We went to Casa Mono for a "late lunch" today...I figured I'd write a post because since it's Mario Batali's spot it gets so many searches. First of all it's tiny and relatively crowded even at 3pm on a random Saturday. We didn't have reservations and sat at the counter. Way cool! We got to see all of the action, and dishes before we decided to order...and ones that we plan to either order or pass on next time. This isn't your typical spanish tapas bar. Tia Pol is definitely a little more authentic (I've been to Barcelona and Madrid so I can tell the real deal). But, the offal is plentiful as well as the seafood, the plate size is more raciones than real "tapas" but you are paying average plate $15 and my husband wouldn't be full from the meal if he were with me today. Some dishes we were wowed by. The Razor clams were well prepared with a very well balanced garlic sauce. The pulpo was like a party in my mouth, the texture and flavor combinations were genius. Loved the duck hearts with winter squash, extremely flavorful and tender. Marrow was not worth the money, delicious but not plentiful. The cocks combs were uninspiring. Taste was good enough, and the texture was kicked up by the addition of paprika almonds but the whole dish just tasted like the mushroom accompaniment. I would pass, unless you are just looking to say that you tried cocks combs. The lamb shank though we didn't have it, as well as the cockle clams with fideos and mancheco salad looked wonderful...the sweetbreads looked over breaded and not well prepared, the fried consistency looked to overpower the taste of the actual sweetbread (but we didn't have these)...the pork belly was flash fried, looking like a hard consistency, almost like chicharones(once again we didn't have it) and that didnt' appeal to me, considering that pork belly should be melt in your mouth...but I might try it next time just to confirm...All in all quite a good meal, but not worth a month in advance reservation.