Casa Mono Had Me At Hola
Mario Batali’s cozy, high energy tapas joint always hits the spot! The collection of small plates are broad and inventive- delivering solid ingredients and robust flavors. Sitting at the counter overlooking the kitchen is always fun but don’t take it for granted- scoring a table is pretty tough. I highly recommend making a res! If there’s a bit of a wait, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono’s sister restaurant is right around the corner, it’s a great place to grab a cocktail and an appetizer or two.
Mario Batali does a great job of transporting you to a cafe in Spain- allowing you to sample tasty tapas and great wine.
House Olives- Perfect for dipping. I never intend on eating as much bread as I usually do- the olive oil is irresistible.
Bacalao Croquettes- Fried yumminess…and the aioli was a perfect accompaniment.
Scallops- Cooked to perfection.
Lobster with Mussels- Tasty but the fennel over powered the dish a bit.
Shrimp- The combination of peppers and vinegar gave it a nice balance.
Oxtail Stuffed Peppers- This is one of my staples- I have it every time I go! It’s like a well seasoned stew.
Duck- Delish! It was the first time I tried the duck and it wont be the last.
SIP: Extensive wine list.
Casa Mono- 52 Irving Place / 212-253-2773
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