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Bodega Negra
Bodega Negra
  • Address:
    355 West 16th street
    New York, NY 10011
    Neighborhood:
    Meatpacking District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Mexican
    Price: $50 and over

Bodega Negra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bodeganegranyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 229-2336
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 5:30pm - 12:00am (Sunday - Wednesday)
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 1:00am (Thursday - Saturday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Michael Armstrong
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Bodega Negra is available for private dining or full buyouts. Please call us for more information: 646-625-4821

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the A/C/E or the L train to West 14th Street/8th Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as well as a nearby parking garage located on 8th Avenue between 15th & 16th Streets.
A word from Bodega Negra
A partnership between TAO Group, Serge Becker (Miss Lily’s, La Esquina) and his UK partners, Will Ricker and Ed Spencer Churchill, Bodega Negra has crossed the pond, bringing its menu of modern Mexican fare to New York City’s Dream Downtown.

The menu consists of original items created by Chef Michael Armstrong, as well as a small selection of signature dishes available at the UK location. Chef Armstrong’s menu draws inspiration from the diverse regions of Mexico, and is designed for sharing, ranging from small plates such as ceviches, tacos, and salads, to large-format offerings.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have lived in New York for 3 months now and this was by far my worst dining experience. We arrived 7 minutes after our 8:15pm booking and we were informed by the Maitre D that they were just waiting for a couple of tables to finish up and please take a seat in the bar. An hour later we were still waiting for our table. No one came to apologise or give us updates, we were simply left there and had to do the chasing. Each time we asked, they were very curt and just seemed to act like this was the norm. Finally at 9:20pm we were seated. The food was fine but nothing exceptional. The restaurant is also very dark (we had to use our mobile light to help the waiter read the menu!)."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great evening. Fantastic food. We had to wait a long time for our table but they did give us a free round of drinks and desserts to compensate so overall we were very happy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great decor, food is OK, fun environment, music is good but too loud to hold a conversation."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Showed up on time for my reservation but clients were running half an hour behind. Was told by the host ( tall, dark male) to let him know when everyone arrives and we will be seated. In the meantime, my client and I ordered appetizers and drinks at the bar. The rest of clients showed up and the same host told me it would be 45 minutes before he can seat us. 2 1/2 hours later, he did not seat us for dinner nor did he seem to care. I asked him more than three times about an approximate wait and he stuck to "45 minutes". I did advise the management of this and they were very professional and apologetic. I felt embarrassed and let down; I will not be back and would caution anyone going here for professional dinner to be aware."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a 9:15pm reservation and we weren't seated until 10:15pm. This is partly understandable, given it was a saturday night. Would have expected the hostess and waitstaff to be friendly, but they were the opposite. When we got up from the bar for the last time because we were starving and ready to leave, they finally seated us. That said, the food was spectacular and the drinks were out of this world. The bartender was friendly and helpful. Atmosphere is vibrant and fun."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place and yummy foods..the steak tacos and chicken tostadas were very yummy!! The Don Huevo desert is amazing and make sure you get ur phone ready to videotape it when it comes out!! Well worth every penny!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very dark room, which in some circles might seem atmospheric, but when it's actually hard to see anything, it gave me pause. Service was very warm and friendly, food good and they have a nice range of mixed drinks and beers. Gets very noisy by 8pm"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Trendy. Energetic. You will feel a bit rushed. The food was amazing. I'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Lot's of tequila to choose from. Great food and service and a great scene after 10pm. We loved it."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Drinks were amazing and the food was in line with the drinks...amazing! The grilled corn is a must and the best guacamole we have ever had. We also had the Peking Duck Tacos and the Pork Belly, also recommend highly."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "food and service was outstanding.I would highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Came here with another couple and really enjoyed the food and ambience. We decided to order tapas style which turned out to be plenty of food for 4. My fav - the skirt steak empanadas!