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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

Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve at Jewel Bako

Jewel Bako will offer a Multi Course Omakase Tasting Menu for 250.00 exclusively at the sushi bar, prepared by our Head Chef Mitsunori Isoda. Space is limited to twelve guests for the evening. We will just require a credit card deposit of 50%to hold the reservation. Reservations cancelled less than 48 hours in advance will be charged 100.00 per seat.

We will offer our regular menu in the dining room throughout the evening.

Jewel Bako Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (14)
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Special Occasion (11)
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Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Fun (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Casual (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Seasonal (1)
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Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Best Omakase in NY

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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·Dined on November 16, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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