As I continue to listen and educate myself towards living an anti-racist life, I want to continue to elevate voices that have been marginalized. Living in NYC comes with so many wonderful daily benefits, but at the very top of the list is our diversity and how that transpires into our cuisines. My family loves to celebrate authentic cuisines and the cultures that go into the traditions. In this article I specifically hight light black-owned restaurants and the priceless contributions they put forth towards our great city!
Brooklyn Chop House has steak, pork chops, veal chops, and red velvet cake – and you can get all these things for takeout and delivery.
At Berber Street Food, a Chef Centers the Global Influence of African Food. Diana Tandia pulls from her hometown traditions at the Greenwich Village restaurant, while also nodding to the international influence of slave food.
The 2 Girls & a Cookshop menu includes a delicious variety of loaded tacos, nachos, rice bowls, salads and drinks inspired by the flavors of Jamaica and the culture of New York’s melting pot.
Organic vegan comfort food, along with cocktails & mocktails in an intimate West Village setting.
Omar’s Kitchen is a nouveau Caribbean restaurant found in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side. Chef Omar is inspired by his Jamaican roots and Caribbean travels.
There are some New York restaurants that you can mention in any social setting and someone will invariably nod and intone, sagely, “Oh, yes, I go there all the time.” Somewhat remarkably for a vegan Ethiopian spot-in Bushwick, no less-Bunna Café is one of them. What’s more, Bunna is well, and rightly, loved.
Thai Farm Kitchen offers contemporary Thai dining that is authentic and traditional, prepared using the highest quality ingredients, organic produce and characterized by bold flavors and typical Thai “farm to table” serving style.
Here, ancient customs and future trends coexist, and the intricacies of African culture blend seamlessly together over an Ethiopian-brewed coffee, or a bowl of Senegalese black eyed pea stew and a side of spicy Ghanaian plantains.
Who doesn’t love jerk chicken and who doesn’t love the Chelsea Market? Ting’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a personal favorite when at the market! Open daily and serving oxtail, jerk salmon, beef & chicken patties, and of course their delicious rum banana bread pudding!
Our household is a major fan of Mexican food! We love enchiladas, fajitas, and so many more well known dishes! Casa Del Toro in Hell’s Kitchen has it all! A must off their menu is their chorizo fundido! They are open daily for delivery and takeout!
Located in the West Village Extra Virgin is a city favorite! Because of its absolutely gorgeous and totally charming location, I highly recommend Extra Virgin during these specific months of outdoor dining. Whether you indulge in their fun brunch items, gorgeous salads, or classic mains, you’ll leave wanting to come back for more!
New York pizza is an icon within itself! This no fuss pizza shop is a great business to support when on the go! Whether you want a classic NY style slice or a delicious Sicilian slice, Scarr’s has got it! They also offer a side of eggplant parm, which is one of my favorite dishes ever!
Negril is west Village favorite. Serving classic Jamaican dishes this is a great restaurant with a great upbeat vibe! I highly recommended for a birthday or when celebrating a milestone and wanting to gather with friends! They even offer their Rhum Lounge with dj’s and live music from Wednesdays-Sundays.
Jerk, Rum and Caribbean vibes. That is the very basis of the experience Negril BK intend to offer to each of their guests. Every dish & cocktail comes with authentic flavors accompanied by their chef’s culinary twist.
I bet this picture alone made you hungry! Gooey On The Inside, is just that! Ooey gooey cookies packed with flavor and fun! Cookie menu includes red velvet, smores, cuppa joe exotic (haha!), dunkaroo, and so many more! This makes a great gift idea for just about anyone in your life!
With just about everything she does, Chef Gillian Clark seeks perfection. Her crab cakes were good. She’d been making them for 15 years. But then on a trip hunting for old wooden boats she stumbled into a little crab shack in Rock Hall, Maryland. The Kent County delicacy of fresh super lump with not much else blew her mind and inspired her to create what folks have called The Best Crab Cakes on the Planet.
Mickey Cole is the founder of this pop-cultured ice cream shop, with locations in both the Lower East Side & Harlem! Mikey has created specific custom flavors for people like Hilary Clinton and Jay-Z, and has been featured on various tv shows. Ice cream menu includes both a dairy free and vegan option!
Whipped Urban Dessert Lab is women-owned award winning company that focuses on putting innovative spins on classic desserts. Each of our carefully crafted desserts are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.