We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Black Whale

279 City Island Ave, Frnt A, Bronx, NY 10464-1488
+1 718-885-3657
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (17 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (4 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
279 City Island Ave, Frnt A, Bronx, NY 10464-1488
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (62)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 62 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant between Christmas and New Year's with friends. The décor is interesting with many antiques and it's a relatively small place so you have to call ahead for a table. The service was fine. I ordered a Caesar salad with chicken while...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Foodie2713
Reviewed 16 September 2018

The family decided to visit the Black Whale, a landmark restaurant in City Island that we periodically go to over the years. In our youth, it used to only serve ice cream, if I remember correctly. The atmosphere is casual and heavily decorated with old,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Lawrence I
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

They offer a great buffet brunch for $20.99 per person. The buffet has bacon, waffles, pancakes, sausage, eggs, egg Benedict, fruits, deserts and more. The best part is that they keep adding different food choices throughout the day. The brunch is over by 2:00pm.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Josefina R
Reviewed 1 June 2018

we have been here twice. We sat outside once on a date night (sans kids) and had a great dinner and evening out. We went back with a big group (including small kids), sat inside and had a wonderful meal. The service is good. The...More

Date of visit: May 2018
2  Thank tar419
Reviewed 30 March 2018

City Island is full of restaurants, most of which are owned by one person. SO although you may go to a different restaurant, you get the same menu/food. The Black Whale is different. The decor makes you feel as if you are eating in an...More

Date of visit: March 2018
2  Thank mabeena
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Close to marinas on City Island this eatery has fast service, great food and all the time you are surrounded by a very diverse and eclectic collection of all kinds of nautical and other decorations. There is even an antique barber's and model aircraft hanging...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Yellodog117
Reviewed 21 January 2018

while the crusty loaf of bread was tasty - 2 foiled wrap butters for 2 people left us buttered bread as the starter. Diet Coke flat and tasteless.Had the mozzarella sticks which had an indescribable coating which left a starchy taste in my mouth and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
2  Thank Jean L
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I went in August for a friend's birthday brunch, on a Sunday. We sat outside, in the patio area. Although we didn't get the table we'd reserved, I understood why--a couple of people had backed out, and why give 3 people a table for 5...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Linda C
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We met another couple for an early dinner here. We absolutely loved it. We dined on the patio in the back and had wonderful shade from the sun. The decor is amusing. The beers were well chilled and the rum punch actually had rum in...More

Date of visit: July 2017
1  Thank Eileen M
Reviewed 21 May 2017

This very pleasant old building also has a large patio in back with much shade. The food has some eclectic offerings that are all superb. Our group had fresh grilled cod, meaty St Louis ribs (not the cheap baby backs offered by so many places...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank bill19742015
Nearby HotelsSee all 14 hotels in Bronx
Pelham Garden Motel
6 reviews
4.10 km away
Residence Inn By Marriott New York The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium
442 reviews
4.76 km away
Ramada by Wyndham Bronx
425 reviews
5.33 km away
Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel
68 reviews
7.27 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Artie's Steak & Seafood
167 reviews
.38 km away
Bistro SK
55 reviews
.01 km away
Scavello's On The Island
42 reviews
.61 km away
The Lobster Box
96 reviews
.89 km away
Nearby Attractions
City Island Nautical Museum
13 reviews
.21 km away
Great Neck Steppingstone Park
39 reviews
4.24 km away
American Merchant Marine Museum
5 reviews
4.28 km away
Island Current Fleet
7 reviews
.84 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Black Whale staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
14:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 279 City Island Ave, Frnt A, Bronx, NY 10464-1488
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: +1 718-885-3657
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing