52 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
By CAI on 2/22/2007
I have to say, I agree with the majority of the reviews on this page. The food was really very good and the waiter who looked after us was lovely, but the experience was marred by the sommelier who, having recommended wines out of our price range was visibily offended and morose after was asked for something more reasonable. We had been told we had to be prepared to give up our table by 10pm (and as we were slightly late, were agreeable to this), but the service was slow so, at ten minutes past ten when our coffees had only just arrived I went to check with the hostess the status of the table and to let her know we were just finishing up. Unfortunately the sommelier was at the front desk and I was told in no uncertain terms that, yes, they did need our table and they wanted us out as soon as possible! Such a shame as the food really was delicious, especially the duck egg with mushroom and truffle oil.
By woohoo55 on 12/25/2006
casa mono is the perfect blend of restaurant experiences. luscious food that never disappoints, excellent service by friendly unpretentious smart people, an extensive wine list with recs from down to earth sommeliers who suggest wines within your budget. a fun festive atmosphere. sit at the bar to see the chefs do their magic -- like a well choreographed dance of food. all this is topped with rock music for a great energy -- beastie boys, U2, the cure. razor clams, grilled setas full of garlic, asparagus. yum. seemingly effortless -- it works.
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 cator on 1/5/2006
We arrived to Casa Mono last night and were greeted by at least four waiters in 5 minutes that said someone will be right with us. When a hostess finally approached she was extremely rude and not at all accomodating. Never again
By marlen on 12/20/2005
I decided to take two of my best Spaniard friends to this tapas bar thinking it would make them very happy. It was far, far from our expectations. Service was slow, some interpretations of genuine tapas were just dissaponting and our experience was not a good one. Thanks God someone at work recommended me another Spanish restaurant, La Nacional. What a difference!!! Those were real tapas, genuine real tapas. there are certain things that are only good at home, but if you feel homesick......go to La Nacional.
By AmateurCook on 8/17/2005
Restaurateurs are to make a nice living by satisfying their customers with their culinary creations. To focus on making money, or to focus on creating the food and value – therefore making the customers feel totally happy as they pay for their satisfaction. The focus of Casa Mono is on making money. It practices the art of squeezing more time than there is from the restaurant clock. If you can’t get a reservation (for whatever reason they give you on the phone), but don’t mind hurrying up during the supposedly walk-in time, this could be your place. Be warned, though, the wines are expensive and the seating uncomfortable. The food can be good – but you have to know which ones to order, serving more like the bait for the wines to make the money.
By RitaAlmeida on 6/20/2005
i had a terrible experience at casa mono... waited for 55 minutes for a confirmed reservation... then we asked for 2 additional chairs for some friends that joined us and they didn t allow them to stay although the room, at that time, was empty. the food was below average and we were still hungry at the end of the meal!
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.
By Foxfire on 3/7/2005
Though the resturant is small, the food and service were exquisite. Tapas at it's best. The tasters menu was a dinning delight. We all shared in the delicate flavors that came out one by one. The wine paring was magnificent. We were in the city for dinner and a show and got everything we asked for.
By stellaparone on 11/29/2004
the food is top notch, inventive and always delicious. the tapas menu allows you to taste a variety of the fantastic dishes. the crowd is downtown but not too chic and not stuffy, but the waiters need a kick in the ass to speed it up. sit at the bar, the bartenders are much friendlier and knowledgeable. the oxtail, peppers, duck, and spanish ham are musts!