Monday, March 15, 2010

Bar Jamón/Casa Mono

Frnt 1, 125 East 17th Street (Irving Place)
Union Square/Gramercy
Open Weekdays 5pm-2am; Weekends 12pm-2am
Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to 14th St.-Union Sq.

These tapas bars are right next to each other on Irving Place; Bar Jamón is a touch smaller and has no sit-down tables. Both (despite being owned by Mario Batali) are low-key and delicious and while they get crowded at peak hours, are a wonderful place to stop for a snack if you've been walking in Gramercy. I've never had anything bad, but pan con tomate, chiles rellenos (or the Spanish equivalent!), patates braves and any other vegetable have been wonderful. They have a lovely wine selection too, which comes in little carafes.

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