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52 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
Just stay at Bar Jamon
By ralves on 8/22/2008
Medicore at best. After arriving a bit early for a reservation, we were told to go next door to Bar Jamon. Which was a great lively & proper tapas place next door. The waitress was cordial but seemed rushed, busy and was never available. The sommelier, a young woman under 30, came over to 'help' us with the wine list. We asked her to suggest a medium bodied, mid-priced red - she seemed confused yet obliged. When we asked what temparanillos she would suggest she had the gull to ask if she had heard us correctly before were we not looking for a medium body red? Yes, we were but as a customer I reserve the right to change my mind & not need to be patronized when doing so. The food was okay - the cod croquettas lack the taste of cod, the foie gras was good, we ordered the heirloom tomato special yet received the patates bravas & the lamb was okay but not med-rare like ordered but med-well. We left wishing we had simply stayed at Bar Jamon and ordered one of their cheese plates.
By mermaidmagic on 8/19/2008
Loved It!!! Very good tasty food. We have been several times, and sit at the bar( which i think is best) everytime, check out what looks good, have a great beer, only 1 kind. Discover what they are making, and order slowly. Everyone has their own experience, ours has been great. Salt is needed for a healthy body. If you can not have salt, order no salt. Do not complain, stay home!!! This place is friendly, fast and delightful cuisine!!!
Normal person reviews the restaurant
By atlee9657 on 6/12/2008
I found this place by chance, had no idea of the press it has received. My experience was not jaded by any pre-conceived ideas. Loved my meal and enjoyed it's atmosphere. Staff was very young but mostly friendly/possibly a bit dismissive at the door. Food was fast and very good. I thought it was inexpensive for the experience. Thought it was a very good experience and thought the harsh reviews were very odd in my opinion. Lamb was perfectly done/memorable actually. Short ribs the same. Goat cheese and sweet potatoe fried dumplings were unique and yummy. Lots of choices that are a bit adventurous for most diners which to me is a good thing. Don't go with diners that are limited. Additionally the wine list was extensive for such a tiny place and there were ENDLESS reasonable choices. I rate this as a great little place with a unique dining experience - maybe not for a saturday at 8 pm but a place i will revisit. Also, what is up with the harsh reviews. I like the whole package and believe anyone visiting WITHOUT preconceived notions will like the place just fine.
By moreblack on 5/21/2008
In a square room with no interior design, this overly hyped restaurant has an unwelcoming, amateur staff better suited to corraling disco-goers in Staten Island. Instead of welcoming a party of four, we were confronted by a constant issue of time. On a pouring rainy night, "if you are not here 15 minutes past your reservation, we will give the table to someone else," said the hostess. "If we seat you before the other members of your party appear, you will be responsible for paying for meals for all four people, said the hostess." "We will take your table back at 9:30 for other people," said the hostess. Early arrivals are told to go outside to Bar Jamon - a crowded, noisy, small space, full of under-30s. For the rep of Casa Mono, you are treated to a single restroom, that is tinier than any construction standard, and right off the kitchen. The food was totally mediocre, at an equal price, if that's your quest.
First impression was great
By marci9380 on 5/15/2008
I dined at Casa Mono last night for the first time and have to say I was impressed. The dining room is very small(maybe 15 tables), and unless you get a good corner table the elbow room can be hard to come by, but the food and ambiance is well worth the sacrifice. If you want to grab a drink at the bar you'll have to go next door to their sister restaurant Bar Jamon which only serves beer and wine. Once seated, try the sweetbreads and the fried duck egg with "tuna bacon" is to die for. The only reason I gave the service a 7 was because it was very busy and the server could have been just a bit more attentive. Also it was kind of a chore to get our waters refilled. But our server did a great job selecting our food. Overall this place is a great value, our dinner for 3 was $130 with wine.
By jaw280 on 4/10/2008
the seating was so cramped that it was uncomfortable. but my biggest complaint: the food just wasn't good. there are so many better places nearby. go somewhere else.
Salt Salt Salty food!
By jsilva on 3/24/2008
The place is cozy and cute. The food is oily and extremely SALTY. I was sitting at the bar and watched how much salt the chef dumped in my trout( I had one bite)- my bf and I couldnt believe we even made jokes ...We left the rest. w a major headache and nousious. The wine was good at least....
By Cuaimo on 2/20/2008
My first experience at Casa Mono was fairly enjoyable. The place is small and cozy, and sometimes you are in the mood for that and sometime you'e not. I sat at the "bar" that faces the chefs as they cook. Overall, I enjoyed the wine list, quite extensive, and the food was good as I recall. However, I returned a couple of weeks ago and after choosing two small plates to begin with but was informed by the waiter that it was the policy of the restaurant that all plates be ordered at once. I had know idea what I would want through out the evening, and as far as I was concerned this "policy" is the antithesis of a tapas place. So, basically, what I had hoped to be a relaxed meal over a couple bottles of wine, turned into a cramped table slammed with plates and glasses. I guess the key is to go on slow night to ensure a leisurely attentive meal.
By KitChen on 1/2/2008
Awful, greasy food. Only reason this place is so popular is the Batali label. I tried it 2 times--each time, i left feeling bloated and smelling like a vat of frying oil left overnight in a fryer. New Yorkers can be such fools for a designer chef label. Go to Pipa instead or one of those cheap Spanish places on 23rd Street.
crowded, pricey, good food, great energy
By eclord on 5/17/2007
Crowded space but great energy. Prices a little steep but good wine and great food. Kitchen is right in front of you...in a good way.
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