Outdoor Tapas Dining on Irving Place

It was Monday night in Manhattan and we’re still in lock down and my friend said, “Hey Sora, let’s try a different kind of restaurant and food.”  “Well of course,” I said. 🙂   Dining out has become my way of meeting up with my  friends now and I really value this shared restaurant experience and so of course, I said Yes 🙂 🙂 🙂

So we decided to eat at a restaurant that is in my neighborhood and that I’ve passed for years but just never went inside to check it out.

That restaurant is Casa Mono which is located at 17th Street and Irving Place.

So Casa Mono was awarded three stars from The New York Times in 2015 and a Michelin Star in 2009 (and every year since) and as I previously mentioned in the title of the post Casa Mono is a tapas bar-restaurant inspired by the cooking of Spain’s Costa Brava.

It is Executive Chef Andy Nusser, who grew up in the fishing village of Cadaqués along Spain’s Costa Brava, who has reimagined classic dishes with an affinity for adventurous proteins like sweetbreads, cockscombs, and pig’s feet. Dishes which range from Razor Clams a la Plancha and Bone Marrow with Tomato Jam and Pickled Sandía have actually garnered a large enough cult following.

Now, I must admit that at first glance that I was a little intimidated by the menu since I really couldn’t understand most of it.

But…we had the nicest waiter who went through the whole menu and I finally decided on the Duck Egg with Mojama (  a mediterranean delicacy consisting of filleted salt-cured tuna, typical from Huelva and Cadiz (Spain)  with potato fingerlings underneath the whole thing.

First, the best of bread with great olives and oil for dunking 🙂

and here’s the prize…

It was both very interesting and a good of change of taste pace 🙂 and I totally recommend you stepping by and seeing what on the tapas menu – that you might like.



Casa Mono

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