Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails

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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
American Restaurant serving seasonal small plates & artfully crafted cocktails. We partner w/local farms & suppliers because it matters & it tastes better.

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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another incredible meal at my favorite restaurant!

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

food was amazing as usual. ravioli and ditalini were amazing.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is fantastic. Even though they are small plates they give a generous portion. The drink menu is extensive and it’s hard to choose!

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JD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing cocktails, food and service. Can't wait to go back!

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing!!! Most innovative food and cocktails. Everything is always fresh!!! I keep coming back for more!!!

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l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Impressive cocktail menu but cocktails not great
Food pretty good - lobster roll delicious but pasta was very salty

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome all around! Love this place!

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LI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food great. Drinks great. Service really nice. Will definitely be returning

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DM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience with helpful staff and delicious food. We will be back!

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LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, intimate restaurant. Food and cocktails were sublime.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing experience and meal at Blackbird Kitchen $ Cocktails! From their delicious cocktails by mixologists Elizabeth or Jonathan to Frank (Manager) and his contagious, welcoming smile to Chef Chris’s consistently cravable dishes...you simple CANNOT go wrong!! Just...GO. :)

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s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. Warm and friendly. Frank is one of the owners and is always so nice

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LE
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food at Blackbird is always delicious despite the presence of my food arch-nemesis lemon zest on the whipped ricotta. The chicken wings are a must order - the current iteration had the perfect balance of spice and sauciness. The octopus was cooked perfectly and was served with the smallest potatoes I've ever seen - seriously they were the size of small marbles but man were they delicious! We loved the smoked gouda greuyeres (like an adult version of a mozzarella stick), sea scallops (although my son wondered why there were only 7 half scallops rather than 8) , meatballs and ravioli. Even after all that, my husband found room for the maple bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream (holy cow was that ice cream OUTSTANDING) and the kids enjoyed the passion fruit creme brulee.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I would have given 5 stars across the board but excellent service is very important to me. Warm greeting by owner very welcoming. It has a very inviting atmosphere.
Waitress forgetful and not very attentive took a long time to get drinks and longer to get food which was not very hot. That was a shame because the food was delish. She totally forgot one of the items we ordered. By the time she reappeared we were finished The place is not that huge!! So she was not overwhelmed with tables
I will try it again and hopefully service will be better. When you offer that wonderful quality of food and drinks, the service should be equally wonderful. Make sure to make a reservation. Not inexpensive

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such great food and drinks! Love it here

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This a great local place that i

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EV
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my wife here for her birthday dinner. What looks like an unassuming store front on Merrick road enters into a surprisingly spacious dark and romantic restaurant. Cocktails were A+ and the food was delicious as well. We decided to try a bunch of the small plates and Muscles were so tender that we had to double dip! Great service as well!

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

First time there. The food was delicious the only fade-away back was the noise level

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took a friend out to dinner to celebrate her birthday...she wanted to try something new. We loved the food and the cocktails.
Service was great- friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Blackbird Kitchen!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious and the service from arriving until departing was warm and welcoming. We can’t wait to return.

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LO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friday was my husband and I’s first visit to Blackbird. It was excellent. We had Italian chicory salad, scallops and whipped ricotta (small plates) and the halibut (entree). Everything was excellent from the cocktails to the food and service. We can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu items.

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CP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very consistent, if possible it gets better and better. A few new dishes all delicious. Cocktails and wine is always amazing too! A perfect night out!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Heard about this place from a few friends and wanted to give it a shot. Food was perfectly seasoned and drinks were as if we were at s speak easy without the pretentiousness. Overall an extremely satisfying evening if wonderful tapas food and drinks. Add this place to your list.

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Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A nice little place to meet friends. The food was excellent as was the service. The shredded kale salad was great...oh get over yourself....kale done right is delicious. :) The ricotta was lovely and the scallops were delicious. Will definitely go back again.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for foodies! The drink menu is exquisite, and the service is excellent.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Food was terrible and very overpriced the quality of food was that of something canned or frozen

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HM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was outstanding which is obviously the most important thing when eating at a restaurant. The kale salad, mussels, scallops, runner beans and Gouda greyere were amazing. The pasta with speck was also delicious, but it didn’t taste like it was homemade. Three out of four of us got small plates, but the other person ordered a burger which didn’t come out to the very end. That was our only complaint about the service. We were seated right next to the kitchen where the orders were coming out and asked to change our table. Unfortunately our request could not be granted. We were able to ignore it but it put a damper on the ambiance. Like I said before, the food was excellent but you did pay for every peppercorn and sliver of speck. Overall I would go back and recommend it to a friend.

