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First Look at The Black Ant, Now Serving Insect-Dusted Margs and Guac

The Black Ant, opening tonight in the East Village, doesn’t look much like any other Mexican restaurant in town, and that’s the way the owner likes it. “Our inspiration is Salvador Dali and Buñuel,” explains Jorge Guzman, who is Dominican but has spent time in Mexico. “All Mexican restaurants go with the same old ideas — it’s what they know. But we wanted something different. And you know, Mexico is so surreal.”
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A Former La Esquina Chef Is Bringing Grasshopper Tlayudas to the East Village

The Black Ant's future site (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

The Black Ant’s future site (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Insects are the last thing you want to think about while you’re eating, but The Black Ant takes its name from Mayan mythology: legend has it that Quetzalcoatl transformed himself into one in order to find the source of maize that would feed Aztecs — and taco-loving hipsters — forever after.
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