The Black Ant

4.3
481 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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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AnnaA
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent elevated Mexican brunch food, delicious margaritas, great service.

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NatashaM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a while since I‘ve been out to dinner and had a 10/10 experience— but The Black Ant was exactly that! First off, not one dish that we ordered missed a single thing! Every ingredient was incredible, and portions were great for the price and quality! We had the pulpo, fish tacos, steak and halibut and I would go back and reorder the exact same thing— it was THAT good. The ambiance was perfect and the music choices were the best I have heard in a while! A perfect combination of latin inspired music, with deep house soul - making this night even more memorable! The service was great too and our server was super attentive & made great food suggestions. I love it here and hope to be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb!! The food was amazing!! What made me rate them 5 starts was the cocktails! The margaritas were amazing (I loved the mango) and the black ant Negroni was unique and true!!

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vipIsabelC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this restaurant. Great food, staff really nice and helpful and welcoming.
Can't wait to go back

MR
vipMargaretR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Sat us over 30 min late - small menu selection and very overpriced for quality of food

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vipChloe
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Was sat in the very back where it was absolutely freezing. We asked to move and was told no because there wasn’t an available table for 45 mins. Went to the front a few times and there were multiple seats for two. Never again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Every food item was served cold and multiple items were unavailable

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FoodFan72
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great.
Busy, youth ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The chocolate Mousse was great and my girl and I really enjoyed spending our first valentine here!

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JackieE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but a little expensive for what it was (even in NYC), and the menu definitely caters to adventurous eaters.

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katied
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ordered mezcal margaritas. On the second round, it did not taste right or it tasted like tequila. We asked her to check to make sure they were mezcal or if they could remake them. She was far from helpful and gave us major attitude about it, insisted it was mezcal, then when she finally brought over a fresh batch, said “this is exactly what you had before.” So much for “the customer’s always right.” Will not be going back and will definitely not recommend.

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vipNancyS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Have eaten hear before and love the food. Unfortunately, this time there was a table of very loud and obnoxious people who kept shouting offensive terms. The staff was uncomfortable, other diners were uncomfortable and the manager didn’t have the backbone to do anything about it.

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SarahF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than the last time we visited (which had been awhile). Cocktails were solid, dishes were excellent. Stand outs were the ceviche and fish tacos.

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vipCesarB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took advantage of the antmazing happy hour, which runs every day from 4 - 7 PM. We had the smoky jalapeño margaritas, which we amazing! We also tried the fish tacos, the carnitas tacos, and the quesadillas. Everything was great and during midweek the place is nice and chill. It can get busy on Friday night and over the weekend. We were very satisfied with the service, food was great, and will keep coming back again. Highly recommend!

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vipSushiLover25
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 20 min and noone came to ask for our order or drinks. Left before anyone came and asked for an order

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vipAngelaK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Mexican food in the East Village. Great drinks and happy hour!

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Dmsea
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had a nice meal at the Black Ant. Drinks were excellent food great, ambiance not so much. Very noisy, tables for two very crammed in. All in all a decent dining experience. Would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Very mediocre food - and it was soft...I know that sounds strange but it was just a soft mess. With all of the great Mexican in NY - I would suggest skipping this one...sadly, I’d go to Chipotle before I go back.

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Tati
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite restaurants! no matter how busy they are, the service is always attentive, and the staff is very friendly. food is delicious, and happy hour is the best!

SL
SarahL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, resourceful and delicious - highly recommend the Black Ant for adventurous eaters. Drinks are delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing margaritas

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Lilliput
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I might recommend the restaurant--and I'd consider going back--for the food, which was unusual and by and large very good. My boyfriend and I thought the conejo enchiladas were delicious, and our friends liked the pork tacos and the plantains a lot (and the steak, though they found it overpriced). (My least favorite dish was the corn and crab soup, which I found bland and overpriced.)

One big caveat--we waited an hour plus for our food--with no communication from our waiter. We needed to leave by 10:15 for a show in the neighborhood, and had allowed plenty of time for a leisurely dinner. Desperate for something to eat, we eventually ordered chips (the trio of salsas were good) then sought out the manager, who was apologetic, and offered extra drinks. (The two guys in our party accepted, but I had no desire for extra alcohol on an empty stomach.) We wolfed down our food when it finally arrived, and were shocked to see that our waiter hadn't comped the desperation-order chips. One of us complained about that to the manager ,who agreed that we shouldn't have been charged.

