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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.

60 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 11-4pm.
Monday- Wednesday Dinner 4pm - 12.
Thursday - Saturday Dinner 4pm-1am.
Sunday Dinner 4pm- 12.

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & 4th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 598-0300

Website:
http://theblackantnyc.com/

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

Catering:
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

Public Transit:
Take the F train to Second Ave.

Executive Chef:
Chef Mario Hernandez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

The Black Ant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
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Authentic (7)
Casual (7)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Spicy (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Healthy (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

Try to find better mexican! Always a great highlight to an evening with friends and family in the east village. Been here many times and it's always out of the park! Just make sure to always make a resy because it gets busy often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food but sooooo loud! Extreme echo and it was only for lunch! We had to leave as we couldn’t take the noise. PS we aren’t even old!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Inventive menu in a nice dining space. It was almost too inventive- would suggest a few more mainstream options to please everyone.

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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always luv the food and they make great cocktails.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great customer service!

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Spicy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (México)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Comida Mexicana tradicional y buenos tequilitas y buena música

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Menu very interesting and tasted fine but was not outstanding. Cool, local vibe.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

food is average, went for birthday and they forgot cake and the song

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and service. The Banana old fashioned was fantastic. Guac is a must. The lechón was perfectly crispy on the outside and beautifully soft on the inside. I love how they give you corn tortillas to go with it so you can make your own tacos.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious dinner with creative cocktails and interesting menu options!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Paleo Friendly
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were visiting from London and wanted good Mexican food- this place was really lovely and the food was delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love this place! We have a great experience everytime we visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is very weird and very small portions. Not worth the money for sure.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Birthday with out of town guests - it was great!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Came here for the bottomless brunch
The food was good, there are waiters walking around with pitchers to make sure your glass is full all of time. The music was on point. It's worth a try

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food and drinks were really good but the customer service was outstanding.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Definitely going back when we head to NYTW again. Food and margaritas were delish. Just wish the guacamole was a slightly larger portion.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fish tacos and cocktails were great but there were grasshoppers in nearly every other dish, just couldn't eat it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Start to finish not a single sour note to the whole evening. Food was phenomenal, with service to match. Very impressed.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Saturday brunch was very loud & busy. The food is OK, the drinks were better. The seating is very tight.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Really quirky, fun menu with fresh ingredients and quick service. Definitely recommend the black ant guac and fish tacos. Our meal was super short but I guess that's the nature of the place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I think everyone should go to Blank Ant. This is my second time. Brunch is full price but definitely enjoyable. We sat outside both times.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The grasshopper croquettes and the black ant guacamole were both underwhelming and those were the selling points for this restaurant. Everything else was good but average mexican.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

I really wouldn't recommend this restaurant. There's plenty of great Mexican food around. They didn't do anything bad. But they didn't do anything noteworthy either especially at their price points. Average at best.

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great creative menu. Good for dates or for a get together with friends.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Overall, the food was very, very good but the guacamole was out of this world! Our party of five all agreed it was the best guac we've ever tasted.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This place was hit and miss for us. Guac was fantastic, fish tacos solid, grasshopper tacos interesting, but the duck dumplings were a miss. We didn't notice any duck and the portion seemed small for the price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The guacamole was only was only okay, not terrible but not amazing. We would not rush back. They got one order wrong but we were so hungry that we didn't care. The enchiladas were good, however the pork dish was just not that great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The chapulines (roasted grasshoppers) were surprisingly good. The grilled octopus was also quite good. But the pressed roasted suckling pig was rather disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

very good food, very good service, very good drinks, very interesting food and very expensive for mexican

Tags: Special Occasion
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