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Is it possible to eat at the bar? I really want to make it there on an upcoming trip, but I'll be flying solo.

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  1. Yes, you can definitely eat at the bar (Bar Jamon) and it's actually probably easier to get a seat if you're flying solo. You may have a half hour to hour wait as a walk in if you go during peak hours, though there's seldom a wait if you go early (i.e. around 5 p.m. when it opens).

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    1. re: cimui

      Does Casa Mono itself have a bar? or is Bar Jamon the bar?

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      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Bar Jamon
      125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: Jake Barnes

        It's not really a bar, but there are about 10-15 counter seats at Casa Mono. You won't feel uncomfortable there, solo.

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        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: Jake Barnes

          Casa Mono (Mono not Mano) has both counter seating and table seating. The counter seating is mostly around the open kitchen. Next door to Casa Mono is Bar Jamon, which serves a different menu. Bar Jamon also is the waiting area for many who are waiting for a seat at Casa Mono. (Casa Mono takes some reservations but also reserves seats, including the counter seats, for walk-ins).

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Bar Jamon
          125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: kathryn

            Would I be correct in assuming that they don't take reservations for the counter seating?

            1. re: Jake Barnes

              Correct. Also, you need to order food when sitting at the counter/bar - they won't allow you to just stop in for a glass of wine.

          2. re: Jake Barnes

            As per my last visits, in addition to the counter seating, there is something that looks like bar seating at Casa Mono. Behind this bar is where the wines, at least the ones that are being poured by the glass, is located and served from. When we sat there, we received sample tastes of the wines from the person that's tending the bar.

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

        2. Yes, it is very possible to eat at the bar in Casa Mono Especially, if you like your wines, it enhances the overall experience as you can converse with the bartender about the different wines that's available. I actually did an improvised wine-tasting-pairing when I last sat at the bar.

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: RCC

            From reivew I've read on other sites, it seems that Bar Jamon can get pretty crowded. Does anyone know how crowded it usually is on Sunday evenings?

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            Bar Jamon
            125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: Jake Barnes

              just so you know, Bar Jamon (which is on 16th street) and Casa Mono (which is on irving place) have totally different menus, and except for the Sandwich de Bar Jamon and the Churros con Chocolate, nothing is cooked at Bar Jamon, they are all cold tapas. there are also no seats at the actual bar at Bar Jamon, just around a kind of "m" shaped table across from the bar.

              you cannot make a reservation for the counter seats at Casa Mono (there is no bar per se at Casa Mono), but on a Sunday night, the wait will not be too bad.

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              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              Bar Jamon
              125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: Jake Barnes

                  If you have flexibility in your schedule, BTW, Casa Mono is far less crowded during weekend lunch.

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                  Casa Mono
                  52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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