This dark, moody-lit Mexican restaurant doesn’t just have a cool name with amazing boutique-y decoration, it’s foreshadowing for what may come in your meal or beverage.
Ants, grasshoppers, and other critters may be tucked away. For most people, it sounds a little mucho but if you were to eat bugs, here’s where you’d want to eat them.
There are so many little spots in the East Village but not all are created equal. The Black Ant not only stands out as a unique food destination but the drinks are solid without being pretentious.
They take great care to source ingredients as you would for yourself.
Insects are not just thrown in carelessly. They’re sometimes ground into a powder and mixed into different flavoring agents, i.e., a salt rimmed cocktail.
If bugs aren’t really your thing, no prob bob (Family Matters reference) you can always ask for a minus insect option and they happily oblige.
The food is really good here and the desserts are on par with a Michelin rated spot (it’s actually crazy how amazing the desserts are). BUT, I chose this as a drink spot because, well, to be honest, I get frustrated with cocktails in NYC.
Soooooo many places claim to have a mixology bar and it’s a let down. While lots of regular bars don’t use fresh lemons or limes – which is straight up sacrilegious to me. I hate sour mix and I hate lime concentrate even more!!! Capital H Hate!
The Black Ant isn’t considered a mixology bar but the cocktails usually get me buzzed with one drink. Now, you KNOW it’s a real cocktail when that happens.
Except for the mango purée in one of the flavored margaritas, which was a concentrate (but still well-balanced), everything else was super fresh. My cucumber margarita was so refreshing and not too sweet.
I never get a salt rim cuz it’s just not my thing but see if they have one mixed with ants on the menu.
Their bar menu changes so talk to the bartender about your favorite flavor combinations. The staff here is super chill and friendly and they ALWAYS have great Latin music playing.
It makes for a really fun place. The vibe is unique and it’s just so quintessentially New York.
In the summer, they open their patio in the back and it’s über magical. You feel like you found a solid place that you can always count on to get a little buzzed and a belly full of good Mexican food.
Now, that’s my kinda spot!