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Posted by Anonymous on 01/25/2009
I've been to Casa Mono numerous times and am always pleased. The food is fantastic and quality never lets me down. I'm baffled by the last review. The person even said that she didn't realize it was a tapas place - how can you review it poorly based on the fact you didn't realize it was tapas. The portions are actually a good size for tapas. Who complains about an extensive wine list? The place is known for great Spanish wines. As for the comment on service, it's New York .. seriously, what do you expect? This place is fantastic.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2009
My bf and I came here for our one year anniversary. We had no idea that it was a tapas place! The restaurant was cozy and warm, a nice change from the cold. It was really cramped and we got really familiar with the next table. Our waiter handed us our menus and water and disappeared for a good 15 minutes. It took about 2 minutes to realize that I had no idea what the menu was talking about since some of it was in spanish, and 3 years of high school spanish hasn't lasted me this long. He finally came back and curtly rattled off answered to our questions, took our orders and left. Needless to say, the portions were tiny tiny, we didn't order wine because the wine BOOK was a good 10 pages and really expensive AND the waiter never suggested that we order wine, and the food was pretty darn salty. The oxtail with peppers was palatable, basically mushed oxtail meat stuffed in peppers in on a small plate. The sample of meats was so salty! I definitely won't be returning to this restaurant. I was clueless, but I wished the waiter had spent a bit more time explaining to us about the portions, and suggested wine. Just not my kinda food, I guess.
Great food every dish we ordered was flavorful and interesting. I love the skirt steak and the Casa Mono signature salad. The atmosphere is small, but lovely. Everything is worth coming back for expect for the service. Our waiter was curt and acted as if he was so inconvenienced by us. This wasn't the first time we've had poor service here beware
Posted by Eaglesfan on 06/21/2008
Ate at Casa Mono last night with my girlfriend, the food was excellent, I had the skirt steak and she had the lamb and both were great. Long, expansive, and expensive wine list, we chose a 13 dollar one and it was very good. So in terms of what you are coming for...both are great. Decor is very nice, but the place is small, be warned. Lots of reviews about the service being poor, I agree. My hostess was fine but the server, while being competent, really keep pressuring us into more expensive items. This is unacceptable and unprofessional, it wasn't as if we weren't already spending a good amount of money. Overall, well worth a visit for the food, but be wary of the server.
Posted by TC from CT on 05/04/2008
My wife and I have been to Casa Mono many times and enjoy it greatly. We prefer to sit at the bar and watch the chefs prepare the dishes. We especially like the razor clams, skirt steak and duck. Casa Mono is reminds us of Cal Pep in Barcelona, a wonderful restaurant that also always diners to sit at the bar and watch the food being prepared.
Posted by Chucky on 05/02/2008
the patatas bravas are fingeling potatoes sauteed with salsa brava that includes many flavors which is what most diners want to encounter....many flavors, it's also topped off with pimenton and scallions....for your info, I have heard people from Spain in there say that they were in fact better than in Spain...I go to Casa Mono at least once a week and it is the best thing on that menu!!!!a long with half that menu....
Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2008
it was all but spanish tapas, I would called fusion tapas. in my opinion they over did it what could be a simply tasty spanish potatas bravas ....turned to be popatoes with many flavors! All bottles of wine were extremly expensive! Our server not very friendly. Save your money or go elsewhere.