Jewel Bako

  • 3.46
  • Great!
  • Food:3.6
  • Decor:3.5
  • Service:3.3

239 East 5th St., New York, NY 10003New York / Manhattan / East Village  [ Map ]

Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.

(212) 979-1012  [ Website ]

Japanese / Sushi$100 - $199

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Jewel Bako

    • 3.0
  • Food: 3.5
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Service: 2.5
  • Meal Price: $100 - $199

The last time I came to Jewel Bako was for the farewell dinner for one of the creative director girls. But we had a table that time, so this was my first time at the counter.

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Feeling super hungry, I began with a few words: “I can and will eat alot, so please let me eat to my fill today!” I ordered sushi as my main.

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Japanese Sea Perch, topped with what I believe was wasabi and nori seaweed sauce. Hmm.. it didn’t really have much taste..

Sashimi

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After this I turned to the sushi. The store was quite crowded, but the sushi area had some space, so unable to bear my hunger, I completely forgot about taking more pictures and went for the sushi at full speed.
And so, this is the only picture I can offer for today.

Sockeye Salmon

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To be honest, I actually never really cared for salmon sashimi. But this sockeye salmon sushi was quite delicious.

Sea Perch

 

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The sea perch was so good! I wonder if this is what’s in season now. I was already decided on getting seconds of this (though I did actually get it, by the time it came I was so full and actually, I couldn’t eat it!)

Sardine

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It was drizzled with oil and pretty delicious.

Squid

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Wh-wh-what?! I couldn’t believe the extravagance of this one – two pieces of squid with uni (sea urchin) sandwiched in between!

Miru-gai (Shellfish)

 

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This mirugai shellfish was plump and delicious.

Mackerel

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Wowwww, now check out this mackerel… loved this one.

Anago (Conger Eel)

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Whoa, for sushi, it’s huge! So this is Anago… delectable~
I thought about eating more and more of it, but with this, I had to give up.

As for the portion of the meal that I couldn’t get pictures of, there probably should have been about 15 pieces. All in all, I think I ate about 25 pieces?
But the roll sushi here is actually pretty small, so I should have been able to eat even more lol

Oh, right, and I also had some awabi (abalone) but I also gobbled that one down pretty quickly, before I even thought to take a picture!

The sushi toppings were fresh and delicious.
The rice part of the sushi was a little too hard for my taste (Just gotta emphasize, its just my personal taste) and I felt like it left an aftertaste in my mouth. But even now as I’m writing this, I’m drooling just thinking about how I wanna go back just to eat the awabi, the shellfish, the mackerel, the whale, and the sea perch again!

(But now that I think about it I think the same thing was said of the sushi rice in an article..)

Lastly, Dessert!

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The last surprise of the day was… the bill! It was much more reasonable than I had expected. Not including the tip for the champagne and the sake, it was about $110.

Thanks for the wonderful meal!

 

 

 

 

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Gem of a Sushi Bar

    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Service: 4.0
  • Meal Price: $100 - $199

Amuse-bouche: crunchy fried rice ball topped with bluefish tuna, scallion, and tobikoChef's selection of sashimiJewel BakoKing Salmon with smoked soy sauceChopped jack mackerel with shiso, ginger, and scallionSnapper with cherry blossom mousse toppingJewel BakoJewel BakoJewel BakoJewel BakoUni CupJewel BakoJewel BakoJewel BakoIkuraJewel BakoUnagiGreen tea ice cream sandwich with fudge, caramelized almonds

I wouldn't call myself a sushi connoisseur, but I can tell you that Jewel Bako is a winner. On the restaurant website, it's actually stated that their dishes have a French inflection, prepared in a fusion of modern and traditional styles. That description definitely hits the mark.

It was a pleasure to sit at the 8-seat sushi bar in front of head chef Yoshi and his team. It really is mesmerizing to watch sushi being made! I couldn't help but watch the artistic process.