My recommendation: don't go when you want to eat soon or need to be somewhere afterwards. Inquire about whether the kitchen is slow that night. Consider waiting to order drinks till after your food order has been placed.

Also, check their health rating--it was Grade Pending when we ate there

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vipEmmaD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

The service was just weird. Our waiter never came up to us, we had to hail him over ourselves. We didn't even know which person was our waiter, since 3 different people came up to us, so we didn't know the right person to hail down. It was just an overall weird vibe/interaction with the staff (e.g. they didn't take our menus away after we ordered, we had a party of 5 and they brought 6 water glasses, but only 4 margarita glasses for our pitcher, etc). We also had 5 people sitting at a 4 person table with a party of 5 sitting at a 4 person table right next to us. It was very close quarters and very uncomfortable since we were all on top of each other / it was hard to get in and out of the table to go to the bathroom. It was not a pleasant fit to fit 3 people on 1 side of the table we were sitting at.

MC
MasonC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We arrived hoping for a good meal. What we received was appetizers The web site said they open at 4 however they did not open until 5. The place was very noisy. Our food did not even come out together. The food was really good I would never go back or recommend this place.

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vipmmayer
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unusual and fresh Mexican food at a very good price--especially during Happy Hour!

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dave
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went there for my birthday. It was an amazing experience from the time we walked in to the time we left. The hostess gave us the warmest welcome. She Literally felt like family. Food was fantastic! Thank you for making us feel so welcomed and making my birthday fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Over priced and not vegetarian friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with friends at this trendy spot. You get over the random inclusion of insects into your meal rather quickly. Everything was tasty!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Awkwardly empty and overpriced food that was very greasy and lukewarm. Disappointing.

JH
vipJimenaH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place. Good food, not amazing. Drinks are good. Great mezcal

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Diamond4466
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

my daughter and i were seated on time~~~only 4 tables occupied for sunday brunch????
so bottomless 90 min brunch 25$ good deal, menu read great~~~~so, my daughter is alergic to the mezcal plant, so we simply asked for a bloody mary for her instead ,i opted for bloody maria, the server comes back empty handed? i asked why, he says the bartender said , were out of bar vodka, so we have to charge you $13 for @ drink she has for premium vodka, i said thats not our fault that your out of some cheap vodka!!!, and what bar in the world only would have 2????
he said sorry, im onle a server, its the bartenders call, we got up and left, passing by the bartender i said you should learn a little more on treating your customers, and hospitality!
so we took a chance , walked 4 blocks to PRUNE, 1 of the best restarants in soho, they dont take rezon the weekend, the palce is small and full, the hostess said have a seat outside , well have a table for you in 5 mins~~~~~~was a great brunch , read about PRUNE, 20 yrs in biz!~ never going back to THE BLACK ANT! would you!~

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ChristinaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun, upbeat vibe. Really enjoyed the guacamole with chapulines on the side. The fish tacos were very good as well.

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Chels
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food sub-par and they were out of mimosas during brunch so we had to do bottomless margaritas... only plus was that drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for our honeymoon! They even were nice enough to bring a honeymoon flan. 10/10 service and food

CB
vipCesarB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience again at the Black Ant. They have a really great happy hour with discounted drinks and appetizers. The chicken quesadilla, the fish tacos, the carnitas, and the margaritas are amazing. Their food is really good quality and the ambience is great.

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maxwellh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Black Ant for my birthday and had the best time. Thank you!

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Daniel
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is really nice. Hey he inside is a bit dark. Overall a great spot

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eathere2
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is amazing here!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The margarita was from a mix. No restaurant in CDMX uses a premade mix for margaritas.

KJ
KeriJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was great but small portions. If you are hungry eat a little before you go. Very disappointed because I looked at the menu before making a reservation, and I was looking forward to their bone marrow only to find out they weren’t serving it.

FAQs

The Black Ant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates.

The Black Ant is rated 4.3 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.