Permanently Closed - The Black Derby

4.6
309 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
This restaurant is permanently closed. -A New York City Bistro-

French and American Bistro Fare with Classic Cocktails and an Elegant Wine List

Support Permanently Closed - The Black Derby during COVID-19

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vipLittleMissFoodie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another ambient, delicious date at the Black Derby. Next time, I’ll have to try the Arctic Char!

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vipJakovlev
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Little restaurant in a quiet neighborhood. it's frequented by locals and the menu is great, old fashioned was delicious as were the appetizers.

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CMKMS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation and our table was ready on time. All the food from our appetizers, entrees and dessert was excellent. There were 8 in our party of everyone enjoyed it! Would absolutely come back if in the area again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great experience.

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Tosca
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a very easy place to settle into after a long or frenetic day. Food is very, very good; staff is attentive and low key. If you want to hear your table mates, go on the early side -- it was a speak easy in a basement in the 1920s.... low ceilings and get noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is small but everything was perfect!! They had a pre fix menu because it was Valentines day but every course was excellent!

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vipMichelleP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious but overpriced

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vipfollowyourjoy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

very poor service. came here for a Sunday brunch . the person who seated us gave us attitude.

the waitress did not show up for nearly 20 mins to take our order and only came because we called her while she was at the table nearby.

food was good and tasty. service was unacceptable

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StevenR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUSLY DELICIOUS. Brunch - Chicken & Waffles and Corned Beef Hash Croque Madame. 2 thumbs up for 2 awesome dishes.

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vipDarianB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch place for friends or family. Wonderful service and the food was amazing. Also, a super cute place in general!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Black Derby and have dined there on multiple occasions. The food is delicious, the drinks are excellent, the ambiance is fantastic, the service is always attentive, and the music is soft enough to have a normal conversation over dinner (which is rare downtown). My favorite dishes include the burrata and the tuna appetizers, the chicken and the steak frites for the mains, and I LOVE the chocolate bread pudding dessert. Great place to take anyone - dates, parents, business associates, friends...this restaurant is always top notch.

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vipTraveller
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely, intimate restaurant with a room in the back for groups. I will definitely return.

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ShyamN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance .
Would definitely recommend

DD
vipDeeDee
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have been coming here for years. The menu had changed and not in a good way. :(

After this last time when I sent back my food back (I rarely do that) the server just kept insisting I was wrong about the what I have eaten there in the past and what I usually order.

Sorry - I don’t think I will be back again. I ended up ordering the chicken after returning the lamb (chicken was the safest option). My friends burger was good .. it was just the service and my meal that was a bit disappointing. I was not done with the appetizer and she insisted on taking it away .. I was a bit in comfortable ... when a customer it still eating it’s not polite to insist on the next course.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect place to gather with friends on a snowy winter night. Very easy to get to by way of multiple subway lines. Friendly, knowledgeable bartender serving cocktails and wine while we waited for all our friends to arrive. Dinner menu had something for everyone from vegan to meat lover. No rush to turn over the table. All on a beautiful West Village street.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place, never disappoints

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BarbaraWM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a charming little gem! Lovely atmosphere, excellent service and delicious cocktails and food without any pretense. Really enjoyed our meal and then they put a candle on the dessert plate because we mentioned it was a birthday dinner. It's a small gesture but goes far. Portions were quite large -- we probably could have shared two entrees between three -- but we ate it all anyway. I would definitely go back.

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vipMariano
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Super experience. Dinner was great. The special was lovely, a fantastic surf and turf. The service AND the other guests were a blast. Everything was truly special. The servers in particular are a delight. Well done!

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vipHaileyG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVED this place. Literally the best pasta I ever ate. Great great great food ! Super cute and quaint

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for New Year’s Eve!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

It was a great dinner for NYE. The staff were cheerful, the patrons were all very happy. The food was delicious. My kids wolfed down the steak frites in under 30minutes. We stuffed ourselves to the gills, ending with dessert. One member of my party said if the world ended tonight, they would die fat and happy

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lively crowd, cool “underground” feeling inside.
Nice cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Loved our server.

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vipTimS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Cozy and special place that has wonderful food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was exceptional, and overall a great dinner. We will definitely be going back!

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vipShushka
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing meal. This place is a bit small, but it makes up for it is service and quality of food. My husband had the steak. I had the tuna tartare and another appetizer. It was memorable.

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vipMdaley3
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I come here frequently when I am in town. None of us were drinking this evening and were drinking seltzer water from the bar. No bottle - just the gun behind the bar. We got charged every single time for a refill. Seems like a really crappy thing to do. We have over $20 in water charges.

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ajs1417
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything we ordered for food was delicious (we only had a variety of starters and sides but judging on that, really good). Drinks were decent if a bit sweet and light in the booze - I had the Paloma Mami and Spicy Margarita and they tasted ok. At busiest times of dinner service the drink orders were slow but overall highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great find in the Village and a very popular restaurant as well.

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vipKiks
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

the only problem with this experience was that it is a very small dining room and there was a very loud, very drunk man that was disruptive to our dinner. that's not the restaurant's fault, just something to be aware of should you dine in the dining room and not at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time in black derby luckily we got the winter new menu.
from the wine list to the alcachofa to the black
Bull everything was amazing plus outstanding service from our waiter thank you and i will definitely be back.

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vipoliverkay
Switzerland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very lovely place, as in very small, but overall it was great to visit.

The staff was very friendly, specially our waitress.

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vipStephenC
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time here, but not my last. Cosy, friendly, noisy, very good food. Ordered escargot appetizer & a lobster & shrimp main dish, both very tasty.

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vipAlexanderR
London
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, my food was very good, my girlfriends was overall good, but the texture of the gnocchi was a bit soft, potentially sprightly overcooked, my steak was cooked to perfection and my calamari was delicious!

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vipLeeBW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little neighborhood gem! We’ll be back.

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Mcrteach
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The pomme frittes and roasted garlic soul was amazing. Salmon was well cooked and very good, the sauce was a bit too creamy for my taste. The burata appetizer was very good, as well as the lamb sliders. Would recommend it. Staff was accommodating and helpful. Nice romantic atmosphere, although you are very close to other patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Slowest server ever

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed dining here. Had been wanting to come for a while - I live in the west village and walk by often. The owner came over and introduced himself and couldn’t be nicer. Whole staff was great. Food was great. Vibe was great - very “cozy NYC winter spot”

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Normally we love the Black Derby, we felt like they had an off night. My steak was chewy, the salmon was well prepared but the accompaniments were bland. We will be back but hope it returns to previous levels!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate a promotion with a friend. we were recommended the lamb sliders and tuna tostada and they were both excellent. For our second course we shared the roasted chicken and the fresh parpadelle. Both were amazing! Definitely a gem in the neighborhood. Didn’t do dessert this time but plan on trying the server recommended sticky toffee next time.

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Permanently Closed - The Black Derby is rated 4.6 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.