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The Black Ant - The Black Ant, New York, NY

The Black Ant

4.4
4.4
524 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Micheline Guide 2018 - 2021. In ancient Mexico, when Quetzalcoatl transformed into The Black Ant and journeyed into the mountain, he found corn and seeds and gave these to man. This generous gesture created the essence of Mexican cuisine. Now The Black Ant offers an invitation to you to forget what you know and come with him, to his Mexico, to his New York City… to his heart.

Jorge Guzman and Chef Mario Hernandez bring you, The Black Ant. A modern Mexican restaurant focusing on the traditional and uniquely sourced ingredients of Mexico in a contemporary, “Cocina de Autor” in Manhattan’s East Village. Chef Hernandez shares his vision of Contemporary Latin Cuisine, harmoniously paired with Jorge’s innovative handcrafted cocktails and together with their partner Cliff Fried; they bring you their passion and love and look forward to having you.

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Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Bar Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 598-0300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of catering options:<br /> Buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc.<br /> For Large Party Reservations, please call at the restaurant 212 598 0300 or email: Reservations@Theblackantnyc.com

  • Private party facilities

    Family Style Dinner.Cocktail Receptions.Private Dinning Room.Indoor Garden

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th St

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Take the F train to Second Ave.

  • Entertainment

    On special occasions, mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

What 524 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Great for Brunch

  • Manhattan

    Great for Brunch

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  1. JR

    JacquelineR

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service and food was good. Only issue I had was the rice and beans portion was a bit small. Otherwise it was a very nice lunch.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Limited menu, cocktails were fantastic food was good. Service was poor. We felt rushed and the staff kind of hovered over our table. Entrees came out immediately after appetizer, no break in between. The restaurant was not even busy while we were there. Came over MULTIPLE times and tried to clear our appetizer plates, they eventually cleared one off when one of us got up to use the restroom.

  3. V

    Valientdiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The server rushed us a lot!!! When we got there they were eager to keep reservations moving which was understandable but it was done with rudeness. Additionally the food is just super spicy not very flavorful and made two diners sick after!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Tortilla chips were so crispy they were hard to chew. Guac and margs were delicious. Music was kind of obnoxious. Service was decent.

  5. KS

    KelseyS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Our group was sat in the back room which made sense because we were a large party but the noise back there was incredible. It was impossible to hear one another across the table and made it very difficult to communicate with our server as well. The food was very good! I had the breakfast burrito and it was great.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Good food just know there are REAL ants in it

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great cocktails!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I had high hopes, but they were out of at least four items on the menu and the heirloom tomatoes were tasteless. Otherwise, fun premise and lively atmosphere.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drinks, and service. This is my 3rd visit enjoying delicious and fun brunch, noting that the menu is always slightly updated. I enjoyed the music they played while sipping on the traditional margarita which is always perfect and potent. Thanked the bartender on my way out. The guacamole, enchiladas suizas, plantains, egg burrito with delicious green sauce, and the crickets were delicious and definitely recommend. The crickets are crispy and crunchy, adding a nutty flavor when sprinkled on the food.

  10. K

    Kaypur

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    We have celebrated special occasions at the Black Ant for years. So glad they have reopened and are thriving. The noise level last night was overwhelming and the music being pumped in so loudly along with some very noisy large parties made it almost unbearable. If this had not been the choice of our birthday celebrant, I would have suggested we leave. I could not hear our wonderful waiter very well, and I doubt if he could hear us. Having to wear masks makes it doubly hard, but we are appreciative that most of the staff is masked -- why not all of them? The food remains exceptional -- although the portions are quite small, and seem to be getting smaller over the years. Still love this place and will continue to come, but so wish the music could be tempered and that large parties put in other areas.

  11. CW

    CraigW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was awesome and the service was great with great recommendations, definitely going t visit them again next time we are in NYC

  12. s

    sundaybrunch

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Had a pulsd voucher, which included 4 drinks (2 per person) which was fine. My friend and I considered opting for bottomless once we had finished the 2 drinks but good thing we didn't because the service was super slow and probably would not have been worth it. Food was okay, small but decent brunch menu. Ended up going somewhere else for drinks.

  13. KP

    KimP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent brunch!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had friends from out of town for brunch! Service is fast and the back garden is really cute. The staff is always super nice and welcoming.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    One of the worst experiences I have ever had at a Mexican restaurant. I’m Mexican, myself, and have never felt so unwelcome by a waitress at a restaurant. I had to ask the manager for a different waitress given her behavior. The manager did his best in mediating the situation and while I appreciated it, I will not be returning. Honestly a shame that we were a party of 6 and had to give 20% tip because that is definitely not what would have happened otherwise. Aside from the service, the food was relatively good.

