Black Market is a self-described neighborhood bar with a diverse menu that offers more than nachos and cheese fries.
A more accurate description for this miniature sized eatery would be a gastropub, which encompasses the relaxed pub atmosphere and the sophisticated cuisine on the menu.
The red brick walls and chalk board specials menu create a cozy atmosphere in the urban setting of the Mass Ave restaurant corridor.
When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is ideal for al fresco dining. The vine covered gate to the street lets you peek at the passersby and lets them try to get a glimpse of the diners inside and wish they were eating on the patio as well.
The ambience is relaxed, but still has a trendy feel that it is a place to see and be seen. Just a touch of pretentiousness gives you the feeling that you are lucky to have found this hidden gem tucked on the end of Mass Ave.
The long communal table running down the center of the dining room provides an opportunity to rub elbows with fellow diners, and perhaps get a glimpse at what dishes they are enjoying before you make your choice.
We sat at the bar to have dinner before a show at The Murat, and had plenty of room to relax with some wine and delicious food.
You can’t go wrong with the signature dishes featured on the menu. The unique duck buns are soft yeast buns from Rene’s Bakery stuffed with rich duck meat and served with hoisin mustard.
The kale, pear & blue cheese salad is vitamin packed ingredients in a sweet little package. The leafy kale greens are topped with sweet pear and robust blue cheese with candied pecans and topped with a maple orange dressing.
But the specials are where the menu shines. Changing the dishes with local availability of fresh ingredients, keeps things interesting and constantly evolving.
Beef tongue with chile verde, for example, is not something you would ever think of trying but the combination is decadent.
If you have an adventurous bone in your body, it is worth it to go out of your culinary comfort zone here. You won’t be sorry.
Although the menu you prices aren’t ridiculous, the portions are on the smaller side. I recommend starting with an appetizer if you are truly there for a full meal.
The wine list is varied with selections from California, France and Argentina and New Zealand. However, like most hip restaurants, the prices are high. A glass of Sauvingnon Blanc is $8, but it is a generous pour.
Black Market is perfect for a night out with friends or a first date. Just don’t forget your sense of adventure when ordering from this unique menu.
922 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis