MONOMONO

4.3
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$30 and under
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Asian
MONOMONO is a beloved East Village destination where its signature Asian Fusion meets flower-garnished soju cocktails, various and unique music playing everyday. Located at 116 E. Fourth St., the design combines art deco musical antiques, modernist quasi-industrial elements and 15,000 vinyl records encased along its walls. The effect is delectable, elevating musical appetites while providing more conventional nourishment in the form of robustly flavored fare.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Loved the burger and the soju!

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Kate
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, the ambience, creative seating, rustic decor. The food was really good, the octopus was one of the best octopus I tried, also I recommend taking the wings they amazing. Next time I’m returning when they playing jazz, came on Wednesday so didn’t get to see that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. We are here at least 1x week!!! The staff and manager are so nice! Love the wings

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food and drinks were great! The hostess was hardly paying attention to the waitlist and didn’t seat us for over an hour even though she had told us 30 minutes to wait. We kept trying to get her attention and when we would ask her questions would get distracted and not come back to give us any answers.

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OlyaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing ambience and patient waiters. We were the tough crowd.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service overall- took well over 29 minutes to get drinks and we had to get our own cutlery as that wasn’t in the table when we were seated. Food was ok, nothing to rave about at all. Getting the servers attention was frustrating and hard, the table next to us had to get up to get their own water and cutlery too. Wouldn’t recommend or return unless they overhaul and properly staff.

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Kenan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

I brought my friends to have dinner all together however they were not even able to get our orders at the same time.

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vipJenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Overall great vibe and decor. Service could be better. Drinks took forever to come.

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Pulchrituda
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The decor is absolutely superb - the place has a very original and lovely vibe. Great for a date or dinner where you can actually have a conversation. Food was good for most part, but the soft shell crab was a bit disappointing. We had 5 dishes in total and the other 4 were lovely. I’d definitely recommend this place and plan to be back

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lucys
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food and atmosphere of this restaurant are phenomenal- however, it took us over 40 min to all receive our drinks and we were all given the wrong drink. Additionally the waiter was inattentive and forgot about multiple dishes we ordered. However- the ambience and food make this restaurant worth the visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The place was very empty yet hard to get the servers attention.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The chips and ice cream is great

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible. Every dish we got was great. Love the design too, felt like I walked inside of a giant tree and was transported. Really cool. Tasty food.

Music was a little loud, wish it was a little quieter to make it easier to talk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing foods and great service. Should went Quince aged whiskey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was good but too loud for a date

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I decided on Mono&Mono for a date night this past weekend. We’d been here twice already and it has been a favorite of ours. The ambiance is lively and the restaurant well-designed. This time we sat at a small side table in a pseudo-booth next to the large wall of records on the left of the restaurant. We ordered the soju sangria pitcher to start as well as the wings—they are not to be missed! For our main course we split the special (braised pork belly served with banchans) and the soft-shell crab. Both were fantastic dishes and well proportioned. Our server took great care in presenting and describing each one, and was very helpful while we deliberated on drinks. We ended up striking up a fun conversation about the kimchi served with the pork later on in the meal too!
Overall, great atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, and wonderful food. This would a great restaurant for groups or date nights alike.

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DinnerVisitor
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding service and creative dishes, not to mention its special decorations. could be the next insta famous spot in nyc

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OTFoodie
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away from the moment we stepped into the restaurant. The food was exquisite, and prepared perfectly. The service was efficient and friendly. This will be a regular go-to when we’re in NYC, and I will recommend it to everyone. Simply fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was awesome, service mediocre to below average. Would come here if you are in zero rush and with no expectations of someone “taking care” of you

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GregK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If your going there don’t expect normal Asian food. Comes with a twist, tapas style portions. But the food is amazing. They love cash he sent why they only accept Amex as a card option. Well worth going

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ioff13
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great place for jazz enthusiasts. The whole place is jazz themed. I don't know if they sometimes feature live music, but they've got awesome jazz tracks on constant shuffle. The sound quality is superb. The jazz theme is supported through the decor which features a wall of LPs and a clothesline of LPs that are in constant motion circling the ceiling. A very relaxing chill environment.