We were spoiled with an amuse-bouche, the Chef's Omakase including 10 pieces of sashimi and 17 pieces of sushi, and a dessert to finish the epic meal off. Uni is obviously a delicacy in Japan and in sushi bars worldwide, but it's never been my favorite. Yet I have to say the Uni Cup was a standout dish. The texture of the sea urchin is perfectly smooth like custard, and it's ever-so-slightly brûléed with a blowtorch. I was overwhelmingly full by the end of this meal.

The Jewel Bako staff is very accommodating, and the quality of the service is top-notch. The only slightly negative thing I'd say about the service factor is that, after 3.5 hours of sitting, the chairs proved to be pretty uncomfortable.

All in all, Jewel Bako was a memorable dining experience. The bamboo-laden space is beautiful, if not a little strangely laid out and cramped. I always love that feeling of stepping off the streets of New York and walking into what seems like a whole different world. Jewel Bako was successful in achieving that feeling for me.

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    • 4.0
  • Food: 3.0
  • Decor: 5.0
  • Service: 5.0
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29

was i impressed? yes. was it worth the anticipation? yes. however, only the actual experience of the decor and great service was what tantalized me. the bambo tunnel is super sexy and cavernous. the lighting is very nice but when you think about it... i would like to see what i'm eating. i didn't like the darkness much. the overall food and execution of the dishes were sub par to be honest.

tatares- my jam. in this case of the Trio Tartares with chips i was not impressed by. Yellow Fin is my least favorite fish and that was good enough. really disappointed about the Blue Fin and Salmon. you would think the Miso Soup would have been something creative- but it was very bland and disappointing.

the Nigiri and Sashimi's made their appearances and i wasn't blown away. granted... the freshness and cleanliness is great. i wouldn't mind coming here again.

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    • 4.0

I wasn't expecting to enjoy Jewel Bako as much as I did. Ever since a saw it on TV years ago, I always had an interest in trying it. I finally came here to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom and sister. We had seats at the sushi bar and arrived as soon as they opened for dinner. We had to wait a few minutes at a table while they finished getting ready. I really liked the ambiance and layout of the sushi bar. There's nothing blocking the sushi bar and interfering with your line of sight. You can easily see everything that the chefs are doing. The service was friendly. We had the omakase and enjoyed every dish and piece of sushi. It was a wonderful experience.

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Jewel Bako

on The Sushi Legend's countdown of top ten sushi restaurants visited during 2015 is the best valued

on The Sushi Legend's countdown of top ten sushi restaurants visited during 2015 is the best valued Omakase in the city of New York - Jewel Bako. Though Chef Yoshi has moved on, I'm told that pieces of gold like the Shima Aji pictured above are still on offer. Check out the review at http://www.thesushilegend.com/jewel-bako.html

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Jewel Bako: "Special for you." Thank you (new) Chef Ishikawa for a mouthwatering omakase & live lobs

Jewel Bako: "Special for you." Thank you (new) Chef Ishikawa for a mouthwatering omakase & live lobster experience last night! This fatty tuna with sweet uni was a ridiculous bite of velvety perfection. A+. [February 2016]

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Reasonable Omakase Menu

    • 3.8
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 3.5
  • Service: 4.0
  • Meal Price: $100 - $199

EntranceComplimentary sushi with crunchy rice ballThe chef's selection of sashimiKatsuoShimaajiView from the sushi barSalmonJewel BakoTaiNameroJewel BakoKohadaAwabiChu-toroToroUniSayoriJewel BakoIkuraAnago

I tried to make a reservation for the Jewel Bako sushi bar several times and it was always full. When I called right before visiting on a Saturday, fortunately they had a cancellation and I was able to land a seat. When I entered the restaurant, I found the sushi bar at the very back. There are only 8 seats for the counter and 3 sushi chefs in front. I ordered Omakase with sashimi and sushi, $85. Even though the taste of the sashimi and sushi was great, the highlight was its cost performance, the chef's selection of sashimi, 8 kinds of sashimi and 16 kinds of sushi. I was so satisfied and full!

