Show solidarity with the Black community by putting your money straight into Black-owned businesses. One incredibly important, tangible way to show up is by supporting Black-owned restaurants, which is why we’ve put together this list of NYC’s Black-owned restaurants, organized by borough and neighborhood.
This is not just a list of Black-owned restaurants we should all be supporting today, tomorrow, or next week. These are restaurants that we should be supporting always. Email us at email@example.com to let us know of restaurants that should be included on this list, and we’ll check them out as soon as we can.
Hopefully, this list is helpful. But the following sites have been compiling Black-owned business information for years: EatOkra, Black-Owned Brooklyn, Travel Noire, I Got Your Black, and Brunchnista.
Gypsy Rose Bistro: Gypsy Rose is an extensive space attached to a Holiday Inn Hotel with a selection of bar snacks like fried shrimp and wings, and mains like assiette du pêcheur and dibi lamb. You can also enjoy their $35-dollar prix-fixe weekend brunch among the greenery on their outdoor patio. Book a table here.
Tings Jamaican Jerk Chicken: Want to pick up some bread pudding, jerk chicken with rice and peas, and curry goat in Chelsea Market? That's what Tings is for. This counter-service spot is open noon to 8pm every day.
Awash: The meat sampler at Awash includes your choice of four Ethiopian dishes for $20, while the vegetable sampler includes your choice of five for the same price. But no matter which one you choose, you’ll get several rolls of fantastic injera bread with your order. This place is open every day but Monday, and you can find delivery options on their website.
Mikey Likes It East Village: This East Village ice cream spot is open every day, and it stays open extra late (until 1am) on weekends. Stop by for some flavors like Foxy Brown (mocha with caramel and chocolate wafers) and Pink Floyd (strawberry cheesecake). Check their Instagram for more information.
Brooklyn Chop House: Brooklyn Chop House has steak, pork chops, veal chops, and red velvet cake. They also serve an extravagant meal (called the LