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52 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
Casa Mono - Cozy-High Energy-One of a Kind
By hgbancroft on 1/11/2004
A great new addition to the Gramercy scene! Small, cozy with a great - fascinating open kitchen and a 'way out' one of a kind menu served in the true Spanish style called "rationes' -portions meant to share with a group of friends or family - as opposed to "tapas' that are portioned for a single diner. Although I found not a lot of 'familiar' preparations that I can relate to my 16 years in Spain, they were all -without exception- expertly prepared, adequately presented and very delicious! I highly recommend it! Knowing the Batalit - Bastianich model - this will only get better and better. My closing observation is that I would enjoy more dishes based on fresh seafood (shellfish) and more authentic presentation of jamon serano (not the paper thin Italian slicer approach used here.)
Mario's Newest Restaurant
By Brandes on 2/24/2004
is tiny, cramped, loud and smoky (from the grill). If you want to go out and relax with a glass of wine and some delicious tapas, don't go to Casa Mono. If you want to get bumped into by waitstaff and other patrons when you are seated, and not mind smelling like you've been cooking all day, then this is your place. Good food, NOT relaxing. It was a bit rushed, the wait person encouraged us to order more food than we wanted, very cramped and pretty expensive for what you get. I would not go back here.
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!
Tapas win my heart again
By lifetimeaffairwithfo on 4/12/2004
Lovely Wednesday night venture out. No reservation yet we were luckily seated by the bar right away. Extensive wine menu. Reasonably priced tapas. We wanted to oder everything on the menu. Make sure you get the lame and Ox Tail. Exotic , exotic, exotic!
A very small adventure in eating
By pickyeater on 4/29/2004
I found the food generally excellent although the portions were often miniscule, and at times it was difficult to know what one was eating without the waiter as a guide. The roasted brocolli was delicious. Lamb was fine. Oxtail so so. Wines were fine. I was pleased by the imagination and good will that went into the resturant, but less than filled and satisfied when I left it.
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~?
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.
By Glieds on 11/17/2004
Great service, delicious food and a tasty wine... The meal was wonderful...
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!
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.
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