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Casa Mono
Casa Mono

Casa Mono Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.casamononyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 253-2773
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Daily 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Call to reserve a spot at our monthly wine education class in Bar Jamon. Casa Mono and Bar Jamon are available for buy outs. Please email info@casamononyc.com for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W and L trains to 14th Street/Union Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Casa Mono
Casa Mono features raciones of Catalan specialties and serves dishes from all corners of Spain. It was awarded 2 stars from the New York Times shortly after its opening and was the highest rated Spanish restaurant in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Zagat.

Casa Mono boasts a wine list of nearly 600 wines, representing all that is of quality in the rapidly expanding world of Spanish Wine. Our wine list was awarded the Wine Enthusiast Magazine Award of Unique Distinction in 2007, and has earned The Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for 2005 through 2007. It was recently awarded with The Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for 2008, as well as being rated 9.5 out of 10 in the Spanish wine magazine Sibaritas.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "A great combination of atmosphere, service and amazing food. The wait-staff and wine-guy are not snooty but are very knowledgeable and helpful. They bring out the tapas with perfect order and timing. Small place, but a very pleasant atmosphere. The sauces are world-class. Only imperfect thing is that I think the desserts are not quite as good as everything else. E.g. bread pudding was flavorful but too sweet."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had 6 plates between the two of us, each an excellent adventure. Goat confit was the favorite by a nose. We ordered wine by the glass due to the varied nature of our dishes. We were very impressed by the attention paid by the sommelier. This was a nice touch. Crowded and noisy, but what would one expect from a Manhattan hot spot?"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Such a wonderful restaurant. Whenever we're in NY, we always make sure we eat at Casa Mono...great food, great ambience... Wish we could bring you with us to Hawaii"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Too crowded to wait at bar counter, so I had to wait outside for all my friends to gather. Food was good, but size was small if you consider the price. If you were a Spanish wine lover, this restaurant is the must to go."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Perhaps the best Tapas in NYC. Great wine list - principally Spanish as is appropriate. Irving Place is a reasonably quiet street so when they leave the sliding doors open it is quite comfortable. Love to sit at the bar and watch how they turn out the variety of dishes as quickly as they do. I have only done lunch at Casa Mono. It is a small space so I can imagine it is overflowing at dinner. Particularly enjoyed the razor clams, octopus with fennel and crispy pork belly."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "While our actual server was great, we were stunned by the fact that both the hosts refused to allow us to sit down because the third member of our party had not arrived, at 4:55 PM when the restaurant had TWO customers in it only and it was 85 degrees outside. Talk about a stupid policy. Our friend was late, so while we explained we were happy to sit and begin reading the menu and even ordering on our friends behalf, they refused. Then when our friend did arrive at 5:15 they informed us we would have to "hurry up" and be out by seven because they needed the table. The food here is good, but we were all surprised by the obvious stupidity of policy over common sense and hospitality. Our check would have been much higher if they'd let us sit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "What a find. Great tapas and fantastic ambience. We wanted a good restaurant for a special night out in New York and we certainly found it in Casa Mona."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you ever had the opportunity to eat at Bar Pinotxo at La Boqueria in Barcelona the food here is the closest you'll get in NYC, with upgraded service and fantastic wine. This is an exceptional dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Casa Mono is one of my favorite tapas spots in the city. I always find something new on their menu that I need to try. This time around, the stand out dish was Fideos with Chorizo and Clams. Quite literally, the entire table just FOUGHT OVER the savory fideo noodles and fresh clams. I would go back and order 2 next time. The foie was a bit underwhelming in portion/price, but pig ears and squid was also widely enjoyed and fun to eat. Overall, a great experience as always."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We really didn´t like it at all. It is a pretentious restaurant. The food comes not in small, but in tiny portions, but of course at steep prices. It is not a Spanish food restaurant (nothing with Uni can be called a Spanish-food restaurant). I´d never go back again, never."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you love Tapas this is pretty good. It's almost Spain like good. A little pricey if you don't mind. Service might be a little slow but definitely worth a try."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The regular menu plus specials provide great choices for everyone. The food is consistently very good, with courses timed very well. The staff is friendly and the wait staff particularly knowledgeable. Warm weather allows the restaurant to open the doors giving an "outdoor feel". Always a great choice."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "always a favorite. service is excellent and food is always consistent."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was pretty good overall, though my setas & garlic (mushrooms) was way too salty, we couldn't eat it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I've been coming to this restaurant for almost a decade and it has never disappointed. I love that my favorite dishes (fideos with clams, sweetbreads, bacalao) are always on the menu, but do not remain stagnant, with pleasant and surprising tweaks to the preparation. On this visit, the crispy pork belly was rich and sweet and meltingly delicious, and the blackened beet salad amazed this beet-hater, it may have been my favorite dish of the night! One change I noticed since my last visit a few years ago is that the waiters and hosts, while still very knowledgeable, were much friendlier this time and, gasp, even smiled! Lovely. (But where are the wonderful tables with the little desks underneath? Was it just mine, or are they all gone? Pity!)"