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Tapas at Casa Mono and Bar Jamon

What with winter still holding its grip strong in the fields, SCF headed back to the city this weekend for a little R&R. Our first stop: Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Mario Batali’s and Andy Nusser’s ode to tapas. There was a dish topped with duck egg. So we ordered it.

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The hunna did not join us til Saturday morning. Boo and I started off on Friday evening with Will Ferrell’s performance as W. in “You’re Welcome America.”

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A big shout-out to Rory and Chris for the tickets. Something came up and they were unable to use them. Much appreciated. Highlights of the show:

* Cheney as a goat-loving devil worshiper
* Monkeys training to use weapons and entertain children
* The Bush men stuck in an abandoned mining shaft and HW yelling at W: “Why the F&*k do you talk with a Texas accent?! None of the rest of us do!?”

Thanks again. After the show, we headed to Casa Mono on Irving Place. I hadn’t been in years. We had to wait for a table, even at 945, so we put our name down and went next door to Bar Jamon.

Bar Jamon really is a ham bar. They serve different cuts of serrano and other hams and bread and cheese to go with it. This, as you can imagine, is a heavenly place for Boo and me.

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It’s teeny tiny. Three small tables and a miniature bar:

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The slicers:

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We ordered txaolina.

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Pretty baguettes:

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We ordered manchego:

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And serrano:

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And pan con tomate, which you can see behind the serrano. It’s toast with a thin spread of tomato juice. Who knew it could be so delicious?

We got the call to come for our table even before the ham was sliced.

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Over to Casa Mono. Also small, but luxurious compared to Bar Jamon:

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We ordered the razor clams (garlicky and delicious):

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Pumpkin and goat cheese croquettes (too sweet):

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And the rich duck egg over fingerlings and smoked tuna with black truffles. My mouth is watering as I write that:

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I want to go back and try more stuff. Love Casa Mono.

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09:58:00 on 02/20/09 by liz - Category: Restaurants

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