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239 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Third Ave.
By FoodieToo on 3/21/2005
Beautiful space, refined service and very delicious sushi. Authentically Japanese portions (albeit a bit small for American tastes) and exquisitely prepared. Every detail is considered, and service is impeccable.
Overpriced and overrated!
By EmilyMaySmith on 12/30/2004
Don't even bother ordering the Tuna Toro Tartare. For $15 you get some tuna the size of a fifty cent piece with a little avacado on top. And to twist the knife they serve it to you on a really big plate so you know you're really paying for it. This place was a total rip-off. They try so hard to be hip and cool that they fail to impress. Waste of time and money.
best sushi in nyc among all of the high end choices
By pamphil on 10/1/2004
Jewel Bako has and continues to be our addiction. We eat here at least once if not twice per week and never tire of it. The sushi is truly the best and judging from the swooning of others, we are reminded that we are not the only addicts. Go here for the best in nyc and listen to jack for a laugh and masa for a free class in fish. best best best best there is... pamela and phil nyc
A complete disappointment
By zeecee on 9/7/2004
With an $85 tasting menu, I expect my water to be refilled, but I had to ask several times. The food was truly mediocre, bland and it's accompanied by a long explanation as to what each piece is. It barely matters since most things taste exactly as they do at a cheap sushi place. The soup was salty and dull. We left the chocolate dessert, which wasn't as good as an Entenmann's doughnut. The bench is uncomfortable. In short, give me Sushi of Gari or Nobu for this kind of money. This place is pretentious and ridiculous.
Absolutely amazing meal.
By markh on 8/26/2004
Last night at Jewel Bako, I had the best sushi meal of my life (including the two years I lived in Tokyo). The service was impeccable (the owner even personally came by to grate fresh wasabi at our table). The chef's Omakase menu was flawless. The sake ("pride of the village") was the best I've ever tasted. Very expensive, but well, well worth it.
OVERRATED, PRETENTIOUS OWNER
By shojocat on 6/16/2004
We were excited about trying Jewel Bako because of the positive reviews it received in magazines. However, the entire experience was a huge disappointment. First and foremost, the owner, Jack Lamb, was pretentious and outright rude. He made our dining experience incredbly unpleasant, we waited forever for service. The food was mediocre and way overpriced. The saki list was decent, but that is the only positive thing about this place. There are too many "adventurous" and wonderful Japanese restaurants to goto, than a sham sushi-joint like Jewel Bako. My message to Jack "give up the attitude! It makes you look like a little man, and does great disservice to your establishment."
By OTORO on 3/15/2004
FACT: New Yorkers will not settle for rudeness, slow-motion service, and sub-par food for very long. Jewl Bako is run by Snobs, and that mentality wafts throughout this sleek little sushi joint. The food is nothing special, but the service is in a word...Pathetic. We waited out in the freezing cold for an HOUR for a RESERVATION! Our meal was then served over the next 2 hours, and could not have been worse. In 25 years the worst dining expirience we have ever has in New York.
So many better choices in NYC
By cvm on 2/4/2004
Jewel Bako was incredibly disappointing. Not only was the food mediocre, but the owner was pompous, dismissive and inflexible. He openly refused to accomodate special requests. Would absolutely NOT recommend this restaurant under any circumstances - hefty bill, unsatisfying food and downright unpleasant service.
By sensei on 1/19/2004
Fish was excellent, some of the best this side of the pacific, and dessert, specially created for them by payard, was unexpectedly transporting, but service was amateurish - nearly a pint of soy sauce was poured for EACH of us - and owner jack is in the same way overpowering. Zagat rates jewel bako higher than nobu - what's with that? And while we're at it, whatever happened to Iso?
Love it / Hate it - what gives?
By genghisbahng on 12/3/2003
The truth is simple: if you expect to be pampered, or if your favorite sushi is spicy tuna roll, pack your ego and wallet and go elsewhere. Really. But if you have an adventurous palate, and can appreciate the loving care which has gone into this little Jewel, then order the omakase and buckle up cuz you are in for a treat. Yes, owner Jack *is* a freak but in the best way - a self-described sushi "carney", he obviously takes great pride in bringing the freshest, highest quality fish from around the globe to his customers. Not to be missed: Uni from Santa Barbara, so creamy and delicate, like custard. Otoro collar so marbled it looked like Kobe beef, slightly seared with a blowtorch, I cried for mommy it was so good. And the mushrooms - 3 types (enoki, shitake, and ?) steamed in their own juices. omigod. Other good stuff: hamachi belly, the chef's signature anago, and tiny sweet shrimp from Japan. Top it off with a selection from the fine sake list, and you'll understand why my girlfriend and I were at a loss for superlatives by the end of the evening. Magnificent. Singular. Unparalleled.
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