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is my second time visiting casa mono, it is always my favorite"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had always heard that this was the best tapas place in NY. We were unimpressed by the food - we ordered some of the more famous dishes and werent really wowed by any of them. The service wasnt too great and the dining room was small and cramped. Wouldnt be going back here any time soon. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Tiny cramped space but well worth it. Every plate was delicious, creative and almost addictve. Pigs ears, fideos, pulpo, pork belly, anchovies. Bring some friends so you try more dishes. Union Square gem. Sorry I didn't discover this place sooner. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Over cooked seafood, and seemingly everything overpriced for small servings. The ramps with romesco were delicious. Service was best part of meal."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Good wine selection and interesting menu choices, great small plates. Would definitely o back - moderate pricing too."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had been wanting to get to Casa Mono for a while and finally tried it for lunch. (When it opened it was just too crowded.) The food is very good, very sharable, not horribly pricey. We had oxtail stuffed piquillo peppers, silky scallops, salad with manchego and everything was great. Our server was completely bored by us. She asked a question and then looked out the window waiting for a reply. I'm not sure if she had teeth --if so, she never showed them with a smile. The place is very small, so you have to wait on the sidewalk for your party to arrive as they will not seat you for 5 minutes alone -- even at a 1:30 lunchtime with a half empty restaurant. Mario needs to read one of Danny Meyer's customer service books. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Tapas style, great way to eat several menu items. Food was very flavorful. They cannot accommodate parties larger than 6. Everyone enjoyed their meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This bar is fabulas. Food quality is 5 stars on par with the top tapas places in Barcelona Small but good ambiance and service "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have dined here half a dozen times in the past year. Some of the dishes are inspired while others are good. If you would like tapas, but cannot make it to Spain, then this is a very good choice. The dining area is, to say the least, "cozy"; this impacts the service as it is difficult for the wait staff to move around. The wine list is excellent."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Imagine sharing dishes that you have to fight over...so delectable that you would run over your grandmother to get a 2nd bite. Sure, the dishes are perfect for sharing...make certain that you get 6-7 for a full evening's meal, but don't be surprised if you are jousting your partner for the last bite or jamon or lamb belly. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First time there and loved it! Sat at the bar looking at the open kitchen, very fun dining experience. Food was great! A couple dishes were indeed a bit on the salty side as some reviews said on here, but flavor-wise still very good. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Very creative menu. Superb tapas, razor clams, foie gras, fideus, and so on and so forth. Terrific wine list with wonderful Spanish wines. Tight spaces."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The bottom line is that Casa Mono is a wonderful dining experience! It is a small restaurant with a huge opportunity to taste truly uniquely prepared food! Musts on their menu ... foie gras, pork belly, quail ... our group of four enjoyed the small plates, adding and ordering more choices as we sat sipping our wine and becoming more and more adventuresome as the evening wore on. Mario Batali deserves his Michelin stars for this restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I liked EVERYTHING! A bit pricey, but I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "very small place, hard to make reservations, overall the food is ok, but not as good as expected"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "we've dined here a number of times and the food is consistently very good. The tables are pretty close , not a lot of space to move around, but the good wines help you forget this impediment:) Consider 2 tapas per person to share , that would be enough, "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food at Casa Mono was absolutely amazing. The butterscotch scallops was the best thing I've had in months!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I keep going back and every time I'm dazzled by the array of flavors in their tapas, such creative cooking. Among my favorite the foie gras, the marrow bones, the razor clams, the artichokes with miny"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The razor clams are fantastic, the foie gras is outstanding, etc., but has Casa Mono become a bit static or complacent? Let's add some new and innovative dishes to the menu... "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My friend was in from out of town and I took her here for lunch. We ordered the foie gras, the bone marrow, the duck egg and cured tuna, the confit goat, and the pig's ears (and an ambulance). It was ALL AMAZING! The chef was great to watch, she made it look so easy. But everything was nailed. Such a great experience. I've been 3 times now for lunch and dinner and each time is fantastic."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Unique menu! Everything was yummy. Great location as well."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is great - my favorites were the quail, bone marrow, and patatas bravas. The staff also provides excellent wine recommendations for the food you order. The only complaint I have is the strict rule against ordering more food - seems very inflexible! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Folks, Even a two-seat table is cramped, especially because this is a tapas restaurant, so many dishes are brought at the table at once. Everything in this place is so confined and tiny, that it gives you big discomfort. I made a reservation a month in advance and were 3 people seated at a table for 2!! So we did not just show up at the door begging for a table, however, instead of a great Mario Batali experience, the entire meal was the stress and fear that we may spill, drop, or break glasses or plates. And desperately trying to find additional spots for the plates and beverages that kept coming. Food was very good, but it’s not worth the frustration, especially for the pricey menu!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Every about this place is perfect. Food is always amazing, the wine is very very good, the ambience is great. Love it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Casa Mono has unique and luscious food! I adored this restaurant, had high expectations and was not disappointed. The mushroom,potato,and scallop dishes were divine! Anyone who truly LOVES great food will be unbelievably happy here."
    Dined on 4/21/2014