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The Black Swan

1048 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 40.689055 -73.955368
nr. Lafayette Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-783-4744 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Gastropub, Hamburgers, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


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Mon-Fri, 11am-4am; Sat-Sun, 10am-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Bedford-Nostrand Aves.; G at Classon Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


Black Swan is the latest in a series of New American gastropubs in Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy. The interior tells the story of an impressive transformation from auto-body shop to sleek hall with a long copper bar, jet-black hardwood walls, and hand-worn tables; a short back porch invites the breeze inside. The kitchen’s starting lineup includes Canvey Island crab cakes, a kale Caesar salad, and a set of sticky Thai wings glazed with a sauce that's just sweet and sour enough. Further down the menu, Prince Edward Island mussels come with mustard cream, while a lobster “PLT” includes a smear of sun dried tomato aioli and crispy pork belly. The crucial house burger isn't quite as interesting despite its locally sourced beef and crisp, brioche-style bun; thin fries stuffed into a Chinese takeout box score points for presentation, but they're light on spice and texture. In the end, two big factors detract from a dining experience that includes a range of well-made food: lackluster service and prices that are not in keeping with the neighborhood.

Kitchen Hours

Kitchen closes at midnight.