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went for early dinner at 6 PM and the place was quite. We liked that. Food was really good, especially guacamole and cevice and our server was super sweet and attentive. He made our evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance and decor of this Mexican chic gem. Service was attentive and steady. Menu can get pricey as the plates are small and not "family style" as the gentleman advised. More on the tapas side of dishes- in that sense yes, made to pick and share. If you are hungry def suggest getting an entree rather than 5 small plates to taste. Tostaditas were delish and the Pork Belly tacos were Superb! Desert special was amazing- great for the bday celebration we had! Will def rtn!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We loved the dark woods, funky lightbulbs and rotating copper sculpture. I got the GulfSide cocktail, great absinthe and mezcal concoction; they didn't stint on the booze. Guacamole was smooth and fresh. I got the lamb barbacoa, with rich complex brown sauce and veggies in a hot pot. Hubbie's duck and steak tortillas good but small, he liked duck better. Only problem was overly fast service (apps and mains delivered within 5 minutes). Also our waitress was friendly but disappeared after the entrees to talk lengthily with another couple who appeared to be connected. Bathrooms are accessible through a circuitious dark maze. Coconut flan dessert was sinfully good. We plan to return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went with a group of friends to celebrate a friend's birthday. Have to say, the food was outstanding! Can't recall all the dishes we ordered, but every single one was full of flavor and very tasty. Service, however, left a lot to be desired. When the restaurant is nearly empty (it was still early) it shouldn't take 10 min to bring 2 drinks. Especially when one of them is just scotch and not even a cocktail. The drinks must've been sitting on the bar and waiting for our waiter, as half the ice in scotch melted before it even made it to our table. Throughout dinner, waiter showed zero interest in how the table was doing and had a poor attitude. Maybe we just got him on a bad day. Overall, still a great place that I would go back to."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was very dark, I would only say go to this place if your on a date even then the food is just "fair" I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Awesome taste to the food, had lots of flavor. Very creative when designing the Don Huevo dessert, which btw is delicious. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Sophisticated atmosphere, intriguing decor, loud music and fine dining food! The Mexican street corn was a standout! Overall excellent experience!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I booked the place and they did not tell me that my table was available only for 1h and 3/4 After 1h 3/4 they asked us to leave without dessert. I complaint to the manager and after arguing and insisting he said that at the beginning of the evening he warned us that we had the table for limited time. I answered that he should have warned me at the moment of the booking NOT once I was there with my guests. After insisting and arguing he let us have dessert. There was huge mess in the room, too many guests anyhow waiting, they over book the place and can not manage it properly: the waiter was kind and in trouble and the food is average... NO way I will return"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Worst dining experience I have ever had! We had clients here from out of town and wanted to take them somewhere great. We have been here a bunch of times and we were in love. We even let the host and manager know that we were with important people. We waited almost an hour for a table, we had no server come to our table for at least 20 minutes and half of the food that was ordered didn't even make it to the table. The food we were served was cold, had no taste and when we specifically asked for nothing to be spicy because a guest was allergic, it was made extra spicy. We will never go again. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is so dark, you really can't see your hand in front of your face. The dishes look more appetizing than they are."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food is good. Ambience is great. Great spot for birthday dinners, large group events and/or just grabbing a drink at the bar. Great scene, but expect the typical meatpacking vibe/crowd. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Food was way too spicey for us. Guacamole nearly inedible as well as the salads and two of our entrees. The drinks and atmosphere were great though. Food came out a little too quickly. Didn't even have our drinks yet in hand. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We ate here with some friends and had a good meal at a good price. Our friends had some trouble reading the menu and seeing the food due to the dimmed light :-/ but it was a cool place and great food. Could recommend the bar and the PHD for topping the night out. Would come back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Delicious Mexican food, awesome presentation and ambiance!