The Black Ant
Man are the husband-and-wife team behind Chelsea’s Cookshop keeping busy. Last week Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer debuted Vic’s in the space that previously held their Noho brunch spot Five Points. And now, with this sign, they’ve announced to the denizens of Second Avenue that they’re getting ready to open Rosie’s in the former home of Boukies.
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.”
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.