Food
Great. Some of the sushi was a little arranged but still I loved the taste. I was so happy to have many kinds of sashimi and sushi all at once and I don't know any other place where you can eat this many for only $85. It's a bargain! Note: limited selection of sake by the glass.

Service
Great. The waitstaff was attentive and professional. They served very smoothly from beginning to end and I liked it. The reason for the score of 3.5: I called many times but sometimes they did not even pick up the phone.

Decor
Great. Better than a typical sushi bar. It may be good for a special occasion. Good for a date, with friends or alone.

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I didn't even know Tasmania had King Salmon, but I also failed the Jeopardy online test this week, so yeah...Who wants to be my 1000th follower? www.thesushilegend.com

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That's one mean looking Chu Toro. Review for Jewel Bako now posted on www.thesushilegend.com

ICYMI, I posted my review from Jewel Bako on www.thesushilegend.com last night. If you're looking fo

ICYMI, I posted my review from Jewel Bako on www.thesushilegend.com last night. If you're looking for a reasonable Omakase off the beaten path in NYC, there's nowhere I recommend more. The quality - and quantity - of the Uni to the left should prove my point...

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Jewel Bako, East Village, NYC

    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 4.0
  • Service: 4.0
  • Meal Price: $30 - $49

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Jewel Bako

 

Jewel Bako is an unlikely find in the corky East Village.

This stylish spot presents modernized versions of delectable sushi served by a really dapper crew who really know their stuff.

The design of the dining room is ultra cool. It is fashioned as a tunnel of bamboo that opens up to the sushi bar area (which is the desirable spot to be in).....

Read more at:
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Degustation- Foodie Fun

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Degustation is a real gem of a restaurant, a true shrine dedicated to foodie activities.  The food is definitely the focus, unfortunately to the detriment of the service.  Service is friendly, but not polished, far from being on-par with the exquisite edibles that are produced right before your eyes.  The vibe is East Village casual, as if you happened to be sitting around your friend’s kitchen island, watching as they whip up complicated tapas. This laid-back vibe might explain the lack of service, but make no mistake about it: the food is something special, seemingly casual but intricate in execution.  Kind of like a Calvin Klein dress….

To be completely honest, I waited too long to write up everything that I ate the last time that I was there- so although the specific details are fuzzy, I can say with all certainty that the food was absolutely unreal.  It is the best of Spanish cooking, which in its truest form is both transporting and familiar. The best way to go is the ten-course tasting, which honestly contains some items that I would usually veer away from, monkfish liver being one of them. With ten courses you can skip one or two and not feel cheated, but every dish is sure to surprise.  Lately I have lost my patience with long tasting-course meals (Brushstroke, I mean you), but this pacing and size of the courses was properly manageable. Another dish that I am wary about are razor clams- which are scary but popular in Spanish cooking; at Degustation they are presented diced and mixed with bacon on a spoon, completely eliminating and unappealing aesthetics and allowing the flavor to rule. The only disappointment was the idiosyncratic “cheesesteak”, which my dining companion called “vile”, and led to the discrepancy that seemingly pissed off the waitress.

The absolute star of the menu without a doubt is the egg, served with pork belly and a jalapeno broth, simply the best hangover breakfast you would wish fo. Every element in this dish is composed perfectly, and every bite is pure pleasure. We actually asked for more toast to sop up all of the yolky spicy sauce left in our dishes once the egg and pork were done. Do not miss this dish, it is a real button burster. Below is the general run down of what I ate, I warned you it was going to be vague (and potentially missing a course), but it should just give you an idea of what you can expect…

croquettas, razor clams, monkfish liver, hearts of palm salad, fish, rabbit terrine, duck confit, EGG WITH PORK BELLY, cheesesteak…

