I was meeting a friend for a drink and showed up on 2nd avenue about 20 minutes early. I realized I was quite hungry - and just then happened to pass by Jewel Bako Makimono, which was almost empty. I decided to pop in for a roll and check out this place, since I've been curious. (This was around 8 p.m.)
The interior is very pleasant, with about six tables and a comfortable cedar bar, with chopstick rests that are smooth river stones. I told the waitress that I was just there for one roll and wasn't drinking, and that I was in a hurry. I sat at the bar and ordered one of the special "makimono" rolls - scallop with yuzu and scallions..
There were about three servers in the restaurant, which was quite a lot considering it was so small and there were so few diners. Service was gracious and my water glass was frequently filled.
My roll was one of the $12 rolls - it turned out to be quite sizeable. It was a sort of oversized inside-out rolls coated lightly on the outside with what appeared to be undyed tobiko, a pale gold color instead of that orange-scarlet hue. There were eight pieces. My only quibble is that the rolls contained avocado, which was not indicated on the menu. In the future, I will request avocado-less rolls (I just don't like the taste.) The regular rolls are six bucks, and they even do takeout in the area. Judging from the very high quality roll I sampled, the reasonable prices, the soothing environs and the very fine service, I would highly recommend Jewel Bako Makimono for those looking for an excellent sushi experience but who are not in the mood to break the bank.
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