The Black Ant
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.
Monday- Wednesday Dinner 4pm - 12.
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 4pm-1am.
Sunday Dinner 4pm- 12.
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
Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
What Insiders Are Saying
An excellent Mexican restaurant in the East Village that might serve you some of the most inventive plates you’ve seen in awhile.
They did not mention that full bodied ants would be the centerpiece of every item of the menu
Great spot. The guac was fresh and a bit different that other spots. Tacos and drinks were also solid. It was a bit pricey, but a good change of pace.
Great tequila and mezcal cocktails. Delicious food. Friendly and fast service. Loved the al pastor tacos. At first I thought I'd miss the meat, as these tacos don't have the pork that pastor tacos typically have, but they were fantastic. The grilled pineapple preparation was delicious. I would definitely go back.
They have an enclosed back garden area that is really different vibes from the interior. Both very cool, but change the ambiance of the meal. Food is delicious - watch out for the actual black ant salt and other dishes with insects if that’s not your thing! Love the margaritas as well
Food was so-so. The duck dumpling was dry and the flavor of the duck was overwhelmed by the mole sauce. Waitress was efficient; hostess was more interested in talking to her friends than hosting.
Went for happy hour and enjoyed the fish tacos, ceviche tostada, guacamole, and quesadillas. Food looked beautiful and tasted great. Sat in the covered back patio, which was bright and pleasant. Would return.
Great spot! Met friends for happy hour and then ate dinner, everything was good.
BEST HAPPY HOUR. From 5-7 basically everything is half price and the same delicious food!
$7 Guacamole, Tacos (2 in 1 order - GET THE FISH), chicken quesadilla (INCREDIBLE), Ceviche, and more.
Go Go Go! Very accommodating with reservations and food comes out really quick. For the REALLY hot summer days they have a covered back patio with AC.
Some of the best (and most expensive!) guacamole I’ve ever had in NYC. Food was delicious but our drinks didn’t come until after the entrees. Overall, delicious but a bit pricey and slow.
Great food, Great cocktails, definitely coming here again! Already been here 3 times and have brought multiple people and they were just as impressed.
It seemed that we were forgotten by a lot especially for not being very busy inside.
We were in for the weekend and staying around the corner. Enjoyed everything we ordered - from the guacamole and quesadillas, to the black cod and octopus. Margaritas were also really delicious.
This place was super cute and a great find! We sat outside in their indoor/outdoor space which has lovely lighting and a great decor. The food wasn't super filling but it was unique and tasty and the drinks were good as well. Overall I would definitely come back here.
Really really good happy hour menu and amazingly tasty tacos.
Food was great but too noisy
Interesting take on Mexican food. Very nice service and good food.
My friends and I had a great time at happy hour and dinner here. Great ambiance, terrific margaritas (definitely get their smoky jalepeno version with black ant salt), unique and tasty food, and personal service. The host and bartender were both super attentive and even gave us free drinks! I will definitely be back, hopefully for their boozy brunch.
I came to this place about 2 years ago and the food was amazing I came back last week and the value of the food was ok
The unlimited brunch was great - they never let our drinks go empty. However the service was poor and the food was minimal given the price points. All we have to say about this place is eh.
Went for brunch. The food was great and the $25 bottomless brunch drinks were completely worth every penny.
Had a young vibe and by 2pm the whole place was completely full
Will recommend to friends and go back myself
Innovative tacos, strong margaritas. Great stylish ambiance and solid service. Go for the happy hour specials ($7 margs and snacks) and stay for the grasshopper crusted shrimp tacos and the rabbit enchiladas.
Easter brunch with the family And the food was amazing and the people who work there too I will definitely will return
Birthday , server was great and had a fun time!
I heard that The Black Ant had great margaritas and my recommendation was correct! My friend and I loved the smoky jalapeno margarita. It was delicious. We both ordered the fish tacos and thought they were great. I'd love to come next time and experiment with more of the other options on the menu.
We had a double date brunch at The Black Ant. We had a really great time! The bottomless drinks were great, they just kept filling our glasses. My meal wasn't the best; however, I cannot eat dairy, so my dish was modified and I'm sure it would be much different if the cheese and sour cream were apart of it. That being said, everyone else really liked their food. I would like to go back at night to try the tapas, the menu seems very different. Would definitely recommend for a fun boozy brunch!
The food and drinks were great! Loved trying something new and different!
The food was good- very authentic mexican. However, we did feel a bit rushed.
We where visiting NYC and where looking for a good Mexican restaurant. We found it :-)
Birthday was great!
The bass is really good.
We went to The Black Ant on Saturday evening for dinner. The ambiance was simple yet creative. Ant painting, photographs, and in the tiles. The hostess was very welcoming when we walked in but was confused on where she was seating us and it was an awkward few minutes of following her around until she found a table. The table was out in their patio area. She set 5 of us at a 4 person table. It was uncomfortable and when asked to move, she said that is all she had. Our waitress took around 5-8 minutes to greet us and bring us water and the menus. She was very unfriendly; did not say welcome or even crack a smile. She came off as very cold and it wasn't a very welcoming feeling. After being given the food and drink menus, she didn't come back for another 10 minutes (mind you, it was not that busy at all. It was 7:30pm and maybe half the restaurant was full, at best). When she came back, we ordered our drinks, appetizers, and food. 20 minutes later, all three came at the same time. It was such an odd experience. Luckily, the food was delicious and full of amazing flavor. The service was terrible and very slow. The food I got at The Black Ant, while delicious, is food I can get at another restaurant in NYC and probably have better service. I will not be returning but if you do not care about slow and unfriendly service, I would go there for the food and margaritas.
Enjoyed the place - server was rude
I like being generous with restaurants in that it’s okay if they make a mistake or two, but unfortunately there were many this evening. I’ll start with positives, the place looks cool and has a decent vibe and apparently a gorgeous back area. Negatives: the hostess was sweet, but terrible. My friend and I had reservations and weren’t seated for another 30 minutes and just awkwardly handled, brought back once and the table wasn’t clean and when it was the busser didn’t believe us to be the party to be seated. Plus there’s no great waiting area and people entering kept hitting my friend and I through the black curtain at the entrance. Menu! I used to be in hospitality and am now a graphic designer; the little ants crawling on the menu do make sense with the concept, but still off-putting when you’re hungry and looking directly at them next to menu descriptions. The food itself was mostly good at decent price points, but the ceviche was hilariously bad; I think it’s the third dish I’ve ever returned to a kitchen and I dine out several times a week. The waiter was pleasant, seemed very busy, but fine. Our food arrived before our two seltzer waters, but otherwise okay. More than anything it just seems like a new restaurant conceived by interior designers rather than hospitality types... which is a bad fit, especially in NYC.
Very nice waiter
The service was really bad when we went. It took ten minutes for someone to take our order. Our food came out well before the drinks (which took more than 20 minutes - one of the drinks was a beer). The wrong dish came out and the check took a while to come. The food was good but I wouldn't necessarily come back given the service.
Not celiac/gluten free friendly - had to order and entree three times for them to get it right
I went here with my friend for brunch on a Sunday, and it was amazing! I don't know if they're new or just the East Village's best kept secret, but I am so excited I found this spot and can't wait to go back. The Smoky Jalapeno Margarita is a must-try!
Great margaritas and excellent food. Get the bottomless for brunch, roasted grasshopper guac and duck rancheros.
$16 for a taco. A single taco. And not even a very good one. Sorry but even for NYC prices, that's a bit ridiculous.
Delicious food, cool atmosphere