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The Black Ant

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4.4
515 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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Booked 8 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
    Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:30 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

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & 4th St

  • 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, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Menu

Entradas

  • Black Ant Guacamole$18.00

    Avocado, onion, cilantro, serrano, Pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, black ant salt

    • Ensalada Alegría Camaron$16.00

      Grilled Shrimps, green peas, cherry tomatoes, Amaranth brittle, spring mix, recado negro

      • Esquite$14.00

        Corn epazote stew, queso fresco, jalapeño aioli

        Para las Hormigas

        • Chapulines$18.00

          Grasshoppers, shishito peppers, avocado, Queso fresco

          • Ceviche$17.00

            Hamachi crudo, pineapple, cucumber, habanero and strawberry

            • Croquetas de Chapulín$16.00

              Manchego grasshopper croquettes, avocado, recado negro, roasted habanero sauce

              • Buñuelo de Pato$18.00

                Crispy duck dumplings, Oaxaca Mole Negro, Apple, queso fresco

                Los Tacos

                • Pescado$15.00

                  Fish Baja-Style, spicy aioli, Chile de árbol, cabbage slaw

                  • Carnitas$15.00

                    Pork confit, chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, chicharrón, salsa verde

                    • Poblano Rajas$14.00

                      Roasted poblano, onions, corn, cotija cheese, chihuahua cheese

                      • Enchapulinados$16.00

                        Grasshoppers crusted shrimps, avocado, Apple slaw, morita salsa

                        Platos Fuertes

                        • Carne Asada$28.00

                          12 oz NY strip, cauliflower puree, Pistachio, roasted cipollini, epazote chimichurri

                          • Dorado$28.00

                            Grilled Mahi-mahi, hoja santa, morita butter Chocolate-pasilla adobo, seasonal vegetables

                            • Enchiladas de Conejo$24.00

                              Rabbit entomatado, Oaxaca cheese, Corn tortilla, chilhuacle salsa, queso fresco

                              • Crepa$24.00

                                Hoja santa crepe, wild mushrooms, manchego cheese, pomegranate seeds, poblano sauce

                                • Carrillera$27.00

                                  Braised pork cheeks, ayocote beans puree, chile ancho sauce, butternut squash, seasonal vegetables

                                  Para Acompañar

                                  $8

                                  • Platanos

                                    Nogada cream, pomegranate

                                    • Shishito

                                      queso fresco, chipotle aioli

                                      • Salsa Trio

                                        Corn chip

                                        Last updated: January 1, 2021

                                        What 515 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
                                        • 4.3Food
                                        • 4.2Service
                                        • 4.1Ambience
                                        • 4Value

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                                        1. CW

                                          CraigW

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          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

                                        2. s

                                          sundaybrunch

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          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.

                                        3. KP

                                          KimP

                                          Chicago

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on October 17, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent brunch!

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 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.

                                        5. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Austin

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          1.0

                                          3 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.

                                        6. 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.

                                        7. 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!

                                        8. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on August 15, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great time

                                        9. 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.

                                        10. G

                                          Gera

                                          New York Area

                                          28 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          28 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.

                                        11. EG

                                          ElizabethG

                                          New York Area

                                          74 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          74 reviews

                                          Dined on July 23, 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                        12. 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.

                                        13. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on July 11, 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                        14. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Nashville

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on July 3, 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                        15. AP

                                          AliceP

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on June 25, 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Best cocktails!

                                        16. CK

                                          ChefKelvin

                                          New York Area

                                          163 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          163 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

                                        17. 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.

                                        18. 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

                                        19. 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.

                                        20. 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?

                                        21. 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.

                                        22. 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

                                        23. 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!

                                        24. ED

                                          EmilyD

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          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.

                                        25. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Richmond

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on February 26, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I love this place for large group dinners

                                        26. 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.

                                        27. SD

                                          StevenD

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on February 15, 2021

                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                          Was so disappointed with the food.

                                        28. 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.

                                        29. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Baltimore

                                          3 reviews

                                          1.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on January 31, 2021

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          They were closed....

                                        30. 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!

                                        31. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 17, 2021

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          The restaurant was closed and did not take their open reservation spots off of OpenTable. I only discovered the restaurant was closed when I arrived there with nothing but a note on the door. I know that sudden closures happen in these times, but there needs to be better communication with platforms.

                                        32. L

                                          Lala

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on December 27, 2020

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          It was closed! My friend and I made a reservation for the weekend after Christmas, we got there and it was locked and dark inside. Their website, open table, and google maps were all saying it was open; not sure what happened but we were disappointed. Ended up going to Rosies down the street (amazing)

                                        33. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Miami

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on December 19, 2020

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          the restaurant was CLOSED!!! We showed up at the time of our reservation and it was locked and dark inside. Called but obviously the phones just rang in the empty restaurant. Not listed as closed anywhere.

                                        34. S

                                          Spyc

                                          New York Area

                                          30 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          30 reviews

                                          Dined on December 12, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We had some selections from the happy hour menu. Everything was excellent!

                                        35. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          11 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on December 6, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Best margaritas in NYC. Awesome brunch. Our server Alfredo is always so nice and attentive.

                                        36. AA

                                          AnnaA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 21, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        37. NM

                                          NatashaM

                                          Los Angeles

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 18, 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!!

                                        38. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          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!!

                                        39. IC

                                          IsabelC

                                          New York Area

                                          47 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          47 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

                                        40. MR

                                          MargaretR

                                          Portland

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on March 1, 2020

                                          overall2food3service2ambience2

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

                                        FAQs

                                        The Black Ant is rated 4.4 stars by 515 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.

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                                        Booked 8 times today
                                        Google Map for The Black Ant

                                        60 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003

                                        • Cross street

                                          Between 3rd & 4th St

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          East Village

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Brunch
                                          Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
                                          Dinner
                                          Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
                                          Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
                                          Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                          Happy Hour
                                          Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:30 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Mexican

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • 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, 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

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