Behind this intriguing facade in New York’s East Village my friend Jae Song discovered an even more intriguing establishment. He writes:
I was in a real bad mood the other day. My motorbike broke down and I had to get it towed — AGAIN! — and it’s costing me a pretty penny.
I didn’t want to do anything but stay home by myself and watch a movie but I forced myself out to a birthday party — it was at a place called MONO+MONO . . . a Korean-ish restaurant (owned and run by all total hipster Koreans) that also only plays analog music (thus the name.)
It’s ALL VINYL — they have 30,000 vintage records — they take up the entire wall, up to the 20′ high (or more perhaps) ceiling of the place, behind glass. Only the DJ can access them of course.
And the spicy fried chicken . . . it is . . . insanely crazy good. It’s not fried chicken as we know it — it’s that super lightly buttery double-fried Korean style chicken . . . outside layer that is impossibly thin and crunchy and juicy inside — and it’s dry to the touch yet has tons of saucy flavor, tastes like it’s dripping with sauce.
I have to say the music was great all night long. You see people moving in their seats — if they had a dance floor everyone would have been dancing by the end of the night — warm fun upbeat jazz on vinyl, coming out of tube amps, I suspect (they had old tubes as decoration.)
So . . . I was glad I went out — it made me happy.