52 Irving Place – Irving Place
* Michelin Star Restaurant
Mario Batali remains King of Rich and Delicious food – in this case, Spanish! We ate razor clams, Pork Belly, Foie Gras, Lamb Ribs and Cod Cheeks. The pork belly and the foie were incredible, the rest are more refined tastes. If you’ve never tried Cod Cheeks, this is the place to step out and do it. The wine list here is phenomenal. One caution: the space is SUPER TIGHT. We could barely move.
Crispy Pork Belly with Apples and Guindillas
Preto Tinto 07 (ick – too heavy) – $16.00/glass
Paradigma 07 – $19.00/glass
Musti Mesti 07 – $15.00/glass
We finally made a second visit to Casa Mono on St. Patrick’s Day 2012 of all days. Turns out not too many people are focused on fine dining that day in New York :). Of course neither were we initially, but we were walking by and for the first time EVER, it was empty in there. We couldn’t pass it up! It was a bit dark for photos, but we were newbies for the first section of this review and it is lacking food pics!