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Jewel Bako
Jewel Bako

Jewel Bako Details

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


    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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Jewel Bako: incredible food and service - a delight all round."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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. ;-("
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Jewel Bako is a jewel box in a true sense - gorgeous milled wood interior funnels back to a dark green marble stone sushi bar, where chefs create unexpected omakase. I had not tried many of the flavor combinations before, and the fish was impeccably delicious. They also have affordable and delicious sake options to compliment your meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Second time here and everything was excellent as usual."
    Dined on 3/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Unattentive service Uninventive omakase Uninspiring sushi There were four pieces that were simple and very good however the majority was terrible."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Exquisite Japanese food in a glisteing setting. Sushi and sashimi highlight a great and interesting menu. Highly recommend for a specail occasion."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "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.)"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "One of the better sushi spots in NYC. Very fresh fish, great omakase, and a very cool ambience/vibe."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "food was great and we were there early. only issue is that felt like getting rushed through even though started at 6:30 and no one there. all of our stuff came at once and didnt wait for course finished. ended up pulling empty table next to us to put extra plates on."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Very fresh fish, perfect custard-styled tamago, and wonderful staff. Oddly, it is filled with more amateur couples on their first few dates than those who appreciate really good sushi, judging by the preponderance of maki rolls served and an ambiance that borders on obnoxiously loud at times. The omakase sushi / sashimi is an excellent value. If ordering a la carte, go for the underappreciated species and you will be rewarded with the chef's special touches. I have been to all the top Japanese restaurants in the city, and this is the one that I have made my regular."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Jewel Bako is a fantastic little (very small) sushi spot in the east village. It's romantic and the tasting menu was superb."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The food waa impeccable. There is a huge difference between $20 sushi and $40 sushi in terms of its delicacy and sweetness. If you dont like wasabi, let the waiter know because they put a dab of it on each piece of sushi. The service was really good, but maybe a little too attemtive for people who also want to talk to each other. Great experience!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Food, service and atmosphere were impeccable as always, and the prices are very reasonable for the quality, especially for Japanese cuisine."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We went here as a group of four adults & two teenagers. Service was consistently swift but unobtrusive. Menu is very straightforward - sushi/sashimi by-the-piece or the choice of a few sets. The sets are (as usual) better value than the individual pieces, but this place is by most measures pretty expensive. I think we spent $600 for six of us on food plus a few beers. The toro was exceptional."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Very nice spot to eat good sushi. Nice and friendly staff, good sake selection. Nice prices too. A must to try! Highly recomended"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Everything was good but nothing special and certainly not for the price. This one is forgettable."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "We had not been here for a long time and were happy to return. Food and service outstanding. Not cheap, but a wonderful dinner. We will be back."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "We had roasted mushrooms which were decent, and the sushi omakase. Service was very good but the sushi was not up to par considering this restaurant has Michelin stars. The sushi rice was too hard and chewy and the sushi was falling apart. Flavor combos were balanced."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "THE WOREST SUSHI SPOT I HAVE EVER BEEN TO IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. I pay top notch for good food, but the food here was horrible, it tasted nasty, way too overpriced and the waitresses' were LIARS!! DO NOT GO HERE"
    Dined on 8/24/2013