 

pants at a glance

  • scene: it is all about the food here; all seats are situated on a wood bar around an open kitchen so that you can watch the chefs do their thang
  • sip: Spanish wines; cava
  • savor: croquettas; egg with pork belly
  • sit: I recommend going with only one other person, because unless you get corner seats, you sitting side by side, so it would be hard to chat with a group; this place is for serious foodies, so don't bring your picky or allergic friend
  • stilettos: Not needed; it is really nice looking, but the East Village after all; if you are on a date, feel free to look nice, you won't feel out of place, but by no means are heels required
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 239 East 5th Street (off 2nd Ave)
  • phone number: 212-979-1012
  • website: www.degustationnyc.com

 

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JEWEL BAKO: Not so “Bizarre Food”ish

    • 3.5

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Dear Food Diary:

As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods (the reason I got cable in the first place). A while ago, he did an episode in NY and went to Jewel Bako. Ever since then, it’s been on my list of “must eat at places”, but as you know, living in NYC, this list is endless, and somehow, I just never got to it. Next thing you know, more than a year and change have past. Even so, I remembered it when Underground Dining and I met up for dinner a couple weeks ago. If anyone was gonna try all the things he had in the episode below with me, she would be the one.

Pretty awesome stuff no? I couldn’t wait!!! I wanted some of that lobster sashimi (which I’ve had in Boston and here in Sushi Samba, love love love), geoduck (so sweet, I’ve had it in other places) and those octupus cups with yuzu ( I was so “tasting” forward to them).

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Small, cozy, organic, bamboo dominated modern dining room. I promised Underground Dining a list of exotic dishes we were about to taste, she and I salivated, then sipped our Yuzu Cocktail drink, which was yummy btw. I began to order…

… And I’ve never been so uncomfortable ordering. The really hot eye candy of a waiter we had, who definitely belonged in a Japanese soap, had no idea what I was saying. You see, the menu did not show ANY of the things Andrew had during his visit, sure this is like 2 years after the episode, but last time I checked the Tsukiji market is still around. So it went something like “Do you have lobster sashimi” “No we don’t serve raw lobster” “What? But Andrew Zimmern had  it!” (I don’t think he knew who that was anyways).  Next question “Hmmm, on TV I saw you beat the crap out of octopus suction cups with yuzu?, can we have that?”… again, he looks all confused. I’m totally embarrassed… to make me feel better, he goes back to ask the sushi chef and returns to inform us that everything I wanted was once served, or served only in season.

Oh wells, when life throws you ordinary ingredients, just order Chef’s Omakase.

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We started off with a yuzu fluke, I forgot if this was flown in. It was good, but no spectacular by any means.

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I had the Chef’s Omakase Sashimi. Really fresh. I liked the Giant Clam, Scallops that were marinated in yuzu, and the seared piece in the back, sorry forgot what it was. The best thing on this plate was the Sweet Shrimp with Head, the Chef actually took all that creamy and decadent orange roe from the head, and layered it between the delicately sliced in half flesh. So sweet and lucious. The texture and flavor was amazing. That bite alone was worth it!!! 

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Underground Dining had the Chef’s Omakase Sushi. It had a lot of what I had, we made some substitutions, which they were very willing to do. She liked the bite that was wrapped with shiso leaf.

Everything was delicately prepared and super fresh. Not the best sushi/sashimi meal either of us ever had, but I enjoyed it. Extra yummy rating for that sweet shrimp for sure! Maybe one day I will dine with Andrew Zimmern himself there, maybe then, the “exotic live” stuff would appear. Until then, as he says “If it looks good, eat it!” and I’ve taken that to heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Omakase at Jewel Bako

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Jewel Bako is a sushi restaurant that flies under the radar. This is surprising, considering it is one of a handful of NYC sushi restaurants that received a Michelin star last year, yet it seems to get overshadowed by the flashier upstarts and the old guard.

