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52 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
not good for groups. come on nymag.com
By Roach1130 on 4/7/2010
no fault of casa mono but they only seat tables of 6 or less. not an accurate description of the restaurant.
By DaisySpike on 8/11/2009
I don't know what other's who bad mouth this place have experienced. BUT I have been a dozen or more times at all times of day and night and the service is good , fun and very knowledgeable. Perhaps one needs to be well traveled and understand a tapas /bar/restaurant to fully appreciate it. I give it top marks and the lamb chops are to die for but then all of the tapas are delectible little treats.
What a fantastic experience
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 Dujour on 8/24/2004
What a pleasant surprise being able to make last-minute reservations at Casa Mono. Within 2 hours I was sitting at a table with my best friend sharing a bottle of great red wine ($30)and nibbling on the best assortment of tapas served outside of La Bouqeria. Chef Batali has translated some dishes into exciting new ones; croquettas of sweet potato and goat cheese and the mayonaise-less patatas bravas are two examples of concepts taken to a delicious, new level. The other dishes best left alone--are. While the dining area is small and somewhat cramped, the open kitchen opens the space while adding extra drama to the mix. Our waitress spoke Spanish and was more than familiar with the wines and geography of Spain. Voy a regresar otra vez, por cierto. If you miss Spain, visit Casa Mono to reawaken old memories. If you've never been, do. It's worth the trip.
Great, great, great
By nybr on 1/25/2010
Simply awesome! Sometimes service can be a bit rude (but not most times), but you'll be rewarded by the food! Foie gras and duck breasts, always perfect. The pan con tomate is amazing, as the calamari and the octopus. Wine list is a bit expensive, but you can always find some Spanish wines with a good value. In a nutshell: lovely, tiny treasure in Gramercy. Feels like dining in Barcelona.
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.
lusciously fun dining experience
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 Glieds on 11/17/2004
Great service, delicious food and a tasty wine... The meal was wonderful...
By sensei on 5/17/2004
A succession of tantalizing flavors, so tempting, so filled with wild abandon -like great sex, we couldn't stop thinking about it the next day. From the expertly cured, savory ham to the perfectly crisped and garlicky pan con tomate, nearly every tender morsel had us rolling our eyes to the heavens. Dessert was not as superb as expected, except for the deftly prepared creme catalan which was accompanied by curious deep-fried, donut-like cake encrusted bay leaves, the combination of which moved us into the sublime. The bar stools could be more comfy, but really, who cares if your butt retains a cross-hatch impression when there is such a place~?
the best night out I've had in months
By emily1 on 3/15/2004
I chose Casa Mono tonight as a rare treat and was pleasantly surprised...the tripe was cooked to perfection, the wine list is incredible, and my favorite, the sepia, was served alone, without a garnish, as it should have been (only because it was perfect). It was an absolutely amazing experience and very affordable considering the quality of the food; my taste buds went on a ferocious dancing frenzy all night long. What a hidden treasure!
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