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were so lucky to find this restaurant. It was recommended to us by the Standard Hotel because last minute I decided I wasnt in the mood for the steakhouse we had booked. The food wad fantastic, our waiter Michael was so cute and so attentive. There was a mgr. On the floor at all times who even bought my birthday dessert My.boyfriend and I are both in the restaurant business and we were impressed across the board. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We went for an early Cinco De Mayo dinner. It was our first time to the restaurant. We were greeted by a very nice and attentive front desk. They didn't mind that our friends hadn't arrived yet and allowed us to get a drink in the bar til they arrived. The bartender was very friendly and made us a great margarita. Once seated, our service was great. Food was creative and delicious. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Wewere late for our reservaation but called in advance to let them know. They said they would give our table away if we were more than 15 min late and we would have to wait for the next table.. We waited 1 hour to sit. Sat down at 12am. We then waited 20 more minutes for menus and the waitress kept coming over and saying said would be right back as she proceeded running around to other tables. Then when we asked her about an item on the menu her response was "what happen" as if I was placing an order in Mcdonalds. All they did was comp our drinks. The food was nothing to write home about. Not going back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We were celebrating my sister's birthday and although it took awhile to seat us despite our reservation, the drinks at the bar helped (get the chipotle cacao marg!). The staff was so outgoing and energetic, the food was good but the dessert was insane!!! Ask for the white chocolate dessert w melting caramel and you won't regret it. The vibe was the best part -- very tastefully decorated, dim lighting, big barrels on the left side of the restaurant, and lots of mexican/rustic/cowhide finishings on the right side of the restaurant near the bar. I loved the scene. Trendy place to go with friends to kick off a wild night!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The service was very kind. The food really good. The only critic I have is that we have our reservation at 10, and the table was ready at 10.30 "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Very good Mexican food - not the absolute best in NYC, but towards the top. Being at the Dream Hotel Downtown, definitely a scene. DJ music a bit loud. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Take your date, girlfriend, wife or friends (m/f) to the Bodega and experience the vibrant atmosphere in this contemporary restaurant, enjoy their delicious Mexican-based food and their well-composed cocktails (bar and restaurant). Staff was friendly and competent, even though it was a busy night when we visited. Do not choose Bodega Negra if you are looking for a quiet night out, otherwise: go there - arriba!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Nice resturant, arrived on time but had to wait c. 1hr for a table. Got two free drinks though for not complaining. Food was great and service attentive. We ordered way too much but everything was delicious. Not quite as cool a location as in London"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "What could be a great NY dining experience fails simply because of an inexperienced wait staff and food that is trying too hard. It's relatively new, so maybe still working out the kinks, but overall not a pleasant dining experience. Plus both front desk hosts had attitude and were unfriendly."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I've had better food it was just ok! the best part was watching the Don Huevo Dessert Presentation . That was magical .. The Cocomel dessert which is a coconut flan was delicious"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Some menu gems -- oxtail empanadas, crab tacos -- but some overly salty dishes and inconsistent service make this only so-so for me."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Super trendy and fun atmosphere. Food and service were fantastic."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our main waiter was knowledgable and attentive and the food was all delicious. We dined earlier than we normally would on a Saturday, at 6 pm, and it meant that the restaurant was not overcrowded, and we were well looked after. The plantains were the only dish that could have been better, but the yellowtail cerviche, the lamb and the oxtail were all stunning. Highly recommended! We even took my partners mum, and she loved it too."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I was really excited to come to Bodegra Negra. I even made 5:30pm reservations (which is super early for me). When I called to push back my reservation for an hour because 5:30pm would be too early for me to get into the city, the hostess said "honestly you will probably have to wait when you get here" When we got there and there was only ONE table taken up. I didn't appreciate feeling like I was swindled. I understand you want to make the restaurant seem super busy, but come on. I only wanted to come in at 6:30, not 9pm. They could have accommodated us. Even when we left at 8pm- the restaurant was only half full. Then, wait staff got our food order wrong TWICE. Ill go to Dos Caminos next time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014