Living near the east village, we have been trying different sushi restaurants the last few years. Some were good, some were just OK, some were great and then closed. Recently, we started going to Jewel Bako, and I was blown away. The quality of the fish was fantastic, literally melt in your mouth sashimi. The service was the nicest I've ever experienced - ever. And the place has a lovely vibe.
I didn't post a review right away because sometimes you just luck out. But now, having gone several times the last couple months, they seem to be safely consistent. Tonight was a good example. We showed up pretty late, but they seated us, no problem. I have some food allergies, but they gave me no problem ordering a sushi entree and trading out any of the assorted items I am allergic to. (This has been a major issue with some of the places I've tried. Many won't substitute even for allergies, and if you eat sushi as frequently as we do, ala carte is not a good option from a cost standpoint.) The sushi took a few minutes to come, so in the meanwhile they brought an excellent complimentary appeteizer. And dessert was on the house. With that kind of treatment, I might be OK with sushi that was just very good. But this was EXCELLENT.
I would highly recommend, even if you are hiking from uptown.
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003