The midterms are over and it was time for a little celebration. When my friend suggested we get tapas, I eagerly agreed. Finding out that they were going to be Korean—made me question the choice. Upon arrival, MONO+MONO had me even more confused because the decor feels like a rustic jazz bar fell into the hands of a steampunk fanatic. MONO+MONO quickly won me over with a friendly staff, cozy atmosphere and great food. Where else can you see and hear 30,000 vinyl jazz records?
You can see right into the kitchen from the dining room. The kitchen staff always looked like they were having a great time.
We got the Soju Cocktail Sampler: lychee, strawberry, lime/mint, and blueberry milk. I must admit that the drinks weren’t that great. I would consider ordering lychee again, if I was in a particularly girly mood. The other options fell short on taste. This meal really called for a beer.
The Crispy Pork Bun was juicy and crunchy and provided a good foundation for what was to come.
The MONO+MONO fries are amazing. These thick wedge cut, skin-on, rosemary sprinkled fries come with three sauces: spicy mayo, ketchup and hot bacon mustard. I’m not sure why they bother to serve the ketchup at all. It’s not mentioned in the menu and it tastes like (and very well may be) Heinz. We left it pretty much intact, but the other two sauces were completely gone by the time we were done with the meal.
The wings were also great. Crunchy and a bit spicy with a dry heat. My friend thinks that the wings at Pour George were better because they were more saturated, but I can’t decide between the two.
I will definitely be coming back here. The MONO+MONO Happy Hour Special sounds like a great plan if you have three other friends to bring with you (it’s designed for four people).
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I have a new obsession with macarons. I found the Macaron Cafe during my search for the perfect macaron in NYC. The cafe itself is quite small, more of a shop that has two tables squeezed into it (at least the 7 Ave. location is, I have not been to the one on Madison), which can be either cozy or claustrophobic depending on your mood. The brightly colored decor doesn’t help with the crowded feeling and the tables are usually occupied, so I get my macarons to go. They are divine and you should definitely try some. My favorite flavors so far are rose, cassis and chocolate-passionfruit. The Macaron Cafe also serves sandwiches and salad for lunch, can’t personally speak for these, but it is always very crowded and the sandwiches sell out by 3 pm or so.
Macaron Cafe. Annie Tritt for New York Times May 21, 2008.
I got a box of macarons for my mom today. The silk scarf in the background is a gift from my friend Shan of StreetCred. She was going to use it as lining in one of her handbags (she only wears the scarves she designs), but I loved it so much that she gave it to me instead. Her gift came with a request – to see a photo of me wearing it. I wore the scarf today, but there wasn’t anyone around to snap a photo; hope this counts.