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BlackTail - Permanently Closed

4.8
4.8
436 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The American Bar with a Cuban Soul... Embrace the lush life.

BlackTail is open seven days a week from 5 pm - 2 am with live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday
Whilst we encourage reservations between, 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    5pm-2am Daily
    Food served from 5pm to 1:30am Nightly

  • Phone number

    (212) 785-0153 ext. 104

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Battery Park

  • Public transit

    Pier A is easily accessible by public transport, a short walk from the Bowling-Green MTA subway station for the 4 and 5 trains; an even shorter walk south from the Rector Street MTA for the 1 and R trains; and minutes away from the Staten Island Ferry Station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Food

  • Spiced Chicharrones$6.00

    Cheddar BBQ Seasoning

    • Spiced Nuts$6.00

      Cuban Spice Rub

      • Mixed Marinated Olives$6.00

        Sherry Vinegar, Citrus Zest, Fennel

        • Chilled Corn Soup$12.00

          Cuban Crab Salad

          • East Coast Oysters$18.00

            Pineapple Mignonette

            • Crispy Cuban Fries$12.00

              Plantain & Yucca Chips, Parsley, Tarragon, Lime, Salsa Fresca, Garlic Aioli

              • Blistered Shishito Peppers$9.00

                Yuzu Salt, Aleppo

                • Chicken Liver Toast$12.00

                  Cuban Rum, Pickled Onions, Country Bread

                  • Jamón Ibérico$24.00

                    Cornichons

                    • Chorizo$10.00

                      Soy-Sesame Dressing

                      • Chicken Lollipops$16.00

                        Pickled Celery, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Ancho Chile Glaze

                        • Salt Cod Croquettes$14.00

                          Smoked Paprika Aioli, Cuban Mojo Vinegar

                          • Sloppy Joe Empanadas$16.00

                            Braised Short Rib Ragout, Pickles, Jalapeños, Manchego Cheese, Smoked Paprika Aioli

                            • Baby Lettuce Salad$12.00

                              Hearts of Palm, Avocado, Mango Vinaigrette

                              • Roasted Cauliflower$12.00

                                Red Onions, Capers, Parsley

                                • Moors & Christians$12.00

                                  Sweet Plantains, Chimichurri

                                  • Arctic Char$16.00

                                    Seared Rare, Baby Beets, Lemon Custard

                                    • Pork Belly$17.00

                                      Pineapple Salsa, Pickled Jalapeño

                                      • Cuban Sandwich$19.00

                                        Braised Pork, Ham, Pickles, Swiss Cheese, Mustard

                                        • Blacktail Burger$24.00

                                          Prime Beef & Chorizo Blend, Brioche Bun, Salsa Verde, Manchego Cheese, Yucca Fries

                                          Desserts

                                          • Tres Leches Cake$9.00

                                            Anise Whipped Cream, Cinnamon, Luxardo Cherry, Meringue Brulee

                                            • Warm Churros$9.00

                                              (Please allow 15 minutes) Caramel & Ancho Mole Chocolate Sauces

                                              • Key Lime Pie$9.00

                                                Fresh Cream

                                                • Cuban Ice Cream Sundae$12.00

                                                  Chocolate Pearls, Toasted Coconut, Pineapple-Caramel Sauce

                                                  • Spanish Cheeses$18.00

                                                    Garroxta (Goat) Valdeon (Cow) Aged Manchego (Sheep) Dulce de Leche, Berries

                                                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                    What 436 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    4.8
                                                    4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                    • 4.5Food
                                                    • 4.6Service
                                                    • 4.8Ambience
                                                    • 4.3Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. JC

                                                      JackC

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 12, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This has been the most pleasant places to come with the gf and friends and family since I found out about it 3 years ago. Have been coming religiously since and is such a bummer that it’s being shut down. Always love dead rabbit but confident you will Open something similar to Blacktail here soon!

                                                    2. A

                                                      Alex

                                                      New York Area

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      12 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 10, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Thank you! Every drink, every detail was always perfection!

                                                    3. BS

                                                      BrianS

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 10, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      This place was amazing. We will miss it

                                                    4. SB

                                                      ShaneB

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 7, 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Live Cuban music, fantastic mixed drinks, and attentive, knowledgeable staff make for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended.

