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About Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails

American Restaurant serving seasonal small plates & artfully crafted cocktails. We partner w/local farms & suppliers because it matters & it tastes better.

3026 Merrick Rd
Wantagh, NY 11793
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm Monday: Closed

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 654-9200

Website:
http://blackbirdli.com/

Parking Details:
Valet and Street Parking.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Tapas (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
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Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (6)
Romantic (5)
Fun (5)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent. Great food and good service. Cool vibe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food! Great cocktails! Great music! Great service!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The good was very good,they serve small plates and have a nice variety.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food excellent...everything amazing
Loved the angogletti
Second time there and service is disappointing but will return for the food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Hidden spot, attention to detail is what I noticed here. Food is fresh, the waiter is a gentleman and has a lot of information about the dishes if you want to know more about your meal. It is a tapas restaurant, and you will wish the portions were bigger. I just savored every bite that much more. The plates while small, leave you feeling satisfied and full without the regret of stuffing your face happily. The plates are on the smaller side, and everything tastes great, things can add up rather quickly.

The Agnolotti is out of this world, please order this, I beg of you kind sirs and madams. So many flavors coming out of it bite after bite. If there is any filet mignons available jump on it, our waiter correctly recommended having it medium rare and he was spot on.

If you want a nice quiet meal, or true one on one time with a date, reserve a table between 5pm-6:30pm, as it became busy around 7pm.

Good:
-AGNOLOTTI (so good I ordered another plate) it's basically pasta stuffed with squash it's starts of salty, then flavorful and lightly spiced, then sweet...
-Special Filet Mignon (medium rare) with mashed potatoes and a red sauce that you didn't need but gladly welcomed.
-As it is a Tapas restaurant the waiter offered to have the single filet mignon prepared on two plates
-Shrimp! (6 jumbo sized, in a delicious sauce)
-Mussels (great starter to share with another diner), you'll want more bread to dip for the sauce
-Winter in Moscow cocktail (delicious, smooth and not too sweet)
-Polite waiter, and pleasant bartender
-Decor was modern but comfortable and not stiff
-There was nice reggae music playing in the background, which I loved
-1000 point reservations if you book through OpenTable

Bad:
-Beware of parking on busy Merrick Rd., use side streets if you can
-I ordered cocktails during happy hour with the meal but paid full price
(the bill looked off, but I didn't realize why until later)

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Absolutely loved it. I like how the bartender made a special section on Old Fashioned cocktails. I never had one before but it's my new favorite drink thanks to this place. Food was fantastic. Wife and I had 2 drinks each and 5 tapas and the bill pre-tip was only $100. Pretty good for a great meal. will be back many times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

While the food and the restaurant were pleasant enough, as were the people running it, the
menu did not have enough choices to make me happy and I thought for small plates the
prices were a little high. We tried it, but will not be returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Not one miss in our meal! We had the kale salad, tacos, pasta, poutine, grilled bread and burger. Everything was so well seasoned and delicious. The bartender John is amazing and paired our cocktails to our courses. The guy is a genius behind the bar! Exceptional night out!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

What a great find. Tapas style small plates. Relatively small selection but one tasted better than the other. Don’t miss this gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and incredible drinks!! We probably ordered 2 of everything on the menu and everything was perfect!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Casual restaurant... eat before you get there... portions are verrry small and pricy... everything was tasty... wine only by the glass and beer only on tap... again very pricy

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food excellent
Waitress was poor
Manager was friendly
Drinks are pricey
Great for tapas and drinks

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time here, it was delicious. We were four people who like to eat and thought the tapas way to go would not be enough for all of us. Turned out to be perfect, we did order quite a few of the dishes to taste them all. We even had room for dessert which I would absolutely suggest the flourless chocolate cake. So good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The Small Plates were delicious. This time around out of the five of us, 4 of us had the burger. The bun destroyed the quality of the burger. Tasteless, hard roll - I had to peel most of the bread away. The other 3 people felt the same way. It was a disappointment because I had the burger for the first time back in April and it was mouth watering delicious, so I recommended it to my brothers and husband. Also, missed the Gruyere Fries......these simple touches add a flare.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

flourless chocolate cake was amazing , loved every bite of it.
wings and tacos were amazing too.
putin and octopus was okay, putin needed more cheese and gravy was not thick , it looked liked watered down.
but overall it was very good experience, will repeat 😊

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Awesome atmosphere. John the bartender was excellent. He knew his stuff. We had the lump of crab, corn pasta thing, wings, the carnitas tacos and the blueberry corn creek brûlée. Everything was absolutely delicious. We will definitely come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

First time we visited Blackbird, but certainly not the last. Interesting and tasty food, handcrafted cocktails, friendly service enhanced our dining experience. Limited range of entrees, but love the idea of small plates. Wish they were open for luinch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

WOW. that's what I thought the minute we walked in. The outside does not prepare you for how beautiful the inside is. We were quite early; however, the staff was lovely while we waited for them to finish set up.

