The Black Ant

4.5
500 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food was great although plates were a bit small.

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SkyK
Charleston
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

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vipJonF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, utilizing some unique proteins, in a truly tasty way. Excellent cocktails and happy hour too.

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vipNYCgirl
New York Area
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?

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Would be nice to have more vegan options.

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vipLiv14
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes and drinks! Good for groups and sitting outside

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night was a great experience. Nice staff with great food!

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EmilyD
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for large group dinners

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vipJohnE
Savannah
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.

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vipStevenD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Was so disappointed with the food.

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vipStilettolexy
New York Area
16 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed....

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vipSarahC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 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.

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Lala
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)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
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.

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vipSpyc
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
43 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
16 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
53 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!

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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!

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

Great service, amazing margaritas

FAQs

The Black Ant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Black Ant is rated 4.5 stars by 500 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.