If you’re looking for very good sushi in a cool space, then sit in the small dining room at Jewel Bako, which looks like a dimly-lit subway tunnel. Share some appetizers and the surprisingly affordable entrees - $38 gets you eight pieces of sushi or sashimi along with a special roll and soup. If you want a more serious sushi experience, you can do the chef’s omakase at the sushi bar. This is some of the best sushi in the East Village, and works well for date night.
Jewel Bako is permanently closed.
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Sorbillo is an Italian restaurant in the East Village from the people behind the most famous pizza place in Naples.
Ippudo is still one of the best (and busiest) ramen spots in the city. If you haven’t been, or have some time to kill in the East Village, stop by.
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Kimika is a big restaurant in the bottom of a Nolita hotel that serves great Japanese-Italian inspired dishes.
Ennju is a counter-service Japanese cafe near Union Square where you can eat a quick lunch or pick up discount sushi after 9pm.
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Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
15 East is an expensive sushi spot near Union Square. It works for a quiet, upscale meal in the area.
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