new(ish) menu at casa mono
disclaimer: i frequent casa mono the most. that said, I stopped in last week for a snack and the chef mentioned the menu would be changing, so I went back last night.
I had what was essentially pork 3 ways - served on a cutting board with 2 pcs. of pan con tomato. about $16 or $18. I really loved the dish, but would have wished for a couple of thoughtful accompaniments. first was a terrine with black truffles that made me swoon. mind you, it was very well seasoned and I bet some would say too salty but it was seriously all truffle and pork and oh so just right for me. It was very rich and took a long time to eat (better if shared, for sure). truffle fiends who like well seasoned food should head over there right now. the boiled ham was a lovely surprise. really soft, incredible flavor for something so simple. would have enjoyed having an accompaniment here perhaps, tho. soppresata (sp?) was served as a spread, more like a rillette but a little more goop-y. red in color (just from the seasoning or a bit of tomato?) it was nicely spicy and had some good garlic flavor, although for this I would have wished for a bit of sea salt to sprinkle over, not just because I'm a salt fiend, but also to have a bit of little crunchy crystals to contrast the texture.
side of mushrooms great as always. ramps are on the menu (served with the steak and also as a side IIRC). they came with the raw fish and spring vegetable salad that I enjoyed. I wasn't taking notes and I was drinking plenty of wine, so sorry for the spare details. this was a simple dish with spring favas, peas, ramps, and pea shoots layered over thin slices of delicate white fish.
I had heard that they would be adding gazpacho to the menu, but it wasn't there yet. save that for next week's visit....
yeah, just call me the One Trick Pony.
My friend was in town on Sunday and we stopped in for a meal. I didn't love the razor clams. well seasoned but I hate parsley - and a little tough. Plus I'm a Cape Cod girl - these were always fishing bait (!) but I was glad to try them nonetheless. Mushrooms could have been a little more seared this time around. Snap peas were good, but not as good as other dishes. The two biggest winners:
Guinea Hen with Rhubarb Mostaza was absolutely fantastic and I'm craving it again already. Crispy skin, well seasoned, served with perfectly grilled, spring fresh asparagus and the rhubarb which was soft and poached(?).
The ramps with romescu. WOW.
These two dishes I'm dreaming about already, though I promised myself that the next time we visit, the ribeye for two is going down!
Yum!!!! Just went tonight and had the ramps and lamb. Good stuff. Why can't ramps be around all the time:(
I tried the casa mono sundae for dessert. Very strange. I'm not sure if I loved it or hated it. Interesting to say the least. I have to start going here more often. The wine list is supreb.
We had a great time and some wonderful food. The pork belly dish was outstanding. We also ordered the embutidos - the sobresada, the cured ham, and the terrine with black truffles - loved the latter, but we weren't so excited with the other two. We also had:
Ramps w/ Romesco sauce - excellent
Duck Egg w/ Mojama and Roast Potatoes - even better than last time
Pan con Tomate (an extra order, as one comes with the embutidos)
Mussels with Cava and Chorizo
Casa Mono Sundae
Crema Catalan with Bunuelos
Manchego w/ Membrillo
We really like a number of their seafood dishes that we didn't try this time as my in-laws aren't big seafood eaters. Lots of wine, excellent service. I think we were there for three hours!
sobresada. that makes more sense (it also makes sense that I was drinking some wine!) sorry to hear that you didn't like the ham. I loved it but the flavor was certainly mild compared to the others.
can't wait to try that pork belly dish based on your experience. thanks for posting.
i was there on thursday night and i had the rib eye for 2 with the ramps and fried red peppers. it was absolutely unbelievable, probably the best thing i've had at casa mono in a long time and one of the best dishes i've had in manhattan. thick slices of rib eye cooked perfectly medium rare, sauteed ramps and amazing fried mini red peppers. they're a little heavy-handed on the salt there, but this was perfection on a plate.
Thanks for this - heading there for lunch tomorrow and will report back. Did they still have the mojama w/ duck egg? I actually bought mojama and duck eggs today, in the hope of recreating the dish at home! Also picked up some ramps at the farmer's market. The fava/pea/ramp/pea shoot dish sounds absolutely wonderful.