Jewel Bako

4.6
426 reviews
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Sushi
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 fourteen consecutive years.

Online reservations serve the dining room only; Sushi bar reservations are not available online.

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.
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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing with the small critique that they mentioned one of our entrees came with soup or salad. We also ordered the mixed vegetable appetizer. We had been debating between soup or salad and decided on salad but then comes both. We though it was a treat. The salad was very basic - pea shoots with a spoonful of dressing. Then comes the vegetables and the exact salad is included. We get the check and see we were charged an additional $6 for the first pea shoot salad that came out. We wish they would have checked in to clarify as it should stick out to a server this is not something someone would intentionally double order. A bit of a let down for such a high end expensive place. We didn’t mention this to the servers because $6 is nothing on a $200+ bill, but it should have been more clear.

That said, the fish was so fresh, particularly the Scottish salmon was delicious and the service was lovely! Also the architecture and interior design sets a great mood. Our wine was superb as well.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best omakase ive had in the city! Amazing food and nice quiet atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi I’ve had in NYC. I was lucky enough to get a seat at the sushi bar, and it was amazing to see the chef and staff at work. The service was spectacular, all of the seafood was incredibly fresh, and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. Everything was incredible, it’s my go-to sushi place when visiting New York!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service was and continues to be absolutely amazing. The best sushi in all the tri stare area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent!!
Great food!! A very special sushi!!!

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They were a little slow getting us seated, but once we were our server was very attentive and very accommodating. The food was excellent and very much worth the price we paid. I would gladly dine here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Uncomfortable seating

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H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sushi with a sushi chef who is very obviously dedicated to his craft and to customers have an enjoyable and educational meal. We’ll be returning often.

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WP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

For a michelin star, We expected a lot more. Space is tiny and cramped.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great desert!
Did I say great! We love every minute in jewel bako

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BS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food: presentation, taste, variety of choice - all were amazing. Food was fresh and is apparently flown in daily. Smaller restaurant is very cool but service was slow as waiters had too many tables to handle. Staff was friendly though. Worth the wait though for the food. Outstanding save the slow service.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was as anticipated (delicious and beautifully presented) and the whale-like interior skeleton of the restaurant was amazing while slightly challenging ethically - but - the service completely sucked! Zero Stars. While we'd expect a little bit of service attitude from a well appointed restaurant like JB our server was, frankly, arrogant and lacked any basic communication skills. We weren't allowed to order incrementally - we were told we had to order the entire menu including desert at the beginning. We ordered way too much as a result and our table at times resembled an LA freeway in rush hour rather than a Michelin star restaurant dining experience.

It just wasn't enjoyable.

Maybe if you are the submissive do what you are told kind of diner then this is the place for you - but JB can give us BJ for the crappy service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. We did the tasting menu and everything we received was delicious. Atmosphere was great, definitely recommend to others.

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WV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent sushi

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The fish was very fresh and the sake delicious. However the sushi rice was not of the highest quality- it broke apart too readily which was not the quality one would hope for in such a Michelin starred restaurant

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insane experience! The owners and his staff were hands down the best restaurant staff I’ve ever had. The sushi was unreal and melted in your mouth. They treated us with so much respect and gave us royal treatment for my girlfriends birthday. This place is somewhere you need to go!

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NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing experience for a Michelin restaurant. Two of the three guests found fish bones, an inch in length in their sushi. All three of us had ordered the Omakase and my sister found two bones and I found one. We told the waiter but he did nothing and said OK. It’s not what I expected. I’ve never experienced bones in my sushi and sashimi in any Japanese restaurant.

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i
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Jewel Bako was a last minute choice - I needed to eat somewhere relatively finer with a very short notice.

Unfortunately, Jewel Bako managed to underperform my already-low expectations.

Upon entering the restaurant at 8:57pm for my 9pm reservation, I was asked to wait in a side room for 25 minutes before being seated for my confirmed 9pm reservation - and this is not the most underwhelming fact about this restaurant yet.