 

Excellent sushi tends to fall on the high end of the pricing spectrum, and if you pay anywhere below that than the quality drops off considerably. You either pay up for really amazing sushi, or you pay less for decent sushi. Price and quantity are two of my most important dinner decision making factors, so Jewel Bako, with its Michelin couvert premium and dainty sushi pieces, usually gets ruled out. I’m more of a Kanoyama or Ushiwakamaru girl–the price points are much more accessible, yet the quality of the sushi is surprisingly high. 

 

One night, we secured a last minute Saturday night reservation at Jewel Bako. We made our way to the cozy, slick bomb shelter dining room. This turned out to be a good move, because the sashimi omakase was great.

 

Things started on an auspicious note with the amuse bouche, a small but impactful bite of spicy tuna and crispy rice. Crunchy and smooth, spicy and savory–the amuse-bouche engaged a variety of the senses. Some of the members in my dining party complained that the rice should have been served warm, but I didn’t mind it at room temperature. Warm temperatures bring out the flavors of soft, vinegar-seasoned rice, but when it’s been cooked to a crisp, I don’t see how the temperature would add anything.

 

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one bite is all it takes – tuna in spicy sauce over crispy rice

 

This was followed by a warm bowl of miso soup, some edamame and the trio of tartares, featuring blue-fin tuna, salmon and yellowtail. The salmon and tuna tartares were solid but didn’t leave a particularly strong impression. It’s sort of how I feel about the 1st round contenders on The Voice. There are a lot of pleasant singers who are clearly talented, yet they manage to be totally forgettable. The yellowtail, on the other hand, instantly had me at hello with the savory umami sensations that were elicited forth. Something about it was pleasingly briney, salty and unctuous, and I couldn’t get enough.

 

The sashimi omakase arrived all at once on a platter. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t arrive piece by piece in true omakase style. I think you have to order the chef’s omakase tasting menu to get that experience, and you probably have to sit at the sushi bar. There was good variety and representation in the sashimi omakase: blue-fin toro, medium toro, amberjack, yellowtail, red snapper, scallop, squid, mackerel and salmon. The best pieces by far were the toros, especially the medium toro, which had that essential rich, melt-in-your-mouth quality that I love about great sushi. I expected a bit more from the white fish pieces, which were a bit lacking in the flavor personality department. I wanted something buttery and rapturous, but it was a bit of a sashimi wallflower. Obviously they were a notch way above your standard take-out place pieces, but not by as much as I thought they should be. I surprisingly liked the scallop, which I typically never do at sushi restaurants. They tend to be flavorless and rubbery, but the ones at Jewel Bako were tender and actually had a bright, sea breeze taste to them.

 

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sashimi omakase platter

 

I was a bit unfulfilled by the omakase, mainly because I didn’t have a taste of my beloved uni or tamago, a sentimental favorite. We had to order these pieces separately, and I was rather looking forward to the uni since it happened to be from Santa Barbara, and I just love the rich creaminess of West Coast uni. The uni at Jewel Bako, however, was disappointingly a bit too stark and briney for my liking. The egg sushi, on the other hand, was probably the best tamago that I’ve ever had in my life. The egg was so light and fluffy, I almost felt like I was eating a souffle. Now I can kind of believe why that Jiro apprentice Nakazawa had to make egg custard 200 times before perfecting it. There is a clear difference between great egg and decent egg custard. and I’ve finally had a taste of greatness at Jewel Bako. I bet Jewel Bako chef Yoshi Kousaka probably spent a long time trying to perfect his, and he probably cried too once he had that breakthrough.

 

Our bill was pretty “sizable” as someone put it. The final tab came out to $100 per person, which included the omakase, a shared bottle of sake and the appetizers. At that price point, I wanted to have a transcendent experience like the one I had at Sushi Sasabune, where every piece seemed to dissolve at the touch and blew me away. I would definitely come here again, but not for the omakase experience. I’d rather spend my dollars wisely and selectively pick the pieces that Jewel Bako truly excels at–there are clearly a lot of gems in this jewel box, but not all that glitters is gold.