                                                    5. BH

                                                      BillH

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 6, 2020

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                      This is an academic exercise since I learned that Blacktail is closing on Saturday, Jan. 11. I went to hear (and see) the band that's been playing there on Sunday nights for over 3 years. Although the personnel varies slightly week to week, the musicians are all my friends. While you can hear the band (if possible over the crowd noise) anywhere in the room, you can only see them from a couple of tables. Mine was not one of them. I've never been fond of the menu, but the music has kept me returning (and I live 160 miles away). The plates are small and the selection not too varied. For the type of cuisine presented, I guess it's good; it's not just my type.

                                                    6. GN

                                                      GregN

                                                      Las Vegas

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 20, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Not for a quiet dinner or deep conversation (loud) - but was a great place and I’ll definitely go again.

                                                    7. GR

                                                      GRMC

                                                      Philadelphia

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 17, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Incredible atmosphere and wonderful drinks - what could go wrong?

                                                    8. g

                                                      gwfoodie

                                                      New York Area

                                                      30 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      30 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                      overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                      Great looking room. Perfect for a date. More of a bar than a restaurant, with tasty small plates. However the hostess had an attitude when we ask for a different table, and we had to ask the manager who accommodated us, but it was unconformable for a bit.

                                                    9. s

                                                      sdhhh

                                                      Denver

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                      We had an extra person added to our reservation - so we got moved into a hallway or entrance area and ate our dinner from a coffee table sitting on couches and chairs. Not idea. for dinner and there were people constantly walking by. Wish they'd been more clear about what moving us to that area really entailed. Probably would have just cancelled the reservation on gone somewhere else.

                                                    10. JG

                                                      JohnG

                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great service!

                                                    11. D

                                                      Doobie16

                                                      New York Area

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      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.

                                                    12. JC

                                                      JackC

                                                      New York Area

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on December 3, 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+

                                                    13. NC

                                                      NicoleC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on December 2, 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!

                                                    14. MS

                                                      MonikaS

                                                      Savannah

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 20, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great atmosphere, food and cocktails.

                                                    15. D

                                                      Dede

                                                      Birmingham

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 11, 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.

                                                    16. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Las Vegas

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 10, 2019

                                                      overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                      Overrated restaurant

                                                    17. j

                                                      jamesc

                                                      Richmond

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      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.

                                                    18. h

                                                      hungryhippos

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 9, 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.

                                                    19. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New England

                                                      137 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      137 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 9, 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!

                                                    20. M

                                                      Merissa

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 7, 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.

                                                    21. GS

                                                      GiuseppeS

                                                      New York Area

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on November 6, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Great as always. The new cocktail menu is outstanding

                                                    22. MH

                                                      MargaretH

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on November 3, 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.

                                                    23. GT

                                                      GenesisT

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      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!

                                                    24. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Exclusive

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 26, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    25. JC

                                                      JoyceC

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 26, 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!

                                                    26. LW

                                                      LauraW

                                                      Toronto

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 20, 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.

                                                    27. TM

                                                      TerenceM

                                                      Philadelphia

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      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.

                                                    28. B

                                                      Blufox528

                                                      New York Area

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      11 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 11, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    29. SS

                                                      ShivaniS

                                                      New York Area

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      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.

                                                    30. ML

                                                      MLEats

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      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!

                                                    31. s

                                                      shonuff

                                                      New York Area

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 5, 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.

                                                    32. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 4, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    33. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Los Angeles

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on October 2, 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.

                                                    34. SG

                                                      SusanaG

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 30, 2019

                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                    35. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 26, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                                    36. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 26, 2019

                                                      overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                      Just perfect.

                                                    37. M

                                                      Michalj72

                                                      Gold Coast

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 24, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    38. C

                                                      Christian

                                                      New York Area

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 20, 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    39. O

                                                      Opal4

                                                      New York Area

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 12, 2019

                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                      Cool place for something different.

                                                    40. PB

                                                      PhilB

                                                      New York Area

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on September 11, 2019

                                                      overall2food3service3ambience2

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

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                                                    BlackTail - Permanently Closed is rated 4.8 stars by 436 OpenTable diners

                                                    Permanently Closed

                                                    This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Battery Park

                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                      5pm-2am Daily
                                                      Food served from 5pm to 1:30am Nightly

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      American, Cuban

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Smart Casual

                                                    • Public transit

                                                      Pier A is easily accessible by public transport, a short walk from the Bowling-Green MTA subway station for the 4 and 5 trains; an even shorter walk south from the Rector Street MTA for the 1 and R trains; and minutes away from the Staten Island Ferry Station.

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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