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.
The WORST experience EVER. After a 2 hour wait we got our food, yeah good fish, horrible service, NEVER AGAIN.
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.
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
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.
Food was incredible, staff was knowledgable and super friendly.
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.
Friendly sushi chef. Super fresh and tasty. On the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.
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.
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
The food was good and the service was amazing
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.
It’s our go-to. Excellent service and always a chic vibe.
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.
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 )
Classic Japanese food well done and presented, plus with some delicious additional tastes. Excellent and friendly service.
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.
Birthday party!0 star!
Did not live up to Michelin star. Subpar appetizers and only decent sushi. Rice was falling apart.
Excellent service and high quality sushi. Little more expensive but worth it
Excellent food and service!
Really lovely dishes, elegant and soothing space and stellar service - the best service I've had in New York in recent memory!
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.
Beautiful decor, wonderful food! Service exceptional as well. Great experience.
Best Omakase in NY
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
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.
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.
Deliciously fresh sushi and great service. The Nigoei sake & specialty cocktails were yummy too. Will be back again
Amazing as always! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the fish is super fresh.
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.
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.
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.
Overpriced and under impressive. Service is not aligned to Japanese standards. Fresh wasabi was nice.
Waited over 40 minutes for our sushi to arrive and was freezing by the door
Good quality sushi but avoid busy nights
Amazing food in a hectic setting, the staff was ok but not more.
One of the best and most innovative sushi restaurants in manhattan. Amazing wine list, great food, and always good service.
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.
take the bar table if you want chef choice
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