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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.

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Jewel Bako, New York, NY

Jewel Bako Restaurant Review

: “Jewel Bako” is the Japanese pronunciation of “jewel box,” and 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 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. Crispy rice-crusted sea bass in a dashi broth is another option. For dessert, consider the matcha ice cream sandwich. There's an extensive list of wine and saké, too.
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