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About The Black Ant
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.
New York, NY 10003
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 11-4pm.
Monday- Wednesday Dinner 4pm - 12.
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 4pm-1am.
Sunday Dinner 4pm- 12.
Between 3rd & 4th St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On special occasions, mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere.
Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
We offer a full range of catering options:
Buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc.
For Large Party Reservations, please call at the restaurant 212 598 0300
Take the F train to Second Ave.
Chef Mario Hernandez
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
The Black Ant Ratings and Reviews
I come here often. Always dependable. Authentic, delicious quality Mexican dishes. And hand-crafted cocktails featuring the best tequilas and mezcals. Bartenders and Servers are delightful and really good at what they do. It's a "go to" for a reliably good evening.
The food was out of this world. I went for a birthday dinner with a group of 6 and tried several people's plates. Everything I tried was delicious. I didn't know I liked octopus until I tried it here. Very quiet, cool atmosphere. Great for conversation. Can't wait to return!
This place was amazing.. we went for dinner on a Saturday night and it was not too packed, the service was amazing. Our waiter was friendly and insightful and the food and drinks he recommended was absolutely delicious! Don’t knock the insect theme until you try it! It’s a must try!
I had purchased a deal on pulsd for $35 which included 4 drinks and 2 entrees. I had read several reviews about receiving poor service when the servers knew that a voucher was being used. When we arrived, the servers were courteous and attentive. After finishing our meal, and ordering our last drink, I informed the server we had the voucher but wanted to continue to order drinks on a different tab. It was like night and day, the servers began to ignore us and avoided making eye contact with us. When we were finally able to get someone's attention, they came over and began emphazing that they were doing me a courtesy by honoring my voucher since I didn't tell them at the time we got there.
My boyfriend and I were very discouraged. We wanted to continue to drink there because despite their service, the food and drinks were great. After redeeming our voucher and paying for tax and tip, we walked to a bar around the block to get our drinks there.
My advice to this business is that if having someone try out your restaurant at a discounted rate is such a burden, get off of pulsd. Really wish this would've been a different experience because I could see myself wanting to go back with friends. However, I will be taking my business elsewhere.
Great Mexican food for brunch or dinner, but at the last visit we could not stay and enjoy a meal as the noise level was overwhelming - music too loud and subsequently the conversation was too loud - had to leave, and not enjoy the delicious meal we had planned.
Went here an early wednesday evening. A few guests, but the restaurant was basically empty, so it was very nice and quiet. We ordered a few (too many) courses, together with their signature margarita, can recommend the one with mango.
The ceviche was amazing, and so was their guacamole with chips. The croquettes are also worth trying. I was not a fan of the veal tacos, the other ones were good, but nothing special. I would definitely come back for their ceviche, but not for their tacos.
My wife and I had a great date night at The Black Ant. The food was delicious - especially the esquites with crab meat. The bartender made a great selection of mescals from their extensive list for my flight. We had a great waitress - friendly and helpful with recommendations. The whole staff was wonderful. We're looking forward to going back.
We went to the Black Ant on a Saturday. The venue is nice. We wanted to do a bottomless brunch. The ambience was kind of a disappointment but maybe we were too early (around 1 pm). The Bottomless Brunch costs 25 USD and includes limitless margaritas, mimosas, bloody mary for 90 minutes. To eat, you can order a "Plato Fuerte" but there are not too many choices. However, everything is really tasty. The service is also great! I would definitely come back, not necessarily for a bottomless brunch but to eat a plato fuerte.
Food was actually delicious (ordered the beet salad and the fish tacos) but very small for the price. Service was very slow and no one seemed to care, even when asked if it was possible to check on our drinks after waiting 20 minutes and it was a dead Sunday night.
The Black Ant has great decor and ambience. We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate two birthdays and we were happy they allowed reservations and that they have a bottomless drink deal ($20 for 1.5 hours). The service was friendly although we had to flag our waitress down a couple of times towards the end to get drinks. The food is yummy and creative. We had the huevos rancheros, fish tacos, the guacamole, and a couple of meat dishes I forget b/c I don't usually eat meat. Oh and their drinks are fantastic - they had excellent smoky and cucumber margaritas (two separate drinks) and a bloody maria - and you can switch around what you're having which is nice.
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