101 2ND Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727360 -73.988691
Mon-Thurs 6-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat 6-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Contrary to popular believe, Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar is still open and still one of the best tasting menus for the money in New York City. The food, now as when it opened, is orderly, tidy, concentrated bursts of flavor, served in a jewel-like romantic space. A contemporary classic.
Horrible Hostess, Uninspired sushi – I went to JB Makimono, and it was a horrible experience. The hostess is the rudest I've experienced. The place is cramped, you'll be bumped against the entire dinner, all wrapped in a 'faux zen' experience. For the food, it depends on where else you've been, I've had much better. This place is midrange....no sea urchin served the night I went. The sushi was adequate, but no unique pieces or inventive touches. A raw bar appetizer came with two pieces of cooked shrimp, which I would've deemed ama-ebi a more appropriate choice in a 'raw-bar-appetizer'. Shrimp cocktail is for a steak house folks! Don't sit at the sushi bar, it's really cramped when they bring out dishes. That's if the strange hostess decides you're cool enough to get a table. Most people are asked to sit at the sushi bar, though they don't take reservations, hmm..how odd. Overall review:No stars.
Makes other sushi seem like McDonalds – When I say this was the best sushi I've ever had, I mean I can never eat sushi anywhere else. The texture and flavor was indescribable. It was like I'd never eaten sushi before. There's only ten tables and it's shaped like the interior of a jewelry box, hence the name. I had the tasting menu which was about 10 pieces of sashimi and 10 pieces of sushi, plus yellowfin soup, many assorted sushi-type appetizers and a sake-steamed mushroom dish. It was sublime - just totally amazing. I left there feeling very full, but at the same time so contented and happy. Although a little pricey, it was worth every penny. If I ever top that, I'll be in heaven, literally.
where is the service? – The service is no better than Jewel Bako. We were treated average but another couple was ignored because of the way they dressed and because they didn't want to spend as much. The food is decent, it passes for Japanese. However, I don't agree that another rest. should be opened when the first still lacks in many basic things. Service is slow, food is slow to come. Staff seems unhappy under the owners' glares. That ruined the flavor for us.
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