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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.

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About 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 eleven consecutive years.

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

239 E. 5th St.
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

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

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


Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 979-1012

Website:
http://www.jewelbakosushi.com/

Parking Details:
On street, metered parking.

Public Transit:
6 Train to Astor Place

Executive Chef:
Mitsunori Isoda

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Wine

Jewel Bako Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
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Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (8)
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Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 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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·Dined on November 4, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

take the bar table if you want chef choice

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Trip to NYC

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have been going for years. And for years the staff has been expert. The food is art there.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

In addition to the fantastic sushi, there is unbelievable tempura. The tempura comes from the attached sister restaurant. It's the best tempura I've had in NYC!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Overrated and overpriced. I am happy to pay these prices but for much better food.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was the worst sushi restaurant in NYC, or maybe in the states.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Super fresh, delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. A skilled, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Highly recommend

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I've had better sushi at katsui in park slope for the price point, but fun overall. The music also had several breaks but when it was on it was a good mix.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had appetizers and a sushi entree. The paper hot pot and other appetizers were delicious. The fish was fresh although not memorable, and the sushi rice was serviceable. I wasn't thrilled with the service. It took a long time to take our order, although the couple next to us who arrived after us was attended to very quickly. Maybe we weren't as chic looking. The server was gracious and attentive once he got to us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Uber small and tight seating, louder than an F-16 idling in your driveway and priced for royalty.
Menu absolutely small and limited with NANO PORTIONS presented with a magnifying glass.
Sake WAY overpriced!!
Left with a huge bill and extremely hungry. Went to John's Pizza directly and had a few slices!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is a great place to experience the best of sushi in NYC. The omakase was top notch and the setting is very friendly and not stuffy. Great time highly recommended and the price is affordable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great for drinks. Fantastic ambiance and service. Sushi left much to be desired...very bland.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Jewel Bako is a true gem. Intimate and elegant, this restaurant serves the freshest sushi outside of Tokyo. Service is professional and polite with an undertone of respectful friendliness. We always get the sushi and sashimi omakase and are amazed at the deliciousness - every time. My favorite sushi in the States!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful but I was underwhelmed with the sashimi. It was not cut properly so there were some unchewable parts of the fish. Also not that fresh. Truly disappointed. Not the worth the money....

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Enjoyed the variety in the Omakase and was pleasantly surprised by the sushi range and selection. The dessert was quite good as well. Pricey but I was satisfied and loved the area and interior vibe of the bamboo in the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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 (México)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We really liked the place we asked for an Omakase it was good but not great, we had higher expectations. We liked the list of cocktails. Unfortunately won't go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Order the omakase at the sushi table. Words cannot describe how amazing the experience is. Absolutely perfection.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Getting charged ~$100 for 6 pieces of a la carte sushi was a very unpleasant surprise at the end of an otherwise decent sushi/sashimi dinner in a very nice ambience (this was more than their omakase & the server did not point out price upfront for these off-the-menu items; note that my order included some uni) . I will not be back here and if you decide to go, please make sure you check prices before ordering off-the-menu items. I called the restaurant afterwards to describe my experience, the manager apologized but said the prices were on the menu and even visible on the internet. Not true and not true - all in all you can get much better quality, service and transparency at other high-end sushi restaurants in NYC.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Had the Sashimi and Sushi Omakase. The fish was delicious and very fresh. There were about 15 pieces in total, but we were all still hungry afterwards. At $90/pp that was a little disappointing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Service was great. One of the best sushi values in the city. Great Sake list as well

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

It was good but nothing yummy

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

One of my favorite sushi in the world. Yes, world includes Japan.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Good service, clean, professional, amazing sushi! Take someone special with you and enjoy the food together!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Acapulco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Beautiful sushi and even better service. Food was running a bit behind and we were offered complimentary edamame as well as a pour of house-made plum wine as an apology for the delays at the end of the meal. I'd return anytime.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great sashimi, great ambience, great service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Generally good quality; however, this is a romantic property and men were unbuttoning their shirts which was a tad low close. Good food but nothing special.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing food! This was our second time and it was just as good as the first. Looking forward to our next NYC trip!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent tastings menu. Interesting selections of sashimi and sushi, delicious and high quality. Plentiful meal. Only minor downside is the tables are quite close together. However the food was terrific start to finish.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 15, 2017

A friend from Memphis recommend the restaurant, the head chef trained under a local sushi chef. The sashimi was fantastic, we sat at the sushi bar and chose one of the tasting menus. Our chef educated us on the various fish he served us. Great service, cool vibe. Would take this over Nobu any day.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Sat at Chef's table. $125 tasting menu. Most amazing sushi experience ever and I've eaten a lot of sushi over the years. Sushi was delicious and featured a lot of fish flown fresh from Japan and other places (blue fin tuna from Spain). Fish plus mastery of our chef with creating sushi made every morsel a delicious and truly one-of-kind experience. Watching him create our food was educational and fun. Chef and staff very friendly and engaging. Sake was excellent. Warm inviting atmosphere - cozy feel. Have been to several other notable Michelin star restaurants, but this is now my favorite. My heart is singing. Got good recommendations from chef on where to go in Japan to get sushi - different approaches in different areas. We will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Just continues to remain excellent. We did the omakase sushi and sashimi for the table, and also had some appetizers. Consistently excellent fish, and the service was spot on. May not be as widely trumpeted as some of the other more recent entries to the NYC sushi market, but Jewel Bako just continues to deliver a great night of dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I've eaten at Jewel Bako MANY times. The service and good are always excellent. The atmosphere is cozy; excellent for a date night out.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal. Jewel Bako has all of the luster it did from the start. The service was spot on too.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Incredible experience! I have lived in the East Village for 3 years and am always seeking out new restaurants to try out. This one was blocks away from my apartment and was by far one of the best sushi experiences I've had.
The quality, service and ambiance was memorable. I would love to go back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great Sushi - among the best and freshest in NYC and thats a tough place for great sushi - so much to choose from - this place stands out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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