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RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Jonathan makes the very best cocktails on the south shore of LI. This is one of the maim reasons we got there often. A must try

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DV
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great place perfect change from the norm have recommended and will make it a twice a month spot

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LO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food it outstanding at this place. Everything is very fresh and tastes homemade. A little expensive but worth it.

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G
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Blackbird is located on Merrick Rd in a strip center in Wantagh. While driving by it is easy to miss, the only distinguishing feature is the White and Black storefront. In side a long bar runs along the right side and tables line the left. There are also tables located in the back towards to open window kitchen. Each time we have been there the staff and owners are very welcoming and attentive. We had pre-gamed dinner so another glass of wine was all we could manage. One of our party had the burger and he is usually pretty picky. He loved it. His only disappointment was no spicy mustard, but he thought the special kitchen to be just right. A friend and I shared shredded Kale salad which I usually resist, but it was excellent. Blackbird offers a list of small plates and 4 or 5 main dishes. We also shared the meatballs and the Mayan Shrimp. Topped it all off with Passion Fruit creme brulee. Wonderful.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. I booked thinking they observed restaurant week and they did not. Shame on you Open Table. I responded to your email about RW and this place wasn't participating. We stayed anyway. Our salad , Italian Chickories was delicious. The braised runner beans were spicy but good. We ordered the scallops. 2 scallops cut up into slices with what amounted to 1 snap pea diced and sliced was what we were served. $18 for that dish. My husband and I are foodies and have eaten all over the world. The food here may be good but it is not worth the money. We wanted to try it and we did. We will not be going back.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Small plate style and everything was delicious. GREAT drinks too! 4 Drinks cost all most as much as 4 plates of food but it was absolutely delicious all around.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Table of 6 people. We ordered 8 dishes and 2 desserts plus drinks. There was not one dish that I wouldn’t order again. The entire meal was fairly priced for all of the food and alcohol.

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c
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were warmly greeted by a gentleman upon arrival and were lucky enough to get a quiet table in the corner. The host explained the the drink menu, i should say book because it is extensive, and gave us the daily menu. The waitress came over and explained that the menu was updated daily.
My friend and i ordered the kettle one special cocktail, it was a refreshing start to a delicious meal. We opted on sharing a few tapas dishes- white asparagus with a yummy cream sauce, the ricotta on honey toast, fabulous scallops (the shining star of the meal), meatballs and pesto ravioli. Everything was quite tasty. The only area where they fell short was the dessert. We ordered the creme brûlée which honestly was quite awful. We each took a bite and were shocked at how bitter it was. Neither one of us wanted to take a second taste it was practically inedible. That is the only reason i could t give 5 stars to Blackbirds. Our waiter and the bus boy (don’t like that term but not sure what other title to use) were both fantastic- shout out to the busboy who cleared plates and gave fresh utensils after each course. He was super attentive and i just love when a restaurant goes above and beyond for a great dining experience. I will definitely be back again to try some other items.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it!! Will def be back.

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MT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Waitress was a bit inattentive and I had to track her down to pay the check. She was at the bar chatting and texting. One bright spot occurred earlier between courses when the waitress who resembles Bianca Jagger stopped by our table to say hello.

We always enjoy Black Bird. Very nice crowd.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is a lovely little restaurant in a storefront in Wantagh. My husband and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the great service by Deirdre, who answered all of our questions sincerely and with enthusiasm. Other servers were exceptional as well. This is small plates restaurant with fine quality food and an interesting, if limited, menu. The mussels were wonderful and the home made ravioli with pesto were excellent. For an interesting experience, we highly recommend this restaurant. The cocktail menu includes an assortment of old fashioneds that is the most varied I've ever seen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Shrimp and fluke main dish were lacking in flavor tastes very bland. Prices were very high for average / mediocre food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This was our first visit but definitely not our last!! The small plate selection was outstanding! The quality was some of the best we’ve had and the cocktails are unreal! If only there were bigger considering the price. I will say it is in line with the tasting menu. I think we have found our new favorite restaurant ! If only we can get a reservation 🤞

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