tray only and takes the bottle back. I ended up eating sushi without soy sauce. For this reason I will not be back after paying $200 for two and food didn’t feel any special.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    JustOKVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Used to be better several years ago. The food and experience was more special, my last meal was average and probably a little overpriced for average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a Michelin Quality Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    For a Michelin star rated restaurant I was expecting a phenomenal high-end dining experience. What I got was average (at best) food and impersonal service. Our waiter maybe spoke two words to us the entire time. The dressing on the seaweed salad tasted like paste, not even close to the sesame vinaigrette described on the menu. We also ordered the assortment of sushi plate and when the waiter put the plates down he walked away without even telling us which fish was which - it was would have been nice for the waiter to take 1 min to go over the dish. The dish also came with a "chef's special roll" which was just a plain salmon roll that literally make me gag. Just not worth the $200+ - for the same $, go to Kyo Ya around the corner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We did the sushi omakase. It was good but of the other omakases I've had in the city, I didn't find the one at Jewel Bako to be anything special. Lots of fun/different sake options here though! Overall- happy to have tried it, but probably won't be back anytime soon with all the options in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional sushi done right
    DineswithFriends
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Both times I've been to Jewel Bako, the liveliness of the restaurant provides a beautiful backdrop to the dining experience-- the sensibility and aesthetics of the well-constructed atmosphere make a perfect pairing with the sensory experience of eating the sushi-- well designed and deceptively simplistic. Omakase at the bar is the way to go-- king salmon, scallop, sweet shrimp, barracuda and the medium fatty tuna are the must-orders! Staff is super attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always amazing
    JasonR
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    If you love sushi - this is the place. Everything is incredibly fresh, presentation is flawless and service is impeccable. This will become your go-to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Jewel Bako
    ScaryChoeVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    JB was outstanding as always! Lovely presentation of the Omokase sushi & sashimi platters. Each piece of exotic fish was so fresh, melted in our mouths. Serving size of each piece was portioned perfectly vs being cut too large which can detract from flavor. The amuse bouche of bluefin tuna on crispy rice was a delectable contrast of the crunchiness of the perfectly flavored rice coupled with the sublime and velvety texture of the tuna. Complimentary dessert of an tea ice cream sandwich served between 2 chocolate shortbread cookies dusted with match powder & chocolate-covered almonds was a perfectly delicate end to a 4-star rated dining experience. Will continue to recommend to all my friends & can't wait to return as JB never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine sushi and sake
    Dorsia
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Order a bottle of the "Demon Slayer" sake regardless of the price - it is the absolute best. Would highly recommend the trio of tartare appetizer. Overall, deliciously fresh fish and a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.