i never write reviews but this time i feel is my only 'remedy' against such bad service...i had eaten in Casa Mono like a year ago and wanted to come back and I had enjoyed the food.
While I'm Mexican I know a lot about Spanish food. My father is Spanish and my mother is half Spanish. My dad's family emigrated to Mexico so I grew up eating Spanish food cooked by my grandmother and and her sisters, as well as my dad and my mom (both love cooking). I spends many holidays in Spain since I was 4 AND I'm married to a Spaniard. I was happy to find a restaurant in New York that had razor clams and other tapas that were good (even though my husband thought they were to "fancy").
last night I went out with some friends and my experience was truly disappointing. the hostess was terrible. she was rude when I arrived. she did not allowed me to sit on the table because the rest of the party hadn't arrived. I had to go to the bar next door and by the time I had asked for a glass of wine, my friends arrived and I didn't even have time to have a try it. while I was not happy with her, I understood that these were the "rules of the restaurant".
HOWEVER, after having paid a quite expensive bill for a not so good food, this woman came to our table and said we had to leave because they needed the table. it is the first time that this happens to me in a restaurant (and I lived 10 years on London and I've moved to NYC 4 years ago). this cities are famous for allowing you to have a table for one hour only when you make a reservation but they didn't say anything this time. This women decided it was time for us to leave after we had paid 200 dollars per head. i think this is totally unacceptable.
in addition I find it a presumptuous tapas bar. the waiters don't know much about wines or the food they are serving but they talk about it as if it was haute cuisine! and the whole experience is quite fake. you cannot compare it to a night out in madrid, barcelona or san sebastian (where the tapas are truly great but and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed!)
such a shame...