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Mono Mono

Nestled in the vibrant East Village of New York City, Mono Mono stands as a remarkable testament to the fusion of Korean street food, gourmet cocktails, vintage vinyl, and a unique musical experience.

This beloved restaurant and bar at 116 E. Fourth St. is an unforgettable destination where Asian fusion cuisine meets flower-garnished soju cocktails, a diverse array of music plays every day, and an impressive display of fermented produce delights the senses. With its distinctive design, extensive vinyl record collection, delectable dishes, and house-fermented treasures, Mono Mono offers an experience that is as much about music and atmosphere as it is about food.

Mono Mono’s interior is a sensory delight, blending dark and sexy aesthetics with meticulous attention to detail. The space seamlessly marries art deco musical antiques with modernist quasi-industrial elements, creating an ambiance that feels both nostalgic and contemporary. The real showstopper, however, is the display of 15,000 vinyl records encased along the walls. The eclectic collection spans genres and eras, primarily featuring music from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. This unique backdrop sets the stage for a dining experience that is unlike any other.

One of the highlights of Mono Mono’s atmosphere is the live DJ, who is on hand to curate an unforgettable musical journey. With more than 30,000 selections to choose from, diners can request their favorite tracks and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of sound. This dynamic fusion of music, design, and culinary artistry elevates Mono Mono into a realm of its own.

While the atmosphere is undoubtedly a major draw, the food and drinks at Mono Mono are equally impressive. The menu is a harmonious blend of Korean street food with a gourmet twist. Some of the must-try dishes include the MONO WING with a seasonal veggie platter served with a delightful ssamjang ranch dip, the mouthwatering Braised Beef Short Ribs with soy sauce braised beef accompanied by rice cake, potato, carrot, radish, jujube, and mushrooms, and the tantalizing Bulgogi Kimchi Fried Rice featuring bulgogi, mozzarella cheese, and Kimchi. For those with a taste for the exotic, the Truffle Japchae with assorted mushrooms, glass noodles, truffle paste, and truffle oil is a sensory revelation.
No meal at Mono Mono would be complete without indulging in their decadent desserts. The Tiramisu and Coconut Cake are standout options, and they pair perfectly with Mono Mono’s house-made frozen dessert cocktails. Speaking of drinks, the cocktail menu is a delightful surprise, offering creative concoctions like the Coco Cane Molito, featuring fresh-squeezed sugarcane and coconut, blueberry soju, and rice wine sangria. It’s a refreshing and flavorful complement to the bold and savory dishes on the menu.

In addition to the impressive vinyl collection, Mono Mono also showcases a captivating display of their house-fermented produce. From kimchi to pickled vegetables and other fermented delicacies, these treasures add depth and authenticity to the Korean-inspired menu. These fermented delights not only elevate the flavors of the dishes but also provide a glimpse into the rich culinary traditions that Mono Mono celebrates.

Mono Mono is not just a restaurant; it’s a sensory journey that combines delectable cuisine, inventive cocktails, an unparalleled musical experience, and an impressive display of house-fermented produce. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a vinyl aficionado, or a music lover, Mono Mono in the heart of East Village offers something truly special.
Words by Elle Taylor.

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