The Black Lives Matter movement has been moved to take action following the brutal killing of George Floyd, resulting in massive protests all over the United States. People have been coming out in greater numbers to support Black people, and there is now a movement started that is designed to support Black-owned restaurants and businesses.
You can take a stand today supporting Black businesses fighting for their lives. New York City is home to a thriving Black community, and dozens of Black-owned businesses and restaurants have called the city their home for a long time.
If you have been someone that hasn’t gone out of their way to support Black people and Black businesses, now is the perfect time for you to make your stance. That’s why we have chosen to highlight some of the Black-owned businesses that deserve your business.
There’s always something amazing and new to experience in New York City. You can take a historical tour to the Langston Hughes House, visit sites like the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center, or simply take in all the art, sounds, and culture. New York City has got something to offer you every time you visit the city.
That’s especially true when it comes to the eateries here, so the next time you’re visiting or traveling for business in New York City, you should pencil in a visit to these Black-owned restaurants for a taste of what the city is all about.
1. Café Rue Dix
This little piece of Paris can be found in Crown Heights, and it serves Franco-Senegalese fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Senegalese spring rolls, hibiscus rum punch, and the thieboujen have the locals craving for more than just their caffeine fixes. The locals know this spot for its amazing coffee and the signature hot sauce available for sale.
2. Amy Ruth’s
One of Harlem’s most famous soul food eateries, there are 14 different ways you can have an amazing waffle at Amy Ruth’s. Tired of waffles and chicken? Amy Ruth’s variations have waffles that come complete with whiting, pork chops, top sirloin, fried shrimp, and more. You can dine in and get comfortable with libations from the Black-owned Harlem Brewing Company. Be sure to try out their signature peach mimosa.
3. MIST Harlem
This spot is so much more than a restaurant as it houses seven unique event spaces all under one roof. The ‘living room’ of Harlem is an amazing spot to hang out and grab a drink at the bar, study, or work in their health-conscious internet café or have a modern Caribbean dinner on the terrace. You can expect classic dishes with a modernist twist such as the pimento smoked jerk chicken, branzino escovitch, and shrimp pholourie.
Blossom is the gold standard of vegan cuisine, and it is truly a favorite of food lovers from all over the world. Blossom is the oldest restaurant from vegan food entrepreneur Pamela Elizabeth; here, you can find many of the classic dishes made famous by the cookbook of the same name. Stop in and try the chef’s sampler to get a real feel for the vibe, and you’ll be devouring dishes like buffalo risotto croquettes, seaweed caviar canapes, and seitan empanadas.
Ethiopian, elegant, and delicious are all words that can be used to describe Zoma. You can start your evening with a glass of honey wine and order from the combination menu for a faux sampler. With traditional Ethiopian lamb, beef, chicken, and vegetarian dishes, there is something for everyone. You should definitely sample the ‘ZomaTibs,’ which is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.