Casa Mono

Restaurants , Spanish Gramercy
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Casa Mono
Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Fladeboe
Offal-loving partner Mario Batali and protégée Andy Nusser (Babbo, Po) broke new ground by serving dishes that less adventurous tapas restaurants seem to shy away from: cock’s combs with cèpes, excellent fried sweetbreads in an almond-flour batter. Non-organ lovers should try the juicy skirt steak atop romesco sauce or the iconic fried duck egg on mound of sautéed fingerling potatoes, all topped with shaved salt-cured tuna. Dishes come straight from the open kitchen into the dining room, which is adorned with mosaic tile floors and lined with wine bottles. For a cheaper option, head to the adjacent Bar Jamón, serving a more casual menu of treasured Iberico hams, bocaditos and an impressive selection of Spanish cheeses.
Venue name: Casa Mono
Address: 52 Irving Pl
New York
Cross street: at 17th St
Opening hours: Daily noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average small plate: $12. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Moriah S

Not sure why this is $$ when it's definitely $$$ or $$$$ but anyways, WOW. The wine list (and by list, I mean book) is extensive. No cocktails which is sort of a letdown but it really helps the food shine. Pricey bottles - we got a cheap (lol) $55 red which was good! It's a tapas place so small plates and they recommend each person eats 2-3 so you do the math based on the number in your party. We ordered 5 and were really happy. They want you to order everything together so they can pair dishes together when they bring them out. We kind of rolled our eyes at that - like we're hungry and this menu is fire, let us eat everything right now but then once we tasted what they brought out together we were like okay okay you have a point we'll let you do your job.

We started with the burrata w/ candied sunchokes and pomegranate molasses and it was AMAZING. Easily the best burrata I've ever had, the flavor was rich and salty but sweet, wowowow. Then we had the duck egg w potatoes and black truffles. I've been hesitant about truffles recently after getting a truffle SOAKED pizza back in the fall, and they just seem to be everywhere but this was amazing. Never had duck egg before and the flavors totally complimented each other. Next 'course' was the dorada with cauliflower hash. Think hashbrowns made from cauliflower. Really good! Dorada is sort of a simple fish but the hash really enhanced the flavor and made it unique. Then we had the lamb pincho which was really good. It came with artichokes which I don't usually love but it was really really good. The lamb was fire. Next we had the skirt steak which was also perfectly cooked. It came on top of this tomato-y couscous type dish which was really tasty. As for dessert, the options looked amazing but wasn't what either of us were feeling like eating. 

Definitely a nice place for special occasions (my birthday was yesterday) or a fancy adventurous date. The seating is cramped and the open kitchen is cool if you're at the bar. We were originally squished between two other tables who were already eating and felt cramped and we asked to be moved to another table and luckily it worked out. If you're making a res, definitely specify you want a table with room as about half of the tables in the whole place are too close to each other.