  16. B

    50thBirthday

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The brunch food was standard and the service was nice but super slow. Not sure if the bottomless tables got more frequent attention but it was a lot of waiting for someone to take our order.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the Black Ant! Food is phenomenal, the chefs obviously take a lot of care in pairing flavor profiles and sourcing fresh ingredients, even for dishes as seemingly simple as chips & guacamole or the maduros. The cocktails are just as good, if not better! And the staff is very kind and attentive as well. Always, always enjoy coming here!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time

  19. S

    Steve

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food was pretty nice there. The service is also good. However, I hope the music could be a little me lower. I can barely talk to my fiend, and everyone else seemed to enlarge their voice to talk which made the restaurant even more noisy.

  20. G

    Gera

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    I attempted to dine at the black ant for a date. It was really embarrasing to take someone to a restaurant to try chapulines and that day they were not available. Although I understand that these things happen sometimes, I would have expected the server or the waitress to inform us that any dishes containing chapulines were not available except for the croquetas. We order the croquetas and they were not even as good as other dishes that I have tried. Drinks were better when McSon used to be the bartender. We ended up having one drink each and the croquetas and we left to another restaurant. A real inconvenience during a date.

  21. EG

    ElizabethG

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fun spot for a date! Small portions but delicious food! Get the guac and fish tacos!

  22. C

    Calvin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food, great drinks, great staff. would definitely recommend it to anyone.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very expensive - 15 dollar guac. Food was good but not that good to justify cost.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great vibes, attentive service, amazing value when it came to brunch!!!

  25. AP

    AliceP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best cocktails!

  26. CK

    ChefKelvin

    New York Area

    164 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Rough first time after being highly recommended Food took over 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive . Guacamole was salty Definitely understaffed all around will try again in a few months

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere. Food was great although plates were a bit small.

  28. SK

    SkyK

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    -Very strange that a brunch spot doesn't have coffee? -Cannot change between drinks at bottomless -They used to have more drinks on their bottomless and now only have 3 options

  29. JF

    JonF

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, utilizing some unique proteins, in a truly tasty way. Excellent cocktails and happy hour too.

  30. NY

    NYCgirl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Went for brunch. Service was slow, I asked the waiter what I should order that was the best dish and would make me talk about them to my friends and he said the steak and eggs. I though an odd choice as there was a Pulpo & lamb dish that sounded more interesting but took his recommendation. My steak was cooked perfectly but lacking any real “flavor” and they didn’t ask how I wanted the eggs so they came out fried with yolks that were almost hard. My Tante got the fish tacos which were great. The first cocktail (smoky jalapeño margarita) was good when I asked for another the second was a normal marg which is not what I wanted and it was too much lime. All in all, it was non memorable and I wouldn’t return. Maybe we just went on a bad day?

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Would be nice to have more vegan options.

  32. L

    Liv14

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibes and drinks! Good for groups and sitting outside

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Date night was a great experience. Nice staff with great food!

  34. ED

    EmilyD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really delicious food with an eclectic menu. There were options for the more adventurous eaters among us (guacamole with black ant salt, grasshopper croquettes, and rabbit enchiladas). The fish and pork tacos were also delicious and perfect for slightly less adventurous diners. We really enjoyed everything, and managed to save room for the delicious churros at the end! Would highly recommend if you're craving Mexican but want something special.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place for large group dinners

  36. JE

    JohnE

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience1

    I have eaten here before, and found the food to be truly unique and delicious. This time the food was adequate. Nothing was bad, or poorly made. The carnitas tacos were outstanding. Everything else was adequate. The restaurant was also very crowded, there did not appear to be an effort to limit the number of customers or to seat them at sufficient distances. There was a table full of drunk individuals directly behind us, with little to no distance. They frequently spoke directly with us, without wearing any masks.

  37. SD

    StevenD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Was so disappointed with the food.

  38. S

    Stilettolexy

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    I have had 2 great experiences here and 1 average. It depends what kind of ambience you are seeking. Sunday brunch is loud and feels like a club atmosphere. Dinner is bit more low key and enjoyable. The patio is cute and cozy. Food is good, some dishes are better than others. I would definitely return.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They were closed....

  40. SC

    SarahC

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I love the black ant so much! But we made a reservation, showed up, and they were closed. Hope they can get back soon!

FAQs

The Black Ant is rated 4.4 stars by 524 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Black Ant

60 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th St

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Bar Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Take the F train to Second Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    On special occasions, mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (212) 598-0300

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of catering options:<br /> Buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc.<br /> For Large Party Reservations, please call at the restaurant 212 598 0300 or email: Reservations@Theblackantnyc.com

  • Private party facilities

    Family Style Dinner.Cocktail Receptions.Private Dinning Room.Indoor Garden

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