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Posted by A&A on 07/21/2014
Wanted to like it. We sat at the kitchen counter and it was nice watching the chefs prepare our meal. The one thing we did notice was how liberal the use of salt was. The food was too salty and oily. Its a shame. The razor clams would have been nice but were drowned in oil and salt as was everything else. The rabbit, well. Lets just say it was nonexistent. I know they are small like quails but if your going to serve rabbit, serve at least a little piece of it. The only good plate was the foie gras. It was excellent right down to the garnish which blended perfectly and was great to eat as well. Sadly, we wont be back. Going to try some others.
Posted by Bing R on 04/15/2013
I go here alone and sometimes with friends or family. It's not a place that you go to once. The food is consistently good and anything you order from the menu will be good and made from fine ingredients. I love the razor clams a la plancha, the pork belly, fideos, and for dessert the catalan flan which is served with a batter-coated and fried laurel leaf or bay leaf.
Posted by Jaye on 06/19/2012
We went to Casa Mono on a Sunday evening, with a friend who was visiting from the UK. The food was too salty and very pricey for the portion sizes and the restaurant was very cramped. Overall, nothing to write home about - we won't be going back.
Posted by Hccnyc on 05/15/2011
I can't believe that there are so many negative service reviews. I had dinner there recently and the service was excellent. We didn't have a reservation so we had to wait a half hour but were subsequently seated at the bar. The waiter was very attentive and did not try to get us to order more food, we ordered 5 dishes between the 2 of us. the portions were great, we left full but not bloated. The razor clams could have used a bit more flavor but the rabbit, pulpo, patatas bravas, and pork dishes were perfectly seasoned and delicious. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by epods on 01/03/2011
Very expensive, overrated tapas restaurant. The music was ridiculously noise, as though we were in some teenage East Village joint. Some of the food was really delicious but half of what we ate was mediocre. The waiter tried to impose on us an larger order, which was embarrassingly declasse'. On top of everything, the place is cramped.
Posted by TimeOutCasaMono on 12/30/2010
Over the years, I have eaten at Casa Mono probably 50 or so times. I've spent a good chunk of time at the counter. I used to love watching Andy Nusser cook (before he moved to Tarry Lodge) and chatting with him about Barcelona. I remember when Ilan Hall was a line cook there before winning Top Chef Season 2. As I have often done, I walked in yesterday with a friend at about 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon and said we were going to sit at the bar have one or two things to eat and a few drinks. The host (who I had not seen before) was incredibly rude and said that it's a full service restaurant and that they expect all diners to order full meals. When we expressed that we had eaten there many times and never had an issue, the host rolled his eyes with more attitude and said he would seat us this time. Rather than feel like we were somehow indebted to the oh so magnanimous host, we decided to leave. It's a shame that Casa Mono seems to have lost its way. Recently meals there have not had the precision they used to. Once perfectly cooked razor clams recently came out near raw. A once amazing fideos dish was overpowered by the uncooked alcohol in the added wine. Hopefully Casa Mono can refocus and return to the standard they once held.
Posted by UWSguy on 07/17/2010
Very expensive average non-traditional tapas in a cramped loud space made for an extremely regretful meal. By far not the place to go if looking for authentic Spanish tapas in New York City. If money is no object and being seen in a popular spot is more important than attentive service or quality food, then perhaps this place is for you.