Jewel Bako

4.7
464 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.
What 464 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Much too expensive for the quality. My neighborhood sushi joint is a fraction of the cost and of similar quality.

LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. An east village classic. Nice to see Jewel Bako has maintained it's high standards through the years.

A
Philadelphia
251 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall. Highly recommended.

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

Food was amazing. Staff was very friendly and paid attention to every detail. Ambiance was superb and just watching the chefs prepare the food is memorizing. Definitely would recommend sitting at the bar for the complete experience!

AC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food is tepid and uninspiring. The sushi chef treats every guest as a sushi novice, setting up all the old-fashioned etiquette. Service is perfunctory. Sake list is limited and with mediocre choices. Fish is claimed to be mostly from Japan but lack freshness and tastefulness comparing to other top sushi restaurants in the city. The price is not commensurate with the food and is in the expensive range.

NH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the food was good but found the service sort of disinterested in serving. also very overpriced for the quality. there are much better options for this price range that i would recommend.

AM
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! DELICIOUS food and great service. I recommend getting a seat at the chef’s table if possible. I’ll be back soon!!

M
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sushi with exquisite service, located in a unique setting! Can't wait to head back.

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best sushi we have had in New York. The service was outstanding, everyone was so friendly and attentive. We had a truly great dining experience from start to finish.

E
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service I’ve ever had! There was a power outage when I came in, and the staff was so organized and calm that I had 100% confidence in them providing a stellar experience. Beautiful presentation and quality of the food. I had the sushi and sashimi omakase. My only regret is that I was too full to order more.
The atmosphere was light and the restaurant’s design made the space feel intimate without being cramped despite how close the tables were. I would go back in a heartbeat.

R
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Maybe I should have sat at the bar - but bar was tasting only so thought I would try a table. Unfortunately, very noisy (maybe an aberration?) which really took away from the experience. For example, hard to communicate with the servers. And little things - not being offered fresh wasabi whereas the next table was for a similar meal (for the prices, would expect...), no ice for the small bottle of sake so it was warm by the end of the meal, etc. And though the fish was good, I expected better at a Michelin starred restaurant - not up to the standards of my benchmarks, Oma in San Francisco and Yashin in London.

Maybe just an off night, might try again, but given how many options there are in NYC, not sure...

D
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jewel Bako never disappoints. The food and service are sublime.

CL
Montana
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seats in the dining room but were able to upgrade to the sushi bar, where we had an omakase experience that shows how richly Jewel Bako deserves its long-standing reputation. Excellent sake list as well.

KB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Omakase sushi was very good, the fish was fresh and the portion was big and it wasn't too expensive

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the $135 tasting menu. One could eat and have a delicious meal more economically. Great care was put into our meal. I enjoyed it but found it expensive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ottimo sushi e ottima carta dei vini

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good over priced took wayyy to long res was at 7 didn’t get my bill till 920

PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, recommend to all who likes sushi.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend for the prestige omakase. Suffice to say we were both mind blown - quality of the fish, the presentation, the vibe, the service. Unreal and so quietly tucked away from sight! Will be going back for sure. If you want a quick trip to Tokyo without leaving the East Village, this is your spot.

CC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The sashimi was great, the service was correct. I recommend it!

j
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience. The sushi is excellent, and the service impeccable.

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

👌🏻 lovely chef and waiter

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was good but the service was pretty slow. That being said the waiter was nice and helpful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Calidad precio algo elevado

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B
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place was very fancy and the decor was cool! Staff was attentive since the place was small and well staffed but the quality of the sushi was very average but they charged authentic mid-town sushi price. The cooked food was better.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most incredible fish I’ve ever had. My favorite sushi in NYC.

Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and exceptional service time and time again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Freshness, service and taste all excellent.

AY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We went late on a Saturday night as things were unwinding. The service was very gracious and attentive but was rather disorganized. The staff made several mistakes with the orders but provided complimentary add-ons to compensate. The ambiance was pleasant and conducive to a small celebration. The food was good and creative but pricey. This is probably not a place for someone who would not be able to discern very good sushi from great sushi.

NY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Always really good food. Given that the place was almost empty, service was surprisingly slow and distracted.

b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best sushi experience I’ve had, including in Japan. Definitely in my top five meals - several decades worth of dinners.
We ordered omakase and it was incredible. The fish couldn’t have been any fresher and the chef staged each piece so that the next highlighted different flavor and texture profiles.

Sake was perfect, too.

If you can swing the price, splurge on the 14 piece omakase

c
London
87 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite sashimi and sushi. My only criticism is that I asked for a substitute for the mackerel but didn’t get it.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my son who adores sushi

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As a Michelin 1 Star sushi house, it did not mete curiously prepare the dishes. The sushi chef threw fishes on the preparation board, not carefully and with full attention put them. The 1st course dish was put on top of the sushi preparation board before being served to customers, giving filthy feeling to customers. Much more attention to dishes, during preparation and serving, is in need.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely recommend the Omakase here. It was so amazing (and honestly, very filling) I didn’t want it to end. My friend and I also ordered the spicy scallop hand roll and the negitoro handroll, both of which were absolutely amazing.

a
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Believe the 3 star reviews. Very pedestrian. Very disappointed. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable.
Also, they try to turn the tables as quick as possible, so be prepared for extremely fast service

AH
Oaxaca
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely recommend this restaurant, the quality of the sushi is amazing and the service is great. Small restaurant. However much more expensive that what I thought it would be. average nigiri price is 15 dollars per piece.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been disappointed.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
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.

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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