Bodega Negra

4.5
742 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican
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 Brad Warner, as well as a small selection of signature dishes available at the UK location. Brad Warner’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.

Daily Happy Hour: 5:30 - 7:30pm
$4 - $8 food & drinks specials
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CD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner reservations but wanted to sit at the bar for drinks before dinner. We ended up staying at the bar and ordering food there because the bartender, Olivia, was really fantastic! She gave us some amazing food recommendations and her drinks were absolutely en pointe. I planned on having one, maybe two cocktails. I ended up trying four. I was absolutely impressed with how much she knows about mixology. The El Diablo was a favorite cocktail with just the right amount of ginger simple to give it a really balanced sweet/spicy flavor. Her margaritas were absolutely sublime. I've had some stellar margaritas at Black Ant, Cosme, Añejo... Olivia's drink blew those amazing places out of the water! A true hidden gem!

We tried the Queso Fundido and the Quesadilla Rustica. She suggested adding chicken (for a small fee, of course) but we went with how it's presented on the menu. We were NOT disappointed!! And it made sense to add chicken because that would have elevated the apps a bit. Next time!

Next we tried the pork belly tacos. Absolutely fantastic! The pork rind on top of the pork belly tacos is a great touch. One suggestion: While I get it that the little pork rind is a visual aesthetic to finish the dish, it did add a nice crunch to a wet taco. Perhaps rather than one whole pork rind, sprinkle roughly crushed pork rind over the entire taco and maybe sprinkle a bit of minced cilantro for some color. The crumbled pork rind would add that little bit of crunch to the whole taco rather than one bite. Otherwise, just great! (Also don't hide the lime wedges under the taco log thing)

We look forward to our next visit, and very much hope to enjoy more of Olivia's cocktails. Even if the food was bad, which it absolutely was not, we would come back just for her drinks and her fantastic personality! A++++

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GreAt food, atmosphere, and lovely staff! I will be back!

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a
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Host service lacks refinement, wish we would have been treated with good service since the start.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were splendid! Host were very friendly and professional, server was very nice and on point. Their guacamole was amazing as well as their fish tacos and skirt steak fajitas!!! We highly recommend it ❤️❤️❤️👍🏻👍🏻

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food (though we’ve had better) but the price is double what you’d pay elsewhere. Portions are small, and the taste can be found just as good or better elsewhere. $18 guacamole, enough only for two, not a dish for 4. Yikes. With the rest of the menu also thinking like this, it just doesn’t compare to other Tao group offerings.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. Food was great, and the vibes were great. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner and was celebrating my boyfriends birthday.Everything was amazing from the guacamole to the fajitas to drinks and dessert! I preordered the dessert for his birthday and my server did an amazing job with the surprise! Wish I remembered his name but definitely recommend and will be back !!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friend in town, waiters and hostesses were extremely pleasant. Amazing experience, will be back again!

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KM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! All around one of the best dinners and experiences I’ve had in a NYC restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner for four was a mixed bag; soft shell crab tacos were great, shrimp ceviche was far too sweet and lacked zing. For a Mexican place, the overall approach to spice was disappointingly timid and not very interesting.

The venue is a very noisy party spot; if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re good.

Service was very good, overall — friendly, efficient, on point.

At this price point, you can do better, but if you’re rolling out of bed upstairs and want an instant party, decent food, and you’re on an expense account, go ‘head.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We sat for 30 minutes until we received service and this was AFTER we asked if we had a server. Once server came he didn’t know who our server was but was willing to serve us. He was very nice and did the job, but for a place like that service should be prompt. Servers should also know their sections and tables. Wouldn’t come back.

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y
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

cool spot nice food great ernergy
we enjoyed the sharing family style mostly we love the fish

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P
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wonderful place! Great service, food, and the restaurant made sure my fiance's birthday was great. Thanks!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing!! I’m so upset I forgot her name but she was super friendly and helped us out with the menu. The food was alright. Loved the ambiance & the music.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was OUTSTANDING!!!! Im taking everyone i know !!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was terrible. The waiter seemed to be inebriated.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place would go back food was great . over the top service

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Unable to have conversations, to close to other tables

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was great! Options for vegetarians too. Vibe was fun. Guacamole and chips and tacos were highlights. Sangria was refreshing. Only downside- margs were way overpriced and full of ice.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My absolute favorite restaurant, always amazing food. The Mexican Corn is absolutely incredible and I recommend this place/the corn to anyone and everyone.

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GR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only thing is they forgot my friends birthday that I wrote in the notes. First time that’s happened on open table at least.

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NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The wait was ridiculous even with reservations
I waited an hour for a table with reservations...waiting at the bar was super uncomfortable limited seating limited space...
Once I complained to manager about waiting sooooo long He sat us immediately and gave my party a free dessert....Thank you to him nice guy
Food is Great i wish they served more than 2 tacos per serving ....Drinks are okay sent back first drink Henne n coke it was super watered down literally tasted like water....send drink she redeemed herself lol

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O
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We made reservations for 915PM and it was 1145pm when we finally got to our table. the hostess keep telling us that the were running late and will find us when the table was ready but they really didn't even know where we were. I noticed a gentlemen that look like the manager and spoke to him directly and he was very apologetic and make sure that we had drinks and that let us have a small table at the bar while we wait for the real table. the funny part is that they ask yo for a credit card to make the reservation and call me 4 times to make sure that i was making the reservation on time. at the end the food was good but i would def not go back or recommend the place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good but too pricy

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely dinner. We we’re celebrating my husbands birthday. We had a great time and the service was outstanding.

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

made reservations for a friend's birthday and everything was perfect ; great food and ambiance! Staff was very nice and attentive especially our server Lawrence.
definitely going back soon!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed a great date night out with my girlfriend. Loved the entire setup as we sat in the corner booth with plenty of space and great music from the DJ. Would recommend and already has to friends.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambiance, service was kind of slow though, I feel like they make judgements upon how much money they think you’ll spend? Which is silly, it’s Mexican food we all can afford it 🙄 don’t make us chase you down for stuff.

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FV
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lets just say I am definetly looking forward to come back and have great food & drinks.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a sexy vibe. Perfect for dinner. Cocktails are good but very expensive! Food was excellent and the service was exceptional

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. My friend and I enjoyed our food. Staff was very nice and attentive. Will definitely go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Average food, I've had better even in food trucks. Too expensive for what you get, no vibes, didn't like the music as well. Desert was disaster (had the churos sandea). Will not go back.

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CS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance . Good for groups, birthdays and business dinner

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Meat Packing!

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WJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The drinks were mediocre. The food was soso. Nothing to really jump for joy about. The music during dinner was nice.

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CX
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Mexican Food. I’ve had better, ive had worse. We sat in a side room so there was no atmosphere at all. Service was good Drinks were good. One thing i really did not like is that on a $500 tab for 6 people they charged me $4.00 for hot sauce and $4.00 for extra tortilla.

No return trip for me !

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YE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you're going for Loco Mondays make sure you are sitting and eating before 10pm, the show itself is only 20 minutes long. We arrived at 11:20 and already missed the entire thing.

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