Jewel Bako

4.6
383 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 thirteen consecutive years.

Online reservations serve the dining room only; Sushi bar reservations are not available online.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

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

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


Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(212) 979-1012
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mitsunori Isoda
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.
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Parking details
On street, metered parking.
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Public transit
6 Train to Astor Place
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 383 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except the rice.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful omakase! Such a treat! One of the best in the city! I would easily recommend.

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was overall amazing. The reason I gave it three stars is that they ended the omakase with the worst clam soup I’ve ever had. The bad taste of this one dish ruined the meal for me. Too pricey to end like that. But the rest of the meal was amazingly fresh and delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

service is slow but sushis are really good.
38$ menu might be the best value

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most incredible meals we’ve experienced in New York! The food was delicious!

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j
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is attentive, the food beautifully prepared with the highest quality of fish. An outstanding meal.

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PW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sushi is fairly priced and good, but far from exceptional.
Very disappointed by the mushroom and clams soup: it is nicely presented but far too pricey for what is a clear soup with ONE clam and a few regular cut Mushrooms. I felt robbed.
Service could be improved and is definitely not worth what one would normally expect from a one star-rated restaurant’

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Myeh, won’t go back unless I can sit at sushi bar

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you sit at the sushi bar I have one piece of advice: shut up and let the chef do his work.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve ever had, best dessert I’ve ever had. Great chefs, absolutely no complaints at all.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The e service was top! Kai was amazing from beginning to end!

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i
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was beautiful, service was outstanding, courteous and very professional. Interesting wine and sake list, very knowledgable servers. As for the food, keep your expectations moderate and you will enjoy your meal. I was perhaps expecting too much.

The sushi was good, but I didn't leave feeling it unusually succulent or flavorful. The yellowtail was tasty, but most of the other pieces were ordinary. The rice was a problem, as it wasn't very sticky. The amuse bouche, a fried rice ball with salmon on top, was pretty to look at but a bit starchy, not the sort of light bite that whets one's' appetite.

It was good, but I don't think the food was as wonderful as the ambience.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service! I totally recommend omakase tasting menu.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ambiance is very neat. The presence of mirrors make the cozy, close quartered and tube-shaped room feel bigger than it is. Drinks and food were service promptly but I never felt like I was being pushed out of the door.

Food was also excellent and the Chef's tuna crisp special of the night were a highlight of the meal that i recommend they put on the full menu.

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CS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere with arching bamboo. Venue has two sides, tables far enough apart for intimacy although when a group of four are having a lively conversation a few tables away, unfortunately it can be quite distracting. The servers were very serene, polite and attentive and the food was exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Birthday Alice! it was great sitting at the bar for omakase tasting menu. fantastic food with excellent service, the sushi was truly delicious, melted in your mouth. watching the chef prepare everything and Introducing each sushi was awesome.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, but there is a little doubt that it's worth the correct value.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem ! The menu offers so many delicious dishes it’s very hard to chose but whatever you pick you won’t regret it.

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C
Memphis
31 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite sushi place to hit in NYC! Great service and amazing tasting menu.

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Well I might have caught them on a bad night, but the service was nowhere near what could be expected at a michelin restaurant. after I was seated, it turned out that there was a double booking of the seats at the kitchen bar, which resulted in a lot of commotion, that did not just affect the already seated people at the kitchen bar and the people who replaced them once that the first seating was asked to leave, but more or less every diner was aware of what was going on.
During dinner, it was also quite evident that more than once, the communication to the kitchen that I was ready for the next serving was lacking, since twice I waited 25 min. plus between servings and on top of that my glasses both water and champagne more than once was allowed to be empty due to lack of focus. Considering that there was almost as many waiters as guests one should think it possible to uphold a certain standard.
The food was for the most part average (it is a michelin star restaurant), the highlights were 1. The serving with a Scallop that was cooked to perfection 2. Sashimi, it was fresh and nicely cut.
However there was two specific courses that quite shocked me and felt like a 7 year old could have done as good a job, 1. the nigiri serving has such poorly crafted rice under the fish, that it feel apart when touching the soy sauce. 2. I was served piece of fried fish with a jello-y sauce that had some kind of seaweed in it. The sauce was kind of tasteless and the fish was crisp but extremely dry in the middle.
Now I could have chosen to complain at the restaurant, which I did not, simply because it all made me be in such a bad mood about the whole experience, that at the end I was just anxious to leave.
I do hope for their sake that this was just an all together unlucky night, but for me, this was be far the worst ever experience I have had at a michelin star restaurant, so much so that based on my visit, I am shook that Jewel Bako has been awarded a star.

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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Fabulous service. 10/10 would recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I can't recommend Bakko. There are dozens of better sushi values in Manhattan. Price here is high for what you get with very small cuts. The atmosphere wasn't bad but service severely lacking, they had two urban hipster waiters more concerned about their look than delivering service. A true test of an authentic sushi joint is the rice, and Bakko's was off.

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RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The rolls were nothing special had more rice than fish. Expected more. Omakse was good.

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AM
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal. The service was unmatched and the food was incredible.

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KV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in NY, hands down! Totally recommend it

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good sushi, fresh , inventive, and a very good service m. I recommend greatly

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dedicated wait staff

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NR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and inventive menu. The sushi is phenomenal, as is the selection of appetizers.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was fine. Nothing really wowed me, and there are probably a whole host of other Japanese restaurants I'd go to before I'd return to Bako. More than anything, the height difference between the booth seat and the table was really off putting. It greatly subtracted from the meal when your sitting so low it's uncomfortable to rest your hands on the table.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing.

First, the food was only “okay.” I have had comparable sushi at run-of-the-mill sushi restaurants. The crisped-rice in our amuse bouche had a decidedly stale texture. The edamame was totally average. The yasai appetizer was overly complicated and not flavorful. The miso soup was nothing special. The sushi was forgettable.

Second, the service was a bit awkward and our sushi took forever to come out after we finished our apps. Nobody apologized or even recognized the delay.

Finally, the price was exorbitant.

I will avoid this place at all costs in the future.

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While the fish is decent enough, the rice fell apart and not of the best quality, the seaweed is also mediocre. There are better options for omakase in NYC.

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G
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn’t been here in a long time but we were very pleased with the evening. The yellow tail appetizer was outstanding. We had the $38 sashimi and $38 sushi for our mains and thought they were very good. Very fresh fish and very good value for the quality of the dinner. Two steps up from the neighborhood sushi place. Great sake list without crazy markups.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit at the bar for omakase, it's delicious and so much more fun and impressive. You get to watch them prepare everything, and the precision and care is amazing!

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SG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I liked the design, very chic. The servers were trying too, but the place was so packed, it were causing the delay of the food. We ordered tasting menu, it was ok. We sat at the table, not the bar.
Usually michelin star restaurants do not pack the place to a point when they cant provide 5 star service.
I did not see anything special about the place. Probably will not be coming back.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service was decent. I think for what they offer, it's a bit overpriced. But, overall a decent place to dine.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi place!!!!!

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FK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is unfortunately nothing special - we usually dine weekly in a michelin restaurant and this one makes the bottom of the list. Mushroom appetizer is great, but the sushi is nothing special. Would prefer Zuma over this one all the time.... Service is extremly professional - thumps up!

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EM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went wanting great food, a place that looked elegant, I could hear my friends talk and was in the east village. Loved this place - hit all the notes.

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LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The rice does not stick

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