All Reader Reviews of...
52 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
By urbnredhed on 5/23/2011
I had to book a table a month in advance and could only get at 10:30 pm seating for two. The service was horrendous--rude, inattentive and snotty. I feel like the dancer-cum-waiter was trying to do his best "New York waiter" attitude. The food was OK. Nothing to write home about. Nothing Spanish about it. Skip it!
By EFC1788 on 1/25/2011
The food was completely bland. Then bland turned to bitter when the check came. I got the pumpkin and goat cheese croquettes, which were fine, yet had the eerie feeling of being reheated from perhaps the previous night Then came the scallops with apples; scallops didn't taste like anything, nor did the sauce, and there were just a few slivers of apples on the plate. The bread pudding came for dessert, but yet again, it was so unspecial that I found myself wondering that maybe I missed all the good dishes on the menu. For the prices of these small tapas plates, boring should not be an option. The service was alright, a little tightly wound. There are much much much better tapas places in New York, price AND food wise.
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.
coffee shop atmosphere
By glitterace on 11/22/2006
great food and coffe shop fast food service - got rushed through meal and had check in front of me before i finished. my protest went unanswered by waiter and owner - both unprofessional and ungracious, they could have not cared less - just there to make the bucks and no clue how to be a restaurateur - if Mario only knew....
By Gustav_Siebenberger on 3/31/2005
Expecting bona fide tapas and a wide variety, we were first brow-beaten by the waitress, who was intent on ridiculing our wine choices, then only to bring on tapas americanized to full-size entrees. The much-praised(and tapa-sized) tripe had a vinegary/formaldehyde sting on the palate and the goat carcass passing for another tapa plate was massive enough not to leave any room/courage/appetite for further variety.
Would not go back
By miele35 on 6/11/2011
The waitor stood by the table rushing to take our plates, it was obvious he wanted us out of there quick. The food was ok, very small portions and high prices.....There are many better options for tapas in NYC!!
By lordmerde on 10/25/2010
partly because they don't have a brunch menu, but also because the choices are limited, very, very heavy, and ultimately unsatisfactory
By cheeba on 7/11/2009
i was very unhappy the service, our server's attitude was so rude and unpleasant.we felt like been looked upon by him, it wasn't quality service at all.
If you enjoy horrible service, average food and a pricey bill, come here!
By grubstreetqueen on 6/3/2009
What a nasty and bitter old hostess they have here (and just found out she is the manager!). I have never been treated so poorly than I was tonight at Casa Mono. After we ran a $350 bill, we were kicked out of our table because they had a reservation waiting. She could have politely asked us to finish up, or even sent us to the bar next door to finish our wine, but instead this sour lemon of a hostess (and manager) was incredibly rude and practically pulled a glass of wine out of my friend's hand. Very unprofessional. I dine out quite often and have never experienced anything like this...still in shock actually. They should be embarrassed and ashamed of their rude staff (hostess/manager specifically). The food was nothing special. I do not recommend this place. As a loyal Lupa, Babbo and Otto regular, your money and time are better spent at these other Batali establishments, not Casa Mono. This place stinks!
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.
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