Besides that, the food was very tasty. I'd call it Korean comfort food. Thick crispy chicken wings, batter fried, and crackling with a honeyed spicy coating. Tangy spare ribs with plenty of meat that just falls off the bone. All are supported by relatively odd sides (optional) like potato wedges and Mexican corn.

My party went for any early-ish dinner, about 5:30, so the place was mostly empty, so it's hard to describe the noise level. The music, however, was front and center within the space -- not so loud as to compete with it, but if you're not a jazz enthusiast, you may not necessarily be entirely comfortable dining there.

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viplsn1
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Several items were amazing (shishitos, corn, Monomono salad, burger), but the prawn entree was ice cold. It almost seemed as if we were served frozen shrimp that had just been thawed. Also,appetizers and one main course arrived before the first drinks. When we started being served our entrees while still awaiting our drinks, we were told it would be another 10 minutes. When our drinks finally arrived, more than 3/4 of the glass was a large ice cube, leaving very little room for the long-awaited cocktail. Service seemed off kilter.
Space/ambience was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior is magical. There’s jazz playing selected from thousands of records that line one wall. The food and drinks are innovative (and delicious) takes on Korean flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was AMAZING! Beautiful decor, amazing food.

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CFLO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Monomono was gorgeous inside. Beautiful layout, the ambiance was nice. But the food was overpriced and not very flavorful. The bread on the burger was hard and stale, and they were out of both the octopus and the fried chicken.

Overall, the price of the final bill didn't accurately reflect the experience. I would recommend Monomono for drinks, but not food.

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yunxiehahahaha
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great interior and good food! Nice hang out spot with friends

CM
CristinaMR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, great food, lovely ambiance, the wings were outstanding and the cucumber salad surprisingly delicious. Everything was great and the place itself is a gem. We will be back!!

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vipNancy
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was quite good, BUT...look out for the dishonesty on the bill you’ll receive. Shady that they charge gratuity on the taxed amount when everyone knows it must be on the amount before tax. It’s principle, don’t try to cheat your guests.

Also...only cash or AMEX? Won’t be returning. Servers were friendly, but not attentive—not penalizing in start rating for that though. Just the tip thing.

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MaryS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I was really excited about dining here because I've walked by multiple times and thought it looked so cute. So I made a reservation after checking out the menu online, but when I sat down and opened up the menu it said that they only take cash or American Express cards, neither of which I or my friend had. So I got up and left - I'm not going to pay for an ATM fee. You should put this disclaimer on your website so that people don't make a reservation and then come all the way to your restaurant just to come to that realization when they're already hungry and in a time crunch. Also, why accept the one credit card that no one seems to have? Seems like you'd be losing out on a lot of potential business.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The vibe is perfect! The drink is good. Again the vibe is more than perfect! So perfect that it makes up the loss of the food taste for being a little bit overpriced.

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Michy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour and it was awesome. The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of payment options.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Seemed a bit short-staffed, and the music could be lower volume.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went on a Tuesday so it was kinda of quiet. But still had a great time

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Christine
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Our food hadn't come yet for one hour, just because the staff forgot to put our order to the kitchen list.

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vipKRobb
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Most importantly: the food was great!
Second: the soju-based cocktails were as delicious as they were artfully presented.
Third: the setting is super cool. The restaurant is beautifully art designed.
Fourth: the servers were all very friendly and responsive.
I'll come back for sure.
The one strike against is that they only take AMEX or cash... Why? Who carries either one of those?

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Julietm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great food! lovely atmosphere, the restaurant is very unassuming from the outside but large and has great food

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vipDanielW
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. The only problem was the service. We were a party of 5 and they brought two entrees out 20 minutes before the rest of the people, so by the time everyone’s food arrived the food was cold.

JP
JoannaPil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Dinner was about 2 hours because of how long we waited for food to come out. Each dish came out separately with was disappointing. The setting was beautiful. Drinks looked nice but werent too good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Quite and chilling