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The Black Whale

279 City Island Ave., The Bronx, NY 10464 40.846419 -73.786222
nr. Hawkins St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-885-3657 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Fri, 4pm-11pm; Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, 10am-2pm and 3pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Pelham Bay Park


Upon exiting the subway, catch the Bx29 bus to City Island.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Buffet


  • Full Bar




A 1998 reincarnation of a beloved seventies-era eatery, The Black Whale on City Island's main thoroughfare offers every kind of meal for every kind of diner. The nautique-to-the-max dining room teeters close to kitsch, despite a pressed-tin ceiling and stained-glass fixtures. On the plus side, the rear garden, with marble tables shaded by weeping willow and maple trees, offers real pleasure on a summer evening. The menu's ambitious breadth unfortunately confers a kind of bland sameness to the food—nothing's really awful (save for extra-sweet salad dressings), yet very little sparkles in a sea of generous portions and relatively predictable dishes. Large parties or dinner companions with vastly different appetites can select from a range of menu choices, including generous entrée salads, among them an unusual Cobb with New York sirloin; Italian-style sandwiches, wraps, and panini; and hefty dinners, like grilled swordfish with caramelized onions and bacon aioli. Avid eaters will enjoy the Moby, a gargantuan, multi-course sirloin-and-shrimp combo. Diners are welcome to linger over specialty cocktails, like a Bacardi pink lemonade or watermelon martini, and the Whale's enormous desserts. 


Sun., 10 a.m.—2 p.m., all-you-can-eat buffet, $14.95

Recommended Dishes

Shrimp scampi, $17; New York sirloin Cobb salad, $15