Permanently Closed - BlackTail

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436 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. The American Bar with a Cuban Soul... Embrace the lush life.

BlackTail is open seven days a week from 5 pm - 2 am with live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday
Whilst we encourage reservations between, we also accept walk-ins.

Email opentable@blacktailnyc.com for any issues regarding your booking.

For tables of more than 8 guests, please email us at reservations@blacktailnyc.com.

Please note that for all reservations, tables will be held for 15 minutes after which the reserved seating will be released. Parties of 5 or more must be in complete attendance before being sat. For any further questions please email hello@blacktailnyc.com.
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.8based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JackC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This has been the most pleasant places to come with the gf and friends and family since I found out about it 3 years ago. Have been coming religiously since and is such a bummer that it’s being shut down. Always love dead rabbit but confident you will Open something similar to Blacktail here soon!

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Alex
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you! Every drink, every detail was always perfection!

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vipBrianS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was amazing. We will miss it

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ShaneB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Live Cuban music, fantastic mixed drinks, and attentive, knowledgeable staff make for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended.

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BillH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

This is an academic exercise since I learned that Blacktail is closing on Saturday, Jan. 11. I went to hear (and see) the band that's been playing there on Sunday nights for over 3 years. Although the personnel varies slightly week to week, the musicians are all my friends. While you can hear the band (if possible over the crowd noise) anywhere in the room, you can only see them from a couple of tables. Mine was not one of them.

I've never been fond of the menu, but the music has kept me returning (and I live 160 miles away). The plates are small and the selection not too varied. For the type of cuisine presented, I guess it's good; it's not just my type.

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GregN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Not for a quiet dinner or deep conversation (loud) - but was a great place and I’ll definitely go again.

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GRMC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible atmosphere and wonderful drinks - what could go wrong?

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vipgwfoodie
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great looking room. Perfect for a date. More of a bar than a restaurant, with tasty small plates. However the hostess had an attitude when we ask for a different table, and we had to ask the manager who accommodated us, but it was unconformable for a bit.

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We had an extra person added to our reservation - so we got moved into a hallway or entrance area and ate our dinner from a coffee table sitting on couches and chairs. Not idea. for dinner and there were people constantly walking by. Wish they'd been more clear about what moving us to that area really entailed. Probably would have just cancelled the reservation on gone somewhere else.

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vipJohnG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service!

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Doobie16
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great experience, food was very good. Would come here again in the summer, we sat at the bar because we felt like the tables were too close together. Bartenders were very engaging and pleasant. We were wondering why the playlist didn't include Cuban music until much later in the evening, would have preferred the whole experience music included.

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JackC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Used to come here when lived more local. Been some months but finally made it back and it’s just as amazing as when we were last in. Easy top 3 (if not # 1) in my book. Service. Food. Ambience. All a+

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NicoleC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A trip to the roaring 20’s with a Cuban flare. Anyone that likes speakeasy vibes and eclectic atmosphere would enjoy this place. The food was small plates and on point! Lovely NYC gem will definitely go back!

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vipMonikaS
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and cocktails.

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Dede
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday evening Jazz at BlackTail is wonderful. The cocktails are well-balanced and worth it. The menu is very unique in that it tells a story. One of my favorite places I try to visit every time I am in NYC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Overrated restaurant

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jamesc
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

The place is really a delight. Food fun and delicious and servers wonderfully attentive. We had a family birthday dinner there for our middle child. We are in our late seventies and our kids are middle age. Well, as can happen some were late and we notified the restaurant in time to retain the reservation. So my wife and I and our daughter meet our other daughter and her husband and we are told we have to wait and drink in the bar till the last two guests arrive. The table we were eventually shown to was right there and completely empty all the time we had to wait. The staff member was unfailingly polite, but could not offer a real reason other than it is the policy. Sometimes I think restaurants forget they are in the “service” industry.
As a younger person, I might have just chalked this up to obnoxious restaurant narcissism, but at 78 years old (in good health) it felt deeply disrespectful, not specifically ageist, but pretty humanly insensitive.
The staff was obviously selected and trained to be very customer friendly, but the stand till you drop policy undercuts any sense of civility. This is, of course, a personal beef. It’s super place and probably magical in the summer.

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hungryhippos
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Only the noise level is a negative here but on a Friday night that is understandable.

Best drinks ever.

We didn't eat this time but have in the past and the food was terrific.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
132 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OUTSTANDING! The shrimp creole was absolutely out of this world fantastic! Short rib empanadas and burger outstanding too! The drinks are made with unusual blends of ingredients providing for a unique cocktail that is delicious every time! All served by an attentive and enthusiastic staff set in a Cuban bar!
The restaurant is special!

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Merissa
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

I took my husband here for his birthday celebration. I wrote in OpenTable that it was a birthday celebration, and when we ordered the churros at the end, we were given no celebratory mention. No candle. Nothing. The entire time we were there, our server was fair at best and rude at worst. She was so forceful in her speediness with addressing our table that my husband said he felt rushed at times to order when the menu we were given was practically a novella. We both work in restaurants so we know that the worst type of a meal is one where you can't stop talking about the server and the service. And unfortunately for us, that was the case. If only at the end there had been some sort of birthday mention, maybe I would feel differently about our overall experience. But this being our first time out in six months since I gave birth to our first child, this experience was supposed to be amazing. Especially with the amount of money I spent.

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vipGiuseppeS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always. The new cocktail menu is outstanding

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MargaretH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great and the staff was very nice and attentive. Would definitely recommend as a date night location for drinks or shared plates.

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GenesisT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place. The food was amazing as well as their drinks. I would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Súper recomendable. Menú simple con muchas opciones para todos los gustos. Un ambiente impresionante.

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vipJoyceC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Drinks taste great but definitely looks simple for its price. Service is good - there was some fuss about having more people showing up than the reservation, but it was resolved at the end. Noise level is acceptable but on the louder side in the main bar; by impression the other side closer to bathroom would be more conducive to discussion!

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vipLauraW
London
28 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked Blacktail based on Dead Rabbit experience and was not disappointed other than the fact it’s closing soon & so won’t be there when we next make it back to NYC.

Despite having walked so far in heels the music has me itching to get up and dance- thankfully its was quiet and so I didn’t dare.

The drinks were as every exceptional- even if I think I did disappoint my husband who was trying to be sophisticated in his drinks orders when for my second drink I ordered a Miami Vice.

Great date night spot. Could be even better for drinks with friends but was so big maybe not busy enough for 10:30 on a Saturday night if you go out early.

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TerenceM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

very convenient to the Staten Island Ferry. Cuban was a nice change from the traditional cuisine. Our server was wonderful and attentive . (forgetting her name. Charming Irish actress). I hope to make it back when I am in the Battery area.

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Blufox528
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to a birthday dinner. Everything was flawless. Highly recommend.

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ShivaniS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

The food and drinks were amazing. We were attended to really well. It was too cold in the restaurant though and that made it uncomfortable.

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MLEats
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderfully warm service, great atmosphere and consistently well made drinks which are both true to their Cuban roots and a refreshing twist on various classics. The food is also excellent - making this hidden gem an all-rounder!

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shonuff
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for a group of 6 hang! Amazing cocktails! Great bites and excellent service. Blacktail itself if gorgeous inside and the ambience was exactly what we were looking for - we drank many drinks and celebrated 2 birthdays in which they brought out two delicious birthday surprise desserts with candles for the birthday boys. The Glam Rock cocktail was particularly wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service makes you feel like you’re the only one in the restaurant. Food is great

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews