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Posted by nyc28 on 07/08/2010
Even though they say the customer is always right, this establishment does not seem to adhere to this rule. My husband and I were served the fattiest piece of meat possible. It was practically inedible and when we sent it back the chef told the waiter to tell us that it was fine. Needless to say it wasn't and we didn't eat it. It also cost $40 for the dish since it was a skirt steak dish for two. We asked them to take it off the bill but they refused. We had order many other dishes that were just fine but nothing special and the least they could have done was to reimburse us after serving us a full plate of fat. This place is pricey but the problem is you do not get what you pay for. The ambiance is okay but the place is a bit stuffy for my likes.
Posted by Lindsey on 06/10/2010
The food is amazing at Casa Mono. I love sitting at the counter and watching the chefs cook. The price point is amazing considering how good the food you get is. I highly recommend Casa Mono.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2010
Stopped by Casa Mono few weeks ago - sat at the "counter" and had excellent tapas. Pumpkin and Goat cheese Croquetas and skirt steak were delicious! Cheese special was great, came with yummy condiments (some kind of fig). My only gripe is with the semi-snobby service. Was told that b/c I didn't have a reservation there were no tables available (as noted above, sat at counter, which was great), yet throughout our meal many tables remained empty...
Posted by Sara on 04/13/2010
I went here with a few friends on Sunday afternoon for drinks at around 3pm. There were a few other tables but the restaurant was relatively empty. I can honestly say this was the worst service I’ve ever encountered. The waiters (we had 3 in 20 minutes) were beyond rude. We weren’t aware of the 2 plate minimum per person and completely forgot about the wine bar next door. Once the waiter found out that we would only be ordering a few small plates and wine he went and got his manager who told us we had to leave. They obviously didn’t take into account that we would have spent more money on wine than we would have on 2 plates per person. Bottles flow easily with this group. If they would have told us nicely, we would have happily moved next door. Needless to say, we will never be back and you shouldn’t bother either.
Posted by Ed on 02/05/2010
Had just an ok meal here last night. It was certainly not Batali quality. Sepia a la Plancha was cooked nicely, but fairly balnd. Oxtail stuffed peppers was inedible due to severe oversalting. Foie Gras with 5 onions was a nice dish. Service was good as it was not busy and the waiter recommended 2 nice wines. Glad I tried this place, but am in no rush to go back.
Posted by Vincent on 10/22/2009
Probably set my expectations a bit high as I was in Barcelona over the Summer and I was excited to experience similar tapas. I understand that you should always try to put your own twist on traditional plates, but don't make patatas bravas taste like French Onion Soup (w/too much brown sugar) and oversized burnt potatoes. The Duck Egg and Mojama (salt cured tuna) was equal to a ham, egg and cheese on a roll that you can pick up at any local diner. We were going to order Calamares Fritos, but we went with the Chopitos instead. Wouldn't of mattered much as they undercooked the cuttlefish which I expext would have been the same with the calamari. Came out very soggy and not well prepared. My only other complaint is that the hostess gave us the worst seat in the house. Probably just bad luck though... On the positive side I did enjoy the pork croquetas and the oysters. The waiter was also very helpful. Kind of stand offish at first, but once he realized we weren't tourists or complete snobs he recommended a bottle of wine. Reasonable and tasty - Botani.
Posted by ksk21 on 02/04/2009
I have to say that I'm rarely, if ever, disappointed in a Mario Batali restaurant and Casa Mono is no exception. The dishes my friend and I ordered went from good to absolutely delicious. I like that the menu feels very seasonal, too. It is a bit expensive, but worth it for a small splurge and I love the sharing aspect of tapas. I do have to agree that the service isn't as top-notch as at other Batali spots and it is cramped in there, but to me it's still worth it to eat a few things that really made my mouth happy.