So at around 9:30pm I was finally seated in a cramped room, with me and my companion occupying a space that at most amortizes to 10 square feet at most, with a table that could hardly hold the menus.

Food served was fine - nothing was particularly appealing or appalling, but far from Michelin standards. For two persons with the omakase (which I regret getting - the food here is not that good), drinks, and tips, each of us paid $160, which was not worth the price. Sushi omakase was served on a big plate rather than individually presented. Food was not bad, but cannot adjust $160pp.

Service was better than I expected. You would expect them to not fold tablecloths in a cramped space like this - I was wrong. They made my half bottle of champagne free since it took them 15 minutes to retrieve it, which was a nice touch.

Overall, I do not recommend Jewel Bako to any serious diners. Getting a few drinks with some high quality food is a good choice, but the place is way too cramped to justify sitting down here and having the full omakase menu.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very quiet, good for date night, delicious food, but felt like it was a bit stiff. Very quiet soft music, soft spoken staff with full suits, overly fancy. Need to find ways to make it more fun, relaxed.

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HJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome night- food was phenomenal and service was wonderful! I can’t wait to go back

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Waiting staff were pleasant and attentive. However, head sushi chef was very rude and managed to offend multiple parties throughout the evening.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the Michelin star. Attention to detail is amazing; this isn’t your neighborhood sushi spot so no California rolls.

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T
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Only so-so, for a one Michelin star I had a bit higher expectation. My seat cushion felt like it’s been sat on for many years. I ended up sitting on my coat for some cushioning. Food was good, but quality seemed a bit lacking. Maybe if we paid up to sit at the chefs counter it would have been a much better experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I was excited to try Jewel Bako but was massively disappointed with the quality of the sushi. One of the worst sushi meals I’ve had in Manhattan in 20 years living here. Lighting was too bright and the server got my order completely wrong. I won’t be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and outstanding experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere!

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fish is really tender. Great place for raw fish. Music is too loud for my taste..

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Family Holiday party

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mushrooms soup not good

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MJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch sushi

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. Some of the best fish I've had in NYC!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible fish and seafood prepared just right, in the traditional Edo style. The service and atmosphere were wonderful. It was our second time at Jewel Bako and definitely will return for many more delightful sushi dinners. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great and service was good. However, the space is SO SMALL and uncomfortable that I would not recommend it. Service staff bumps into the chairs every time they go by and I get it...the space is cramped. There is no space between tables so forget a private conversation. I wish they would consider removing tables to make it comfortable for the diners!

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AQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a delicious meal at Jewel Bako. I spent my birthday with friends and was given exceptional service by the staff. The food should not be missed, it’s definitely an east village jewel.

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AU
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular in every way! Showing up as the restaurant opened and having a seat at the sushi counter for the Omakase menu, and interacting with the chef on a 1:1 basis was an absolutely highlight. The sushi was spectacular, the sake delectable and the service impeccable. Would highly recommend the restaurant.

The extra course we requested at the end of the meal was a bit pricey (the server should have informed us that is was a $55 per person for a single piece of sushi given the Omakase menu was $125 per person) but it did not dampen our spirits too much. Diners should just be cautious when asking for an extra course!

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SC
Salt Lake City
52 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is as good as the design of the space; that is to say, excellent! We stumbled on it, looking for sushi in the area, and were impressed by the way a normally deep, narrow dining room was transformed into a stylish space using simple curves. The sushi bar and visible prep areas were also very simply but tastefully designed; extremely functional but artistic. It almost had a Danish feel to it; clean, stylish, functional. The sushi was delicious, and the sake selection was extensive. It's nice to have such good Japanese food in a neighborhood known for world-class cocktail bars.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Rushed, expensive

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s
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good but not sure the price is worth it.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was the best meal we’ve ever had. The staff was attentive and fun. We sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chef was chatting with us and made the whole experience super enjoyable. This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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B
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great sushi at affordable price compared to other Michelin star sushi spots. Wine and service was just ok.

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