Spanish Sisters

19 March 2009

My friend said to meet her at Casa Mono because she was “jonesing for the razor clams.” Um, okay, I thought silently noting that, while reliably delicious, Casa Mono was kind of an ordinary choice. A New York institution, Casa Mono’s Spanish tapas was inspired by Spain-native Andy Nusser and co-opened in 2003 with it-man Mario Batalli, Nancy Selzer and Joseph V. Bastianich. If you’ve lived in Manhattan for over a year and haven’t been to Casa Mono or Spanish sister, Bar Jamon, maybe you just don’t eat. The tiny tapas-esque restaurant is packed every night of the week. When we were late for our 6:45 reservation, there was nothing else before 10. The staff is knowledgeable and kind, offering the kind of impeccable service one should expect from the epicenter of hospitality.

spanish.jpgAbout those razor clams… I for one, don’t think I’ve ever eaten a razor clam. I’ve frequented Casa Mono, but I never ordered the razor clams. My first thought was how can someone “jones” for a clam?!? Okay, a cigarette, I understand; a martini, I can relate; but what is it, a crack-laced clam? Um, basically, yes.

The razor clams are delicious as are the pumpkin and goat cheese croquetas. I haven’t eaten a dish at Casa Mono that I didn’t totally heart.

Everything is delicious. And if that isn’t reason enough to add it to your dedication rotation, here are a few more: 1) Reliability. It’s hard times! And we have to spend our dunkets deliberately. 2) The vino. Of course. And if you are trying to cut back, order one for two. It will give each patron about a 5 ounce pour. 3) The people around you are happily emersed in conversation that frequently highlights the food. 4) I spotted a dashing mid-thirties man at the bar and was after some sly inquiry was informed that he is a regular, and yes, he’s single. Visit Casa Mono…and Beuna Suerte!

Casa Mono  52 Irving Place between 17th and 18th  212-253-2773

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Posted by Emma Dinzebach at 06:18 AM
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3 thoughts on “Spanish Sisters

  • March 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I’ll give Casa Mono a chance this weekend although last Sunday night at Del Posto, the oh so acclaimed -Mario Batalli-Bastianich production was a disappointment. To begin with, I am tired of the lard they give you at the beginning of the meal. Peasants in Romania don’t eat that anymore. And the strange little amuse- bouche, and the littlest pasta dishes ever. Well, maybe the pasta is superb but overall Sunday night was not worth the money.

  • May 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    GOD- It was good. After reading your review Emma, I decided to have dinner there on Sunday. It was fabulous. We went with beer since I am a cheapest date ever, and I wanted to make sure that I will be alive by the time I get the main course. It was worth it! Only if the tables were not so small….I think the dashing dude works there in fact.

  • September 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I must admit that the dishes at Casa Mono are good, some are better than others, but what is with the attitude of the servers? I find that the wine list is over priced and the when ask to explain the the type of wine, a so called “wine expert” speak down to us as if I have never been to Spain and don’t know anything about wine.

    I do love the food there, and so I tend to come back every 2 months whenever I am in New York. I would love to recommend the place to more of my friends only if the attitude of the waiters there was not too snotty.


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