Jewel Bako
Jewel Bako

Jewel Bako

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jewelbakosushi.com/
  • Phone: 2129791012
  • 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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Jewel Bako reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)special occasion (23)romantic (22)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (9)good for groups (6)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • 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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  • Simply Yummy
    SushiLuv
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent sushi. Great atmosphere. Easy access location (take Astor Place subway) and efficient service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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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
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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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    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!
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    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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  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    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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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Jewel Bako reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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.
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    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
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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.
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    fit for foodies
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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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the expense
    ToryVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Surprised this kept showing up on "best of" lists. Fish was fresh but server had no idea what she was serving. I asked about an accompaniment on one dish, she said scallions & pickled carrot. It was chives & shaved radish. If you don't know the answer to a diner's question, say so & ask the kitchen. It's a turnoff to make something up. Appetizer never arrived. We asked after the arrival of the main dish & they had forgotten it. "Well, do you still want it?" We were asked. No apology. Omakase came all at once. We basically paid $65 for sushi deluxe. Also, they don't give enough soy sauce (it's planned that way so the diner doesn't drown the fish in it - but the servers there are not attentive enough to know when it's time to provide more.
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  • Amazing!!
    LH8888
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Jewel Bako: incredible food and service - a delight all round.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good-but not as great as hoped
    DanielleP143VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I had been SO excited to try Jewel Bako-had been on my "Restaurant List" for years-but was rather disappointed overall....but I like to lead with positives...soooo: -BEAUTIFUL space. Felt like you were on a cruise ship or some sort of private boat. Something really cool about the minimalistic but well decorated space. Something really special about it. -Great service. And love the amuse bouche to start (we had tuna on crunchy rice) So the not so good... -The seaweed salad was SO salty..hard to eat -Our "SALMON HOBA MISOYAKI - KING SALMON STEAMED WITH THREE TYPES OF MISO, HOBA LEAF AND SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS" came out WAY overcooked-like salmon jerky...so much so that I sent it back -Our sashimi was good, but nothing special....
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  • Delicious
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    What a lovely spot. The food was wonderful. The sushi was fresh and delicious. Warm and thoughtful service. Music playing at a decent level and ver comfortable, pretty place. Looking forward to more meals there!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what it used to be
    Nico
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    unfortunately the service was inattentive and overall the restaurant is not the high caliber fine dining venue it had long been. this was disappointing as the high prices are not compatible to the experience. while the food was good, it was not as delicately prepared as in the past. so sad as this was a neighborhood and city gem. ;-(
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  • The "Jewel" Needs Some Polish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Hadn't been here since it first opened (10 yrs ago?) and remembered a memorable meal. Great vibe/ska soundtrack, but it all comes down to the food and the fish was hit or miss -- that's a disaster for a high end sushi spot. Some of the fish was bland/tasteless and some, the consistency/taste was off. Some was great. We didn't order anything radical (different types of salmon, yellowtail, red tuna, shrimp, eel). Time to polish the Jewel.
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  • Special Occasion Dinner
    dhk300VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We had the sushi only omakase and the highly recommended triple tartar appetizer. The omakase was quite good for its price point. The rice was a bit wanting, and not being a fan of dipping sushi in soy sauce, I thought they were a bit under-seasoned overall however I found that there was great inconsistency in the amount of wasabi in each piece. Some had far too much and others little to none. But I feel it is nitpicking as, over all, it was a very pleasant dining experience. We finished with the three scoops of icecream and a glass of plum wine. The bill was roughly $200, and we were satisfied. I would come back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood "Jewel"
    RayRicoVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Saw this restaurant on the Food Network or Travel Channel and just had to come. Amazing sushi selection, rare fish finds, and a great drink menu! Had a little bit of almost everything and nothing was a disappointment. Definitely coming back again!! Service is very friendly, and the ambiance is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet oasis in the East Village
    Tote
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I have been to Jewel Bako twice now and had a throughly enjoyable experience both times. It is one of the rare places in New York where you can converse with friends and actually hear what is being said. The food is delicious, the atmosphere soothing and the service delightful. The pricing is reasonable if you keep your liquor intake to a minimum. Sake and wine are pretty pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had been excellent in the past
    jackson
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The fish this time around did not seem as fresh as in the past. Enjoyable experience, though, as it's a wonderful room and the staff and service is always excellent.
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  • Uninspired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Unattentive service Uninventive omakase Uninspiring sushi There were four pieces that were simple and very good however the majority was terrible.
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  • The sushi here was fresh,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The sushi here was fresh, inventive and just down right impeccable. The sushis we ordered ranged from the most basic (see Spicy Tuna) to the most complex, yet each was done with the utmost care and the taste really shown through. I would highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for a special occasion or date as it can be pricy depending on what you order (though there are some cheap options as well.)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip it
    Hermes
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Tourist trap. No soul. Mediocre quality. There are now so many good and great sushi options in the city - no reason to spend your time and $ at this one. Sure, its cute but you can't eat cute.
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  • Awesome Sushi Spot in EV
    EastVillageEater
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    One of the better sushi spots in NYC. Very fresh fish, great omakase, and a very cool ambience/vibe.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a great setting
    Wayne
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Exquisite Japanese food in a glisteing setting. Sushi and sashimi highlight a great and interesting menu. Highly recommend for a specail occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Bako needs zen
    DotchompsbrotherVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We tried the makimono omakase for the first time as we saw someone elses on the sushibar and they looked superb. The issue was there was no zen harmony in that it was as though the chef took 'new style' sashimis, similar to Gari, and placed them on top of a large cucumber roll with sesame seeds and a white nori. Had there been ingredients in the roll that tied into the new style sashimi on top that would have been harmonious but there wasn't. Moreover, the pieces were too large to be conducive to eating concomitantly. Aside, we kept getting bumped by the staff and other diners as one of our two chairs was in the aisle. When we asked if the eel was supposed to be cold, we were told no, but not offered a replacement. Fish quality was ok.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic