After perusing this board for a few months now, I have happily been following Chowhound recommendations and I must say I have not been disappointed - so thank you and I will do my best to contribute in kind.
Saw a post that Iso, a Japanese restaurant on 11th St & Second Ave would be closing its doors after Dec. 20th, so I called up my sushi-buddy (my hubby doesn't care for it) and we went there this Saturday. The place was humming, but we were graciously seated at the sushi bar where we got to see all the action. Iso himself was there. I must say I really liked the homey atmosphere of the place; I've been to Sushi Seki and they were a bit snobby but then again I did the faux pas of not making a reservation. Iso's no-reservation policy may cause a long wait, but at least you don't feel bad for just walking in.
I had the appetizer special of seared toro - two generous pieces served with finely chopped bermuda onion and bonito flakes and ponzu sauce. YUM. I've only had toro a few times, and I really liked this version. My companion had his usual salmon skin and eel roll and he said that lots o' fish and the rice was quite good. I had the chef's special sashimi, and it included incredibly fresh mackerel and three generous blocks of bluefin toro. I enjoyed every bite and was full by the end. My companion had the kabayaki (grilled eel on rice) and the portion of eel was the biggest we've seen yet. We closed by sharing a spicy tuna roll, and we loved the chili-garlic paste that Iso used instead of the usual spicy mayo mix most restaurants use.
I am glad I had the chance to eat at Iso before they close. Thanks again, hounds!!