The Black Ant – New York City

Unique mystique and oh-so chic!  Oh yeah, and mixed with a little bit of ‘freak’.

Indeed The Black Ant is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in the East Village of New York City, mixing Mexican cuisine with a fashionably dark interior and a whole lotta bugs.  Yes, bugs!  Not only are they etched into the black tile walls of the restaurant’s interior, it seems they also work their way into several dishes offered here.  And deliberately so, not because the Department of Health forgot to inspect the place.

Located at 60 2nd Avenue, New York, The Black Ant derives its name from a Mesoamerican legend that speaks of talking ants and starving humans, and expands on the buggy theme by featuring an innovative menu that includes ants, as well as grasshoppers and worms, among many of its ultra-modern Mexican dishes.

Cocktail rimmed with Black Ant Salt

An example of this are the restaurant’s shrimp tacos, which are lightly dusted with a grasshopper crust. Grasshoppers also show up in the $15 Tlayuda, along with crispy Corn Tortillas, Black Bean Quesillo and Chile de Agua. And then there are dishes featuring Black Ant Salt, essentially grated ants sourced from the city of Oaxaca, Mexico where they’re not just special, apparently they’re also expensive.  The Black Ant Salt is also used for rimming cocktail glasses.

If you can get past the idea of creepy crawlies in your food and open your mind to the experience, you just might find that your taste buds are delighted.

The menu’s creativity and uniqueness continues with enchiladas made with rabbit; tacos made with braised goat and avocado yogurt; Duck Dumplings with Cortija Cheese and a Kumquat Salad; and Roasted Suckling Pig paired with Habanero mole, yucca puree, and pickled onions.  And don’t forget to try a $7 side dish of Cactus Fries or Garlic Grilled String Beans.

Guests will be every bit as amazed by the dessert and cocktail selection, which are just as creative and adventurous.

Dessert – La Hormiga Negra by Pastry Chef Cesar Moreno

For a flavor sensation, try a cocktail called La Bestia which mixes Añejo Tequila with hot sauce and cucumbers.  But if you have one too many, you just might find that the restaurant’s Ant Logo starts looking more like a neon alien.

With entrees priced between $22-$30, couples can expect to throw down approximately $75 (US) for dinner.  Reservations are accepted, but even during peak time the wait isn’t usually more than 15 minutes.  Outdoor seating is also available.

For convenience, The Black Ant also features Takeout and Brunch on the weekends.

Bug Bon Appetite.

 

All Photos via The Black Ant from their Public Facebook Profile

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