The Black Ant
Since its opening in Spring 2014, The Black Ant has been unsurpassed in the subtle integration of insect protein in its artful cuisine and cocktails. Chef/partner Mario Hernandez serves a contemporary Mexican Cocina de Autor menu that expertly combines his Oaxacan roots, finely honed techniques, bold flavors and distinctive presentations. The 150-seat restaurant complements its East Village neighborhood with a sleek noir style. www.blackantnyc.comVisit
True to its name, Temerario brings a bold, fearless interpretation of Mexican food to its Chelsea neighborhood. Chef/partner Mario Hernandez serves his creative take on the foods that are a part of daily life in Mexico. Inventive specialty cocktails and a vast selection of tequilas and mezcals complete the beverage program. Streetside graffiti and striking interior murals of luchadors symbolize pride in the strength of Mexican culture, in the temerario. Opened February 2016.
Ofrenda was an immediate hit when it opened in the bustling heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village in December 2009. Its ofrenda, or gift to New York diners is authentic, home-style Mexican cooking in all its wide variety of flavors. Acclaimed agave cocktails and a menu of excellent value, rustic, evocative design and perfect sidewalk café seating have made Ofrenda a neighborhood favorite.Visit
LAMANO -- an intimate Spanish tapas and wine bar concept, now in three locations: Chelsea, West Village, and most recently, Hell’s Kitchen. With stellar menus from consulting Chef Jose Fuentes, of Madrid’s renowned Kulto restaurant, LAMANO offers classics from all regions of Spain along side tempting modern dishes. Spanish and Latin wines, many of them organic and biodynamic, and an array of artisanal cocktails and craft beers, complement the food in an alluring ambience.