casa mono- in nyc from toronto
and giving it a big ol boo.
perhaps all you nyc'ers would have known to give it a miss?
we arrived around 9:30- the hostess said 45 minutes or so, so we headed to The House for a drink and some snacks while we waited. Really enjoyed their bar and friendly bartender. Had a great rose in front of me, my bum on the stool for maybe 15 minutes and the hostess calls me to come to get my table. I said, "Ok- 10-15 minutes allright?" Dead silence. I ventured, "10 minutes? I"ll be there in 10 minutes"- this appeased her.
so we went and sat at the bar. our girl was slightly harried as she was also slicing the serrano by hand. We ordered cuttlefish, octopus (sp?) and sweetbreads.
She wanted us to order more, but we sort of put our foot down aboiut it- she indicated, "Don't worry, I'll pace it all out." My husband said, "I've no doubt about that, but really, I've no idea of the portions, etc.. and would love to just go as we go- if that's allright." Ok, she'll allow it.
It all arrived at once. Fine.
The cuttlefish is this massive portion of cuttlefish to wade through, even for two people. Nothing to 'break it up' at all. If you're doing small plates, why not give half the amount and charge half (or 2/3, whatever) the price? Who wants a bucket o' cuttlefish swimming in olive oil?
Octopus was tough and flavorless.
Sweetbreads, well, my husband had me almost falling off my stool by calling it "Kentucky Fried Sweetbreads"- guess what, you bread and deep fry anything and it'll taste good.
At the end of the day, we were pretty happy that we hadn't ordered any more - we were both pretty over it- so we booked it.
Really enjoyed the Spotted Pig. light lunch at Lupa was meh, but a very good pasta dish (nothing to change your life, but that's fine). Looking forward to WD 50 tonight- I know you all have differing opinions on this one, but can't help but go see for myself.
Husband is a sous chef - so he is very interested to see what's going on there.
I wouldn't say a unanimous "Yep!" a lot of people, myself included, very much like Casa Mono. I have been there at least ten times and never had less than a fantastic meal there. But I never went as a walk-in at 10:30 and ordered very view dishes (though I know this is no excuse...). Nonetheless, sorry you had a bad experience.
I would never describe the meals we've had at Casa Mono as fantastic though the food has been very good. What I dislike about the place is the uncomfortable sardine-like table seating. And while I have no objection to bar dining, I would never do so there because the stools stools have no backs!