Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Jewel Bako

239 E. Fifth St. (Second & Third Aves.) Send to Phone
212-979-1012 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
: 6 to Astor Pl.
This sushi gem earns its Japanese “jewel box” name.

Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Jewel Bako, New York, NY

Jewel Bako Restaurant Review

: Jewel Bako is the Japanese pronunciation of jewel box, an apt name for this precious gem. Seats are hard to come by in the highly stylized, tiny tunnel of a dining room, lined with bamboo. Sit at the sushi bar if you can and let the chef ply you with his omakase creations---expensive but worth every penny. The food here is as precious as the space. Exotic Japanese mushrooms come "en papillote," steamed in saké and yuzu, while the restaurant’s riff on the ubiquitous tartare appetizer is a trio featuring tuna, yellowtail and salmon. We also recommend the large roll of seared Japanese red snapper with shiso, ume and cucumber, or the small roll of kishu plum and shiso.
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in New York for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in New York to Eat at Right Now

GAYOT's picks for the 25 hottest NYC restaurants include Italian hotspots, craft cocktail bars and eateries inspired by destinations around the globe.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.