A musical colleague of Jim's, this is a first (but hopefully not last) foray into "food reviewing" so please forgive any lack of real detail.
Kinoko is a Japanese restaurant located at 165 W. 72nd (between Columbus & B'way). Fairly crowded when we got there at about 8pm (a good sign, I thought). Offers both table seating and a sushi bar. (The tables are a little on the small side- we opted to sit at the bar). Pleasant ambiance, even when full.
Food was very good- a real value for the price with ample portions. The included soup/salad was pretty good. My date ordered the "Sushi & Sashimi Combination." At one point, she spotted the chef preparing a platter and remarked "that looks awfully good." As if on cue, he passed it over to her. A real "sushi hound" (& uncannily good cook herself- hopefully she'll make an appearance on Jim's "what I had for dinner" board sometime), she proclaimed it "excellent."
Not being hugely into sushi (but coming along), I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki from the the "Gourmet Box Combination" section. It includes the chicken, hot white rice (side dish), a California roll, shrimp & veggie tempura, & sprouts. Also excellent in my view (although the wasabe could've had a little more "kick" to it, it was still flavorful if not sinus-clearing).
We opted for the "red bean" ice cream- centered in a lightly fried dough w/ whipped cream & a light drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Service was both friendly and very good. (My date was able to substitute eel for something else in her platter). The bill- including the hot sake- came to under $54 for 2 people, and the gratuity is included.