I just had dinner at Sushi Taro and realized that it can't be said any longer that there's no good sushi in Chelsea. I'm normally wary of places that advertise $1 & $2 pieces, but much to my surprise the tuna, Spanish mackerel, Unagi and Yellowtail were incredibly fresh and better than what I'm ususally served at far pricier sushi places. Additionally, they were not of the over-size variety that's become all too common, at least in Manhattan. The spicy tuna roll was not heavy on the mayo, definitely had red pepper, but was otherwise average.
The pieces reminded me of sushi I've eaten in Los Angeles, which I've always felt has superior sushi to Manhattan (something about the rice preparation and slicing of the fish?) Well, although Sushi Taro was not Sushi Nozawa or Sasabune (does anyone know a place in New York that does something like their crab hand-roll?), it was still a place I'd return to eat without thinking twice.
It's worth noting that the sushi bar had a mostly Asian clientelle, and several of them seemed to be eating the Omakase, which I'd like to try sometime. The chef used some sort of blowtorch on some pieces of fish. Has anyone seen that before?
I've only seen one posting on Sushi Taro. Was my experience a fluke (no pun intended)? I'd love to hear if anyone else has a take on the joint, be it positive or negative.