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    JEWEL BAKO

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    Jewel Bako

    239 E. 5th St., nr. Bowery (East Village)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-979-1012

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    • CUISINE

      Sushi
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Sat.: 6:30pm-11:00pm; Sun.: Closed
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Highly recommended
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      2001
    • PRICE (APPETIZER; MAIN; SUSHI OMAKASE)

      USD 4-18; USD 16-34; USD 95
    • NOISE

      Quiet/Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Chef's omakase; tuna toro tartare
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Jack Lamb's sake; beer; wine; sake; soju
    • # OF SEATS

      30-45
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • SUBWAY

      2nd Ave. (F); Astor Pl. (6); 8th St.-NYU (N, R)
    Marcy Swingle/gastrochic.com

    VIBE

    The name, which translates to “jewel box” in Japanese, says it all. This tiny, elegantly sparse, Michelin-starred Japanese sushi restaurant is set inside a cylindrical, shoebox-like space, and serves delicate sushi bites that truly are gems. The sushi bar seats a mere six, giving the feeling that you are being served by a private chef, while the rest of the small, candlelit tables stretch along either side of the stylish interior. It’s a true Downtown destination, a small neighborhood restaurant appreciated for its class, service, and menu (which offers some of the finest fish and sake in the city).

    CROWD

    Special occasioners, serious fish fiends, in-the-know sushi snobs, and couples.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Match the restaurant’s stylish elegance with a pretty top, black pants, high heels, and a sparking necklace.

    GO HERE WITH

    Significant other; a date; friends; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The gracious, knowledgeable staff and the sushi–this is some of the finest sushi in town.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The space is small, so the tables are quite cramped.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Co-owners Jack and Grace Lamb can often be seen strolling up and down the room, offering descriptions and advice on the plethora of “artisan” sakes listed on the menu.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Kurumazushi (New York); Nobu (New York; Malibu)


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