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Jewel Bako (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Japanese East Village
 (Photograph: Beth Levendis)
Photograph: Beth Levendis
 (Photograph: Beth Levendis)
Photograph: Beth Levendis
 (Photograph: Beth Levendis)
Photograph: Beth Levendis

Time Out says

The East Village’s first real destination sushi bar remains one of the top spots in the neighborhood for pristine raw fish—and, with tables lined up under a blonde wood cocoon, among the coziest. Over the years portions have grown, but the food remains as gorgeous as ever. A trio of tartares comes topped with three different caviars, a flaky wild salmon filet steamed in paper in sea-urchin sauce is unveiled at the table. The budget-minded will gravitate toward the oversized maki filled with intriguing combinations like seared red snapper, cucumber and shiso. The best deal on a sushi splurge is still the chef’s choice omakase, an ultra-generous platter of whatever’s freshest that day.



Address: 239 E 5th St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Omakase: $50, $85. AmEx, DC, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 6:30–11pm
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