Casa Mono

Recommended by : Chris Santos (Judge, Chopped), Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine), Amber Stevens (Actress), Ilan Hall (Chef/Owner, The Gorbals), Malin Akerman (Actress), Lorenza Izzo (Actress), Tamron Hall (News Anchor), Yousef Ghalaini (Chef, FIG)

Cuisine:Spanish. Price: $$. Location: .

Casa Mono – This spot from New York’s restaurant kings Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, is a welcome change from their usual Italian/Mediterranean leanings. One of the best spots in the city for Catalan cuisine and specialties from the Iberian Peninsula, it’s Spanish small plates at affordable prices. Even better, it’s served up in a small cozy environment in the heart of the Union Square area. Make a Reservation.

“I love anything Mario Batali cooks.” – Richard Blais (Winner, Top Chef)

“Mario is one of the top five chefs probably in the world.” – Michael Symon (Iron Chef)

“Ten years ago, no one knew what a quartino was. Ever since Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali started that, now all modern Italian restaurants do it.” – Adam Rapoport (Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit)