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"Jewel Bako"-exceptional sushi in East Village

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"Jewel Bako"-exceptional sushi in East Village

Julie H. | Jul 8, 2001 07:09 PM

We went to this 6 week old sushi restaurant on 5th st between 2nd and 3rd ave on Friday and thought it was some of the best sushi we have had in New York. It was a tiny place, with no sign in front, beautifully decorated and peaceful. We sat at the sushi bar and had the omakase, which was $50 per person. The sushi chef was extremely friendly and happy to answer all of our questions. The omakase consisted of an appetizer, a plate of sashimi (we were given the choice of sushi, sashimi or a combination), two maki rolls, a hand roll each, and green apple sorbet. (It was not the Nobu/cooked food variety of omakase.)

The appetizer was 4 large slices of seared bonito, placed in a large glass bowl, with a delicious light vinegary sauce, thins strips of daikon, and toasted (not overpowering)garlic slices. The sashimi was a generous portion of many kinds of fish and shellfish. With the exception a couple of kinds, most of the fish is from Japan. There was amberjack, striped jack and regular yellowtail, two kinds of toro which were from Spain, arc shell clam and another kind of clam, king crab topped with a "vinegar jelly", raw sweet shrimp, from Santa Barbara, needlefish, a couple others and freshly grated wasabi. The rolls were tuna with chervil, I think, and a spicy scallop roll. The hand roll was sea eel. It was all mind bogglingly good. The green apple sorbet was refreshing, but not overwhelmingly flavorful and was served with a miniature peanut cookie. We also split stewed black mission figs, which were not included in the cost of the omakase.

Also, the owner was extremely welcoming, as if we were eating in his house. He mentioned that he was the maitre d' at Bouley. Unlike other places in the village, they close early, at 10:30.

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