Jewel Bako

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.