WOW again. We were offered a wonderful appetizer while we waited. It was called Agnolotti and it was so very delicious. Homemade corn stuffed pasta with chorizo. Big yum!

WOW WOW WOW for main I had the lobster roll. Hubby had the burger. Both came with fries. This was absolutely the best lobster roll I've ever had EVER! Simple, warm roll,big big chunks of lobster, bit of celery and tarragon. Fries were not oily and nice and crispy. Hubby had a juicy burger and fries. Very very nice. He was happy too.

So full and content after this delicious meal. We are going back!

Mains are limited BUT they make it perfect so it's worth it.

I think the idea is also for beer because I saw 24 handles for serving different beers (I guess). We are not drinkers so that part was lost on us. But if the food is an example you beer lovers will be happy.

We will definitely go back before summers end. I NEED that lobster roll once more.

Thank you Chef Chris for a wonderful time.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I took a friend for his birthday. When I made the reservation, I mentioned that he liked chocolate cake. The owner literally went to the supermarket & they made a chocolate cake specially for him. Amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Service was a little slow, food was nothing special. Very limited bar, so if you have a special cocktail in mind they probably won't have. It's tappas so didn't expect any large entrees...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great place

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Delicious, delicious, delicious!!! Cant say it enough!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Small menu. Not enough variety. Only burgers and one chicken dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Took my mom for her birthday!! We loved it!! Good was great and the atmosphere was lovely!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

New place and seemed unprepared for Mother's Day. Staff was very nice , drinks were good and they did their best to try to Accommodate. Need a better menu than just omelettes and pancakes for Brunch.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was very good, but the service was slow. The menu was limited, but the food was very tasty and the ingredients were all local and fresh.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Tapas
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day and was pleasantly surprised. The it was not a mob scene, the drinks were strong, food was delish, the service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

A great local find. food is delicious and reasonably priced. excellent bar tender and good beer list. The perfect place for a few small bites and nice drinks with a date or few friends.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

One of my favorite local spots. The food is EXCELLENT... menu is always updated with fresh & seasonal ingredients. Their custom cocktails are great as well. And the owners are the two nicest people - so it is wonderful to support a local business that exceeds quality expectations! LOVE THIS PLACE!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great find! Small, intimate pub with delicious tapas and interesting craft draughts. They also have a craft cocktail menu in addition to the usual cocktail offerings. We liked that we never felt rushed. We ordered several Tapas and they came out well spaced time wise. Service was good and our server was friendly and on the ball.
We will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I love this place, but I don't want anyone to know because it's small. The drinks are amazing, the bartender is so creative, and the food is yummy!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great spot to eat for any tastes. Small atmosphere, valet parking, great service and food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food is exceptional - the service a bit disconnected in paying attention to the customer's needs. Our bus boy was very good, was right there to fill up the water glass each time it was low, which was appreciated. The Mussels were tasty, what I found and what was disappointing is that there were alot of empty shells which means no muscle in them to enjoy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

My wife and I arrived at 5 30pm, there was approximately 5 tables with anywhere fron 2-4 people at each table. Keep in mind this is a small plate restaurant. It was now 6 50 we had been served 2 small plates in that time. We watched as the kitchen would put out one plate at a time in 10-15 minute intervals. Which meant as the other tables received their one dish the others sat and starred. Absolutely ridiculous. Food was marginal at best. I'll never go again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Best burger I ever had! The restaurant is clean, friendly, accommodating to allergy needs and the food was super fresh. There was four of us so we got six of the small plate appetizers to share. Each one was amazing. I did also get the burger and it was so good! When the bill came we were shocked at how cheap it was. You leave satisfied but not over stuffed. We will be going back for sure!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Great food great drinks. We had a very pleasant experience

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This restaurant is clearly full of "regulars" who are happy to get together to eat and drink and don't necessarily care about what the food is like. It definitely is a great social place for friends to meet, but the food is eclectic. The idea here is to be different rather than serve food that the average person might want. It was very difficult to find something we wanted (the one dish, roast cauliflower, that I saw on the on-line menu was not offered). I settled on tempura shrimp, and they came out with their heads on. Just what I want to look at on my plate! And I can't say they tasted exceptionally well. The service was average and not very friendly. This is the place to go for friends who just need a place to eat and drink and feel good about spending too much, but otherwise - stay away.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Well crafted cocktails and each dish was unique with the right amount of herbs and seasonings. It's a real treasure

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Overall food was good, however the restaurant still needs to get their act together. No silverware on the table. Drinks took a long time and they ran out of many things for a 7:30 dinner reservation AND no desserts left at all. Some of the food was a little too ecletic (shrimp w/heads on and uncooked rice with the rice balls over them - I almost cracked a tooth). Overall though it was a nice place and I would go back.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Absolutely love this place. Never disappointed.

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