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Welcome to the Monkey House! The seating may be cramped, the volume deafening, and the dishes tiny, but the food totally rocks at this new age tapas bar, including octopi the size of a pencil eraser matched with white beans nearly as small, and a sunny-side up duck egg flopped over truffled potatoes and decorated with mojama;curls of air-cured tuna loin like ham from outer space. Vegetables cooked "a la plancha on a griddle, like those you might find in a Greek diner;are also worth considering, especially the brussels sprouts and the balsamic-glazed parsnips. Bring an expert to negotiate the Spanish wine list.
The 4th Annual Copa Jerez sherry pairing competition will take place in Jerez, Spain in January. The U.S. finals, which will determine who represents the U.S. next year, will be held at Astor Center o... More »
Casa Mono ("Monkey House") is one sweet moneymaking machine. It launched in a cramped corner space on Irving Place that had brought slow death to a succession of previous establishments, three in the last five years. The two-person tables are... More »
Lovely small café with excellent tapas, right off Union Square. The razor clams were delicious, possibly the highlight, but everything was so good. The patatas bravas, though of course de rigeur for any tapas place, stood out in their excellence.
We know what the hero of Ulysses likes: "Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod's roes." Is there any doubt that Joyce himself enjoyed the same preferences? Accordingly, we're feeding him at Casa Mono, where a pile of coxcombs arrives braised to gummy brownness. Other engaging weirdnesses at this postmodern tapas joint include duck egg with mojama... More »
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