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239 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Third Ave.
I Have Been Hooked
By chiway on 6/27/2008
Spending an evening at the sushi bar at this sushi haven is divine. Sit back, relax with a bottle of sake from their wonderful selection, and watch Chef Yoshi bounce around the sushi bar in a frenzy, serving you piece by piece of some of the finest fish in NYC, cut and composed with seasoned rice in masterful fashion. There really is no other way to experience this place. Sitting at a table is an unacceptable substitute. I came here and dined at a table and upon leaving, quickly forgot this place existed. A series of chance happenings led me back to Jewel Bako a year later, and after having sushi omakase at the bar, I became addicted. Now, I go back every chance I get.
God I love Sushi
By jma0511 on 5/24/2008
I don't know about some of these reviews but I eat sushi 3 or 4 times a week and Jewel Bako has ruined the chance of me ever enjoying sushi elsewhere a little pricy but damn worth it
Can't think of anything negative
By RKan on 4/26/2008
First time here. Totally wonderful. Went on a Saturday night w/an old friend, 8 p.m., no reservation - got sat literally immediately. Sure, the bottle of champagne was slightly pricey for the quality, but other than that, everything was pretty much perfect. Extraordinarily fresh, interesting, and beautifully prepared sushi & sashimi. All my favorites -bluefin tuna, eel, salmon, shrimp - were excellent, but I usually don't like spanish mackerel and here it was very good. Sitting at the bar allows you to watch the care & expertise with which the food is prepared. Can't speak to anything other than sushi. I don't often write rave reviews and was half-expecting a real letdown, but I was VERY pleased. Oh - service was attentive and and perfectly pleasant.
the sushi bar is best
By theblackhole88 on 2/19/2008
I went on valentines day to two resturants befor this one, including Jacks oyster bar. I read the reviews before i went and i was worried about the service. I went and was seated at the bar. The head chef at the bar was spectacular. Our waitress Kayoko was wonderful. She took care of us and made sure our meal was exceptional. Ask for Kayoko and the bar.
There's a reason the overall rating is 5.7!
By melissachef on 7/8/2007
My husband and I come to NYC every year and always research where we're going to eat before hand...we consider ourselves "Foodies" and want to make sure we have the best culinary experience. Well, we were so dissapointed with Jewel Bako....decor is excellent, service good as well as excellent sake BUT the sushi was average. We expected extraordinary, especially for the prices. I had the sushi Omakase and my husband the makimono omakase... to experience the range of possibilities...the rolls and sushi were good and fresh but nothing to knock our socks off. We've eaten sushi all over this country and still hands down favorite is a little strip mall joint in San Diego called Sushi Ota.....you have to figure any sushi restaurant that has mostly Japanese patrons hits the mark. Oh and one more tidbit...we saw a table being presented with fresh grated wasabi...I asked if we were also to recieve, they said it only went with the sashimi omakase...CRAZY...you pay the money for any omakase and you should also get the fresh wasabi..did not sit well with us after leaving with a $200 bill!!
Great food, awful service
By lhabitant on 5/13/2007
Jewel Bako is among the best places in NY for suhis and sashimis. Both fresh and high quality fish, great list of sakes, but overpriced wines. Unfortunately, the "service" makes the whole experience *really* unpleasant. Not only it is pretentious, slow and rude, but the lady running the place has a serious attitude problem. And if she make mistakes in your order (despite us having repeated it three times), do not expect any kind of apologizes.
Spectacular sushi, great service
By gwheeler on 5/11/2007
My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Jewel Bako last weekend. We had the Omakase and left it up to the chef. The sushi was extremely fresh and absolutely delicious. The service was also excellent. We ordered a bottle of sake which they kept on ice in the kitchen and they always made sure our cups were full. I don't know if they've made some changes due to earlier reviews, but the overall experience was wonderful. It's pricey, but not any more so than other primo sushi places.
connaisseurs will reap this gem
By newyorkreporter on 12/19/2006
Are these people talking about the same restaurant? Ive been to every renowned sushi restaurant in NYC, and many overseas, and the consistent high quality of food at JewelBako amazes me. Someone complained about the lack of water refills. Come on, every crappy taqueria offers rapid refills. I have nothing but praise for the service of manager Torus staff. For one, I enjoy it when the food is described as its being served, its respectful to the customer and to Japanese traditions. BFD theres no California roll on the menu. the CR was invented to suit the demands of fat American fast-fooders lacking taste and doesnt belong on any respectable menu. I dont know of many other restaurants in NYC that serve exotic choices such as A+ grade golden eye snapper or barramundi sushi. The special rolls, like the roll with cucumber in the middle and seared snapper on top, topped with a tiny splat of prune sauce, are as scrumptious as it gets. Pricewise, its not that crazy compared to most Japanese restaurants offering a far more mediocre menu in a slightly lower price range. My advice: Skip Nobu, Sushi Den and Hiro, go straight to JewelBako.
By tonywebb10014 on 10/21/2006
Some of the freshest sushi in New York, prepared with great attention to detail. The omakase is at $50 particularly good value relative to other high end restaurants. The place is strictly for sushi lovers ONLY - other than sushi there are just a few light non-sushi appetizers - once again beautifully prepared. I don't agree with some of the negative comments on service. It is Japanese style - quiet, professional, and unobtrusive.
Nice food, shame about the service
By Klumsee on 3/29/2005
We were told that if we were hungry, we should have the tasting menu. Indeed, the food did not disappoint -- some of the freshest sushi I had ever experienced. However, considering the cost of the meal, we were left feeling the service was a farce - absolutely terrible. Also, the place is a little too cramped for my liking.
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