CASA MONO and its sister restaurant, BAR JAMÓN are located next to each other on Irving Place and 17th Street, just east of Union Square. Awarded two stars from TheNew York Times shortly after its opening and a Michelin Star in 2009, CASA MONO features raciones of Catalan specialties and serves dishes from all corners of the Iberian Peninsula. Executive Chef Andy Nusser, who lived in the fishing village of Cadaqués, along Spain's Costa Brava, has taken classic dishes and added his own affinity for adventurous proteins like sweetbreads, cockscombs, and pig's feet. Daring and exploratory, inventive and robust, Nusser's dishes are a tribute to his adoptive cuisine. Golden, crispy Bacalao Croquetas served with dabs of Orange Alioli are divine, memorable, perfect. Hearty dishes like Skirt Steak with Onion Mermelada, Quail with Cardoons and Pomegranates and Pork Shoulder with Pardina Lentils and Quince are as transcendent and distinct as the regions of España. CASA MONO's inviting room comfortably holds 13 tables and 15 bar seats and features colorful, authentic Spanish tiling. During the warmer months, its side window completely opens up allowing diners to enjoy their meal afuera.
BAR JAMÓN, a bustling, cozy, communal tapas bar with great energy serves Iberico ham, from which it takes its name, sliced paper-thin on antique Berkel slicers. The entire menu is scrawled neatly on a mirror behind the bar, including a special section for the various types of jamón, bocadillos, conservas, an extensive cheese selection and addictive churros y chocolate. BAR JAMÓN captures the essence of a New York neighborhood bar mixed with authentic Spanish style.
CASA MONO and BAR JAMÓN share a wine list of nearly 600 wines, representing a thoughtful and thorough selection of Spain's rapidly expanding world of wine. Our wine list was awarded Wine Enthusiast's Award of Unique Distinction in 2007 and Wine Spectator'sAward of Excellence for 2005 through 2007. It was recently awarded Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for 2008, as well as being rated 9.5 out of 10 in Sibaritas, the Spanish wine magazine.