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Posted by cara on 09/13/2006
I am a picky eater as well and when I looked at the menu online I was skeptical, The food was fantatsic and I am usually a picky eater. The sepia was flavorful, goat cheese croquettes were amazing as well as the baccala- I was so glad I ventured and can't wait to return. the staff was not the best and the rest is somewhat small and cramped but it is part of the fun atmosphere, highly recommend!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2006
I will start by saying that I am not generally a picky eater and I am very easy going. However, after my negative experience at Mono, I felt compelled to write a review. So here we go... My wife and I have been wanting to eat @ Mono for a while, but could not find the right time to go (usually too crowded). However, we were in the neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon @ 4:00 so we stopped in for a quick bite. Place was empty and was seated right away. This is where my experience went sour. After he finally got to our table (took about 15 minutes and there was nobody in the restaurant) the waiter was aloof. My wife and I are generally pretty outgoing and friendly, but this guy was not having any of it. So, we gave him our order... We had duck with capers, fried artichoke hearts, jamon de mono (proscuitto), corn and pumpkin and goat cheese croquettes. When the food arrived, I was disappointed. The artichokes were tough, the duck was chewy and the croquettas were lacking in flavor. The corn was decent and the ham was...well...ham, but neither were great. After we finished our meal, we quickly asked for the check and the waiter another 10 minutes to retrieve it. I paid and left without receiving a thank you. I was handed the bill with a smirk and then the waiter walked away. Also, at no point throughout our meal did the waiter ask us if everything was OK. The buss boys actually did a better job taking care of us than the waiter did! So, needless to say, due to the quality of service and food, we will not be returning here.
Posted by achef22 on 07/31/2006
Had tapas here on busy night, staff was slow but food was great! Had skirt, a snapper, tripe, all were very tasty and beautifully presented. Go early to avoid rush - people sit at the chef bar and won't leave.
Posted by Park sloper on 07/01/2006
A friend and I went here after a particularly harrowing Monday at the office and couldn't have been more pleased. Sweetbreads, duck, quail with figs and patatas bravas impeccably cooked. Wine was great though I mistakenly chose a rather floral tasting sauv blanc that didn't quite gel with the meal. The house chardonnay that my friend imbibed was rather fantastic and smooth. Dessert time found us gnoshing on a molten-chocolate-cake-type dish with ice cream as unoriginal as you can possibly get being that it's on every high-end menu in the city. Stuffed at a 2-top in the corner was also a tad annoying but the server was friendly and unobtrusive. Overall, the succulent tapas will bring us back.
Posted by Steve on 06/14/2006
I had a late lunch on a Wednesday and had almost the entire restaurant to myself. Sat at the kitchen bar and ordered the tasting menu. All six courses were amazing, especially the Dorada with morcilla and cockles, and the Guinea Hen with plum mostaza. Very wonderful.
Posted by cute, delicious but cramped on 05/11/2006
This corner location is always filled with fairly well-heeled 30 somethings. It's a cozy place but can be a bit cramped. When the weather is nice, the open doors/windows make it a dream regardless of capacity. The tapas is excellent as well as the wine. Many neighboorhood locals visit Casa Mono and they've made tapas recommendations to me. It's worth a visit but it's on the pricey side. The variety and flavor of their food is unexpected and really wonderful.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2006
We went here, great restaurant, the food was excellent. I highly recommend the quail and langostine, the grilled lamb, and the razor clams. It was made well. The service was a little slow, but not very noticeable. However, they serve food in tapas style, and for six dishes, it was $110ish (for four people), but the price was well worth it. Finally, the restaurant was a little small, and the chairs were a little cramped by the window, but it is comfortable, the air is fresh, and it a fun place to be.