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Jewel Bako

4.5
335 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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 thirteen consecutive years.

Online reservations serve the dining room only; Sushi bar reservations are not available online.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Friday & Saturday: 6:30pm - 11:30pm


Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(212) 979-1012
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mitsunori Isoda
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Catering
Call for details
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.
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Parking details
On street, metered parking.
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Public transit
6 Train to Astor Place
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

This is about as high quality sushi as you can find anywhere in this city. As Chromeo mentions, fish is FedExed in daily from Japan.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 335 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
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3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The WORST experience EVER. After a 2 hour wait we got our food, yeah good fish, horrible service, NEVER AGAIN.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service and ambience are what you would expect of a Michelin star restaurant, but unfortunately, the food was not. For $75 pp, the sushi omakase comes with a mere nine pieces. The pieces are too large to be traditional sushi pieces, which makes them challenging to eat. What's more, the rice was way too dry. The rice crumbled and fell out of the bottom of each piece. In sum, the price is too high for the number of pieces provided, and the rice is not the quality of what should be served for the price or prestige. The service and the atmosphere are nice. Won't be returning.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Meh... foodie here... I have done all the NYC spots like masa, Gari, neta, zenkichi, morimoto, etc..... funny tummy after meal and while the fish tasted fresh was underwhelmed by the “omakase” . At this price point I was expecting something different. felt like a $90 sushi deluxe. Really wanted to like this place but the bites were just fish to me. raw octo was solid.... only memorable piece of fish.... would not go back

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

If you are looking for a small and intimate absurdly overpriced sushi restaurant where the portions are small and you'd need to spend over $350 for a meal for two, look no further than this Michelin winning restaurant. Expense account or not, I'd much rather have a filling quality sushi dinner where $20 worth of food doesn't cost 20 times that and donate the rest to charity. The prices are obnoxious and no minuscule portions of fresh fish that would leave someone with anorexia walking out hungry is worth dining here. This explains why there was a maximum of 13 people in the restaurant dining at any given time with 3 men, impeccably dressed in business attire, serving the patrons. I couldn't imagine recommending Jewel Bako to other Fortune 500 executives nor celebrities who are hungry for a rational and enjoyable dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was incredible, staff was knowledgable and super friendly.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We all wanted to see the space as it was in our friend's old business space approximately about 20 or more years ago. Six of us went to celebrate two birthdays. We all ordered the Omakase at the table and it was a reasonable price but felt it was just not Omakase as other restaurants offer. We were a little disappointed. The sashimi and the sushi were fresh except the giant clam. One of us is a vegan and was able to order stuff from the menu. Will most likely not go back.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Friendly sushi chef. Super fresh and tasty. On the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Took 1 hr 30 mins to get sushi from the time we sat down. Also Took 20 mins to get the bill when we were finished. Entire dinner broke close to 3 hrs.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great atmosphere, cool vibes from this place.
Pros: sushi was awesome, rolls were Yuge!
Cons: We were one of the last reservations, but they stuck us next to one other couple, so it felt like we were on a double date. But they made up for it by letting us sit there after they had closed, felt like we had a private room.
Overall, good place for some pretty good sushi

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was good and the service was amazing

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything, including food and service, was top notch. The only issue is that the fixed bench seats against the wall are too low and uncomfortable. It appeared that the staff were well aware of the issue. The restaurant could easily fix the problem at a very small cost.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

It’s our go-to. Excellent service and always a chic vibe.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

An amazing restaurant. Probably the best sushi I have ever had. A true hidden gem. 10/10 would recommend for date night, friends get together, intimate dinner, etc.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

The service is outstanding and decor is great! Good & intimate ambience. But the taste of the sushi was pretty ordinary for the prices . Our bill was $348 for 2 ( 1 sake & 2 beers, no appetizer, just omakase) for the taste of sushi that we could have gotten for $180 )

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Classic Japanese food well done and presented, plus with some delicious additional tastes. Excellent and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service and amazing sushi. This was my fifth time dining at Jewel Barko, still want to go back. They have the best omakase in town.

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1.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Birthday party!0 star!

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Did not live up to Michelin star. Subpar appetizers and only decent sushi. Rice was falling apart.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent service and high quality sushi. Little more expensive but worth it

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Really lovely dishes, elegant and soothing space and stellar service - the best service I've had in New York in recent memory!

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

I've been here before, and this time was not as good. The rice was falling apart of the sushi and the temperature on the raw fish wasn't right. Even with their friendly staff, sadly I didn't enjoy my meal this time.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Beautiful decor, wonderful food! Service exceptional as well. Great experience.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Best Omakase in NY

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We had to wait 25 minutes before anyone served us and we saw other tables get food many times over, not even water. Then they bring miso soup an hour in and spilled all over us and the table. Didn’t even wipe the table after just used one of our napkins and didn’t bring us a new napkin. Had to ask twice. The food took an hour and 45 minutes to come. Pretty terrible and it wasn’t very good - very chewy pieces only 3 pieces of tuna in their $95 enhanced sashimi platter. They offered to take money off the bill and took off $10. Terrible

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Went to Jewel Bako for my sushi-loving dads 70th bday. The only negative thing is can say is it’s a tight space and we had 2 large men with us. However, the negativity stops there. This place is pretty outstanding. Fish was on another level, fresh and different. Service and specifically our waiter was on point with his recommendations (both food and drink) and super nice and accomodating. Overall my family was super happy with this place. If you are a true sushi lover, this is a spot you must try.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food

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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Even though I requested a table near the sushi bar two months ago when I made my reservation, the hostess said she couldn’t seat me there, though there were two empty seats there for over an hour. We waited over ten minutes with our menus and a wobbly table before our server came over. Instead of explaining the menu (it was our first time) he asked if we were “ready” for what I don’t know because we didn’t have drinks. We asked him to explain the menu and when he did we decided on the omakase which is 125 each. The five course meal was fine, not filling enough for the price. I had one drink that night and was never asked again if I wanted another. The service is not good here and overall I felt ripped off. This place might’ve been good in the past and that’s where it ends.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Deliciously fresh sushi and great service. The Nigoei sake & specialty cocktails were yummy too. Will be back again

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing as always! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the fish is super fresh.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Creative food, warm service, cozy. Had Japanese sea urchin and it greatly exceeded my expectation. Had the mochi icecream with a lit candle as my birthday surprise. Overall highly enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

This was my 186th Michelin star and it was well worth a Michelin star. I had the chef’s omakase dinner and it was worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Japanese sushi at its best! Never had a better sushi experience, mysticism all over the place. Fascinating, eat at the sushi bar and go for the chef’s omakase.

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2.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Overpriced and under impressive. Service is not aligned to Japanese standards. Fresh wasabi was nice.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Waited over 40 minutes for our sushi to arrive and was freezing by the door
Good quality sushi but avoid busy nights

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food in a hectic setting, the staff was ok but not more.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

One of the best and most innovative sushi restaurants in manhattan. Amazing wine list, great food, and always good service.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Ordered sushi and sashimi omakase and the fish was so fresh. The red snapper simply melts in your mouth. Amazing atmosphere! I will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

take the bar table if you want chef choice

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Trip to NYC

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