122 E 28th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.742886 -73.983036
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Kips Bay
Good Flavors, Poor Service. Have you ever been asked to leave as soon as desert landed/?? – I was looking forward to Black Duck, as many of the reviews were stellar. To their credit, the food was well prepared and presented. Flavors mingled well and were not overdone. However, the service was atrocious. Our waiter never once said a word to us, just took order, and dropped off plates. I would have bought some wine if he even asked if I wanted a bottle. I had to remind him to bring bread and the comp. Champagne. The tip was already included as a service fee (there were only two of us) I hate seeing that on a bill. As soon as dessert was served, we were kindly asked to HURRY UP. We were at the rest. for about 90 mins, and then everyone in our section was asked to leave. Sorry black duck, never again...
A REAL GEM OF A RESTAURANT – This place is a gem. Cozy and romantic, it offers multiple seating options to suit your mood and the circumstances -- a back-room hideway, a semi-formal dining room, a long bar for drinkers and solo diners, a lounge area (with a fireplace for those cold winter nights), and two variations of outdoor seating (intimite patio and public sidewalk) for those warm summer and fall evenings. The service was perfectly spot-on, the food was exceptional through all three courses I enjoyed, and the wine was fairly priced (which is to say I got what I paid for). I can't recommend "Black Duck" highly enough, but *don't tell your friends* -- I don't want it to be too crowded for my return visit :)
Great early dinner – Was in the neighborhood to see a play at the Baruch theatre and saw Black duck was close by and decided to take a chance and make res.
When I walked in to a dim rest. I had my doubts but was greeted with a smile and shown immediately to our table. Decor is semi-nautical but tasteful. We each had a diff. appy and entree and all were excellent. I had salad made w/pears and fish of the day which was prepared just right. My husband had steak&fries- which he said was very good and my bro had crab cake appy which looked delicious (he said it was) and wasabil tuna which was cooked to perfection. I would definately return to this rest if we are in the neighborhood again
seasoned new yawkers flock to (park) south for the winter(and summer&spring&autumn &fall) – Once you walk into this establishment there is an air of relaxed ambiance, which is complimented by a light smattering of a maritime milieu, which does not come off as a kitschy contrivance.. As we placed our orders for the appetizers Chef Tice walked by and stopped by our table to greet our party and suggest some of the day's gastronomic offerings.
Having met him earlier this summer at a charity gala that was catered by many of the city's finer eateries, he was still his cheery, affable self despite the giddy phalanx of patrons streaming in. Besides, his gourmet grail of crab cakes and shrimp alone were enough to goad us into a trip from North Riverdale. As we ordered, one of the stragglers in our party was promptly greeted and seated with our party and we launched into ordering a smorgasbord of surf and turf ,halibut , fillets and steak. All the food was cooked with the immaculate perfection and flavorful nuances that only a "seasoned" chef bestows on every dish. We had our beverages and bread basket refreshed in a timely and non-intrusive manner, which made for a very refreshing dining experience. When it came for time to order dessert Chef Tice happened upon us poring over our menu's visibly flummoxed by all its offerings; suggested a mix of pudding and chocolate cake, which we proceeded to share amongst ourselves, to the delight of all.
What really cinched our night was when the check came we thought all this gourmet food had lulled us into a delusional stupor given the price and service for a party of five.We'll definitely be celebrating more birthday's here. Compared to the myriad of New York's supposedly more august dining establishments, the Black Duck soars above these smarmy peacocks, with the poise and grace of the spartan amphibian it derives its moniker from.
pros- assiduous chef and waitstaff
cons-hard to find
I love Black Duck
How can one not love a place with creative dishes without the expensive pricing?
They always make everything look pretttty.
How can one not love a place that gives you the perfect portion? Not too small. Not too big.
They always balance the right amount of meat, veggie and carb on your plate.
Servers are always nice and they know their food.
great customer service – The food was good but not great. The portions were massive!
The service was excellent. Since I was there on a business lunch, they chose not to disturb us unless necessary.
I would go again for a business lunch/dinner but I definitely wouldn't come here to hang out for a drink
My wife and I visited the Black Duck last week - the prices on Happy Hour certainly have changed since last December - drafts now $4 - the $5 cocktails now $9 and the $6 martinis are $11 - to be fair I must mention you can now get a glass of the "house" red or white wine for $5
Some of the best service in New York, period. – My girlfriend and I frequently are hunting for new restaurants at around the 40 dollar a person range. I stumbled upon this here on city search and decided to go in on a whim. When walking in I was immediately and I mean immediately greeted by Richard, the matrade. He let me know that it will be a few minutes since they are just clearing out a large party but offered us a seat in a lounge where we were washed over by a small jazz trio. He took our drink order and when he came back he said that he had set up a table for us in the back where it was a little quieter and more private. He introduced himself as Richard and showed us a beautiful table where we for the next few hours gorged ourselves on a delicious wine men you and nuevo- american cuisine. Upon leaving he remembered me by name and told me to get home safe. I will definitely be returning Richard.
This is a great place for a romantic evening. Richard definitely notices a couple trying to have an intimate experience.
Unpretentious? What a laugh. What was with the minature head of lettuce I had last night? What did I pay, 10, 12 bucks for a "wedge" salad? I've had bigger brussel sprouts! Seriously, do you think the Black Duck is worthy of 4 star steakhouse pricing? The "live Jazz" is well, live, but that's about it. I'm not sure I'd stay for it anyway...just getting through dinner with the racket coming through the lame sound system was more than I could handle. The "ambience" was more like a college bar after finals with the over priced food on the menu playing the part of the hangover.
Great romantic spot, amazing service – I chose the Black Duck for my fiancee?s 30th birthday dinner. I called and spoke to the manager to ask that the hostess wish my girl a happy birthday. Not only did the hostess do this, but we also had a private little table in the back of the nearly empty restaurant. The table was covered with rose petals and just about every employee stopped by the table and gave a birthday greeting. The food was superb. We started with the crab and shrimp cake appetizer, which was excellent. She had the halibut and raved about it. I chose the surf and turf. The espresso rubbed filet was tasty and cooked perfectly. The sesame crusted wasabi tuna was very good with just a bit of bite from the wasabi. For dessert, our waiter brought out that evening's dessert special. It was a chocolate cup with a passion fruit, cheesecake type filling. Not only was it very good, but it was also presented on a decorated plate with a personalized birthday wish. The drinks were good and the bartender pours deep glasses of single malt scotch. Towards the end of the meal, a 3 piece jazz group began playing live music. We moved from our table in the back to the bar and finished our evening there. When we were given our check, neither of us could believe how reasonable the cost of an evening like this. We have both eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the country and this was one of the finest meals and dining experiences we have ever had. This restaurant should never be empty.
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