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True Life: I'm addicted to spicy scallop hand rolls. Jewel Bako: 9.1, review coming soon.

True Life: I'm addicted to spicy scallop hand rolls. Jewel Bako: 9.1, review coming soon.

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Jewel Bako

    • 3.0
  • Food: 3.5
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Service: 2.5
  • Meal Price: $100 - $199

The last time I came to Jewel Bako was for the farewell dinner for one of the creative director girls. But we had a table that time, so this was my first time at the counter.

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Feeling super hungry, I began with a few words: “I can and will eat alot, so please let me eat to my fill today!” I ordered sushi as my main.

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Japanese Sea Perch, topped with what I believe was wasabi and nori seaweed sauce. Hmm.. it didn’t really have much taste..

Sashimi

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After this I turned to the sushi. The store was quite crowded, but the sushi area had some space, so unable to bear my hunger, I completely forgot about taking more pictures and went for the sushi at full speed.
And so, this is the only picture I can offer for today.

Sockeye Salmon

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To be honest, I actually never really cared for salmon sashimi. But this sockeye salmon sushi was quite delicious.

Sea Perch

 

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The sea perch was so good! I wonder if this is what’s in season now. I was already decided on getting seconds of this (though I did actually get it, by the time it came I was so full and actually, I couldn’t eat it!)

Sardine

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It was drizzled with oil and pretty delicious.

Squid

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Wh-wh-what?! I couldn’t believe the extravagance of this one – two pieces of squid with uni (sea urchin) sandwiched in between!

Miru-gai (Shellfish)

 

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This mirugai shellfish was plump and delicious.

Mackerel

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Wowwww, now check out this mackerel… loved this one.

Anago (Conger Eel)

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Whoa, for sushi, it’s huge! So this is Anago… delectable~
I thought about eating more and more of it, but with this, I had to give up.

As for the portion of the meal that I couldn’t get pictures of, there probably should have been about 15 pieces. All in all, I think I ate about 25 pieces?
But the roll sushi here is actually pretty small, so I should have been able to eat even more lol

Oh, right, and I also had some awabi (abalone) but I also gobbled that one down pretty quickly, before I even thought to take a picture!

The sushi toppings were fresh and delicious.
The rice part of the sushi was a little too hard for my taste (Just gotta emphasize, its just my personal taste) and I felt like it left an aftertaste in my mouth. But even now as I’m writing this, I’m drooling just thinking about how I wanna go back just to eat the awabi, the shellfish, the mackerel, the whale, and the sea perch again!

(But now that I think about it I think the same thing was said of the sushi rice in an article..)

Lastly, Dessert!

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The last surprise of the day was… the bill! It was much more reasonable than I had expected. Not including the tip for the champagne and the sake, it was about $110.

Thanks for the wonderful meal!

 

 

 

 

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How did this happen again. Oh it's Tuesday in Manhattan

How did this happen again. Oh it's Tuesday in Manhattan

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Kasugodai - yum

Kasugodai - yum

Namadako - great

Namadako - great

Uni - awesome

Uni - awesome

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Happy Friday! Catching up with friends over the chef tasting omakase dinner at  - chef sashimi selec

Happy Friday! Catching up with friends over the chef tasting omakase dinner at - chef sashimi selection included my fav scallop and shrimp.

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JEWEL BAKO NEW YORK, NY

 

 

Jewel Bako

 

Jewel Bako

 

Jewel Bako

 

Jewel Bako

 

Jewel Bako

 

 

 

Jewel Bako

 

JEWEL BAKO NEW YORK, NY

East Village. $30+ ($85+ omakase).

 

So here's the thing about Jewel Bako...you should run - not walk - there ASAP . 

