BlackTail

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426 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The American Bar with a Cuban Soul... Embrace the lush life.

BlackTail is open seven days a week from 5pm - 2am with live music every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Whilst we encourage reservations between 5-7pm, we also accept walk-ins.

Email opentable@blacktailnyc.com for any issues regarding your booking.

For tables of more than 8 guests, please email us at reservations@blacktailnyc.com.

Please note that for all reservations, tables will be held for 15 minutes after which the reserved seating will be released. Parties of 5 or more must be in complete attendance before being sat. For any further questions please email hello@blacktailnyc.com.
What 426 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.8
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JG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great experience, food was very good. Would come here again in the summer, we sat at the bar because we felt like the tables were too close together. Bartenders were very engaging and pleasant. We were wondering why the playlist didn't include Cuban music until much later in the evening, would have preferred the whole experience music included.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to come here when lived more local. Been some months but finally made it back and it’s just as amazing as when we were last in. Easy top 3 (if not # 1) in my book. Service. Food. Ambience. All a+

NC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trip to the roaring 20’s with a Cuban flare. Anyone that likes speakeasy vibes and eclectic atmosphere would enjoy this place. The food was small plates and on point! Lovely NYC gem will definitely go back!

MS
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and cocktails.

D
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday evening Jazz at BlackTail is wonderful. The cocktails are well-balanced and worth it. The menu is very unique in that it tells a story. One of my favorite places I try to visit every time I am in NYC.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overrated restaurant

j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The place is really a delight. Food fun and delicious and servers wonderfully attentive. We had a family birthday dinner there for our middle child. We are in our late seventies and our kids are middle age. Well, as can happen some were late and we notified the restaurant in time to retain the reservation. So my wife and I and our daughter meet our other daughter and her husband and we are told we have to wait and drink in the bar till the last two guests arrive. The table we were eventually shown to was right there and completely empty all the time we had to wait. The staff member was unfailingly polite, but could not offer a real reason other than it is the policy. Sometimes I think restaurants forget they are in the “service” industry.
As a younger person, I might have just chalked this up to obnoxious restaurant narcissism, but at 78 years old (in good health) it felt deeply disrespectful, not specifically ageist, but pretty humanly insensitive.
The staff was obviously selected and trained to be very customer friendly, but the stand till you drop policy undercuts any sense of civility. This is, of course, a personal beef. It’s super place and probably magical in the summer.

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only the noise level is a negative here but on a Friday night that is understandable.

Best drinks ever.

We didn't eat this time but have in the past and the food was terrific.

OT
New England
128 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING! The shrimp creole was absolutely out of this world fantastic! Short rib empanadas and burger outstanding too! The drinks are made with unusual blends of ingredients providing for a unique cocktail that is delicious every time! All served by an attentive and enthusiastic staff set in a Cuban bar!
The restaurant is special!

M
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I took my husband here for his birthday celebration. I wrote in OpenTable that it was a birthday celebration, and when we ordered the churros at the end, we were given no celebratory mention. No candle. Nothing. The entire time we were there, our server was fair at best and rude at worst. She was so forceful in her speediness with addressing our table that my husband said he felt rushed at times to order when the menu we were given was practically a novella. We both work in restaurants so we know that the worst type of a meal is one where you can't stop talking about the server and the service. And unfortunately for us, that was the case. If only at the end there had been some sort of birthday mention, maybe I would feel differently about our overall experience. But this being our first time out in six months since I gave birth to our first child, this experience was supposed to be amazing. Especially with the amount of money I spent.

GS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. The new cocktail menu is outstanding

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great and the staff was very nice and attentive. Would definitely recommend as a date night location for drinks or shared plates.

GT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place. The food was amazing as well as their drinks. I would definitely recommend!

OT
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Súper recomendable. Menú simple con muchas opciones para todos los gustos. Un ambiente impresionante.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Drinks taste great but definitely looks simple for its price. Service is good - there was some fuss about having more people showing up than the reservation, but it was resolved at the end. Noise level is acceptable but on the louder side in the main bar; by impression the other side closer to bathroom would be more conducive to discussion!

LW
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked Blacktail based on Dead Rabbit experience and was not disappointed other than the fact it’s closing soon & so won’t be there when we next make it back to NYC.

Despite having walked so far in heels the music has me itching to get up and dance- thankfully its was quiet and so I didn’t dare.

The drinks were as every exceptional- even if I think I did disappoint my husband who was trying to be sophisticated in his drinks orders when for my second drink I ordered a Miami Vice.

Great date night spot. Could be even better for drinks with friends but was so big maybe not busy enough for 10:30 on a Saturday night if you go out early.

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very convenient to the Staten Island Ferry. Cuban was a nice change from the traditional cuisine. Our server was wonderful and attentive . (forgetting her name. Charming Irish actress). I hope to make it back when I am in the Battery area.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to a birthday dinner. Everything was flawless. Highly recommend.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food and drinks were amazing. We were attended to really well. It was too cold in the restaurant though and that made it uncomfortable.

ML
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully warm service, great atmosphere and consistently well made drinks which are both true to their Cuban roots and a refreshing twist on various classics. The food is also excellent - making this hidden gem an all-rounder!

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a group of 6 hang! Amazing cocktails! Great bites and excellent service. Blacktail itself if gorgeous inside and the ambience was exactly what we were looking for - we drank many drinks and celebrated 2 birthdays in which they brought out two delicious birthday surprise desserts with candles for the birthday boys. The Glam Rock cocktail was particularly wonderful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service makes you feel like you’re the only one in the restaurant. Food is great

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I absolutely love this place. Authentic Cuban atmosphere in the heart of NYC. I love all cocktails I tasted so far and food is great. I am a big fan of Tres Laches dessert and it is delicious there (except the last time). Earlier this year I went there with my mom and grandma the night before my Bday. All 3 generations of my family enjoyed it. Live music is loud, but performers are great. One more fact: you can ask for a postcard to fill out and the restaurant will mail it anywhere in the world!!! This is pretty awesome! Once had a bad experience when my fiancée’s assistant screwed up the reservation date and a hostess was unable to find a table for us. She was pretty unfriendly and rude. My fiancée got pretty offended and doesn’t go there anymore. So the only option I have now is to go there with my girlfriends and friends out of town. YOU CAN NEVER BE RUDE TO YOUR CUSTOMERS.

SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We come here once a year to enjoy ourselves and splurge.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Interesting and varied drink menus, attentive staff and delicious food. A hidden gem.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Just perfect.

M
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and atmosphere. Well worth a visit when you’re in NYC.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Number one 2017 bar in U.S. for a reason! Spot on drinks and service!

O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool place for something different.

PB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Pretentious - over extending and under achieving. Second time there, will not be back.

LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails and vibes!

m
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Second time here and I absolutely love it. The cocktails are amazing and so well done. Only comment is the cod croquettes were a little fishy this time but still enjoyed the entire experience.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Noisy table behind us with rude language very audible across the bar.

G
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A globally very disappointing experience. So-so cocktails, simple, yet very bad food (how is it possible to serve bad chicken tenders?) inexperienced, inattentive and unattractive staff, a decor that resembles a steakhouse chain born in the Midwest.

LA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They took so long to serve the food, but over all food was great, and service was excellent. Of course I will be back on Sunday for the live music.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Can not give review on food as the kitchen closed when we got there at 11:30pm

HW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The drinks are mixology art, the vibe is so grown and sexy, and Chorizo burger is slammin!

GS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstaing as per always. Diego was masterful behind the bar. Will be back soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Very attentive service, amazing cocktail program, and delicious food. We are from Chicago, and we wish we had this experience here.

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