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The Black Ant

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60 Second Ave., New York , NY 10003 40.725716 -73.989298
nr. 3rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
(212) 598-0300 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

blackantnyc.com

Hours

Tue–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 4pm–1am; Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; 6 at Bleecker St.

Prices

$22-$30

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

When one reads—or more likely hears about—a menu that contains grasshoppers, it sounds like a gimmick, but the Black Ant rises above the fray with thoughtful, delicious fare that balances upscale regional Mexican with a good ol' fish taco and a welcoming cocktail-lounge atmosphere.  As for that fish taco, it’s top-notch: Delicately fried cod cheeks mingle with mango slaw in a cloud-soft tortilla.  Another taco, this one goat barbacoa, is topped with a salsa of yogurt and pitiona, an herb similar to lemon verbena. A ceviche—generous in both portion and flavor—is swoon-worthy, with buttery cubes of yellowtail, aided by green papaya. The bugs crawl in sporadically: Grasshoppers garnish a tlayuda; a rim is salted with grated ants (they’re expensive, owner Jorge Guzman will tell you, because they only emerge—in Oaxaca, where Guzman also sources his singular chiles—once a year). Bugs are most prominent as engravings on the wall’s black tiles, which jut up against black leather booths, a dark relief countered by warm wooden tables, bistro tiled floors, and a light-blue paint job.  The vibe is cheerfully cool: dark enough for an adventurous date but light and quiet enough for a family to dine comfortably. Or go just to grab a drink, which is where the Black Ant surprises most pleasantly; try the La Bestia—a spicy and refreshing mélange of cucumbers, añejo tequila, and hot sauce.

Recommended Dishes

Ceviche de Jurel, $13; Tacos de Cocochas, $13.

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