 

 

 

Jewel Bako

 

 

While I would love to say that my day job is strictly considering how sushi fits into the circle of life, the truth is I actually have to do something to earn real money (part of the peril of not showing ads on thesushilegend.com I guess?) That "real job" involves plenty of logical analysis of real world trends, a skill which came in handy after I visited Jewel Bako in the East Village of Manhattan for the first time.

 

For me, Jewel Bako has always been one of those restaurants that has been "just there". Then, I sat down at the bar and tried Chef Yoshi's $85, 17 piece sushi omakase. And I wondered - how could an omakase with such high quality, for such a reasonable amount of money, be so unmentioned? Logically, how could it make any sense?

 

The truth is, Jewel Bako suffers from marketing purgatory; It's a high end restaurant that doesn't look it. Take for example, the dining area, that could more aptly be described as the hollowed out husk of a cave. The arching ceilings are nice sure, but I can't imagine sitting there and thinking "wow, this is fine dining".

 

Truthfully though, that's more than fine from my perspective. If Jewel Bako was magically sliced into two restaurants, I feel confident in saying that the sushi bar would be considered among the best in the city. That isn't just me blowing smoke by the way; please try your best to find me an omakase that matches the quality of the pictures you see on this page, for just $85. I'll wait.

 

If it's not obvious by now, the food at Jewel Bako hits a strong quality that I honestly did not expect. The main chef- Chef Yoshi - is charitable with the day's freshest catches, applying seasoning and sauce deftly to the nigiri, unlike other establishments I've visited in recent weeks (I'm talking to you, Sushi of Gari). Highlights included the Kinmedai, the Uni and the Chu Toro, but I was most impressed by what you see on the right. That green colour is not normal - but I will be very impressed if a Sushi Legend reader can tell me which fish it is.

 

The Atmosphere is excellent, but that is prefaced strongly based on sitting at the sushi bar. You're on your own if you sit elsewhere. The staff - both in front of the sushi bar and behind it - are helpful. They were more than willing to explain some of the unique pieces of nigiri to me on multiple occasions, which, let's be honest - isn't the norm. If you can avoid turning around to the main room, the sushi bar is actually quite awesome to sit at. Again though, pretend you are on a runway, and face forward. 

 

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Michelin Star Rated Jewel Bako's Selection of Sushi

Michelin Star Rated Jewel Bako's Selection of Sushi

Michelin Star Rated Jewel Bako's Trio of Tartares with Sweet Potato Chips

Michelin Star Rated Jewel Bako's Trio of Tartares with Sweet Potato Chips

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Information of Jewel Bako

Location
239 East 5th St., New York, NY 10003
Cross Street
Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.
Phone Number
(212) 979-1012
Category
Japanese / Sushi
Average Price
$100 - $199 | Dinner
Business Hours
Sun:
Mon:6:30PM - 10:30PM
Tue:6:30PM - 10:30PM
Wed:6:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu:6:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri:6:30PM - 11:30PM
Sat:6:30PM - 11:30PM
Occasion
date / friends / business / family / alone
Dress code
Formal
Reservation
Yes, Make Reservation
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Credit cards
Yes
Outdoor dining
No
Delivery
No
Takeout
No
Caters
No
Website
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Quick Summary

Food
Jewel Bako is a sushi restaurant located in good ole'New York City. The Omakase seems to be the most popular meal of the house, which includes a variety of over 18 types of sushi and is quite the meal. The portions are decent sized and are plated with excellent presentation.
Atmosphere
Jewel Bako is a Michelin rated restaurant, which is noted on the entrance of the small restaurant. The overall atmosphere of the place is excellent. Though small, it is very warm, cozy, and inviting. Grabbing a seat at the sushi bar is easily the best seat of the house, and a staple for any good sushi restaurant.
Service
The service for the Jewel Bako is quite notable. Plates are swapped out often and the staff are incredibly friendly. There should never be a time when you find your plate empty, dirty, or your drink not full. The ultimate service is being served while at the sushi bar. You're able to watch the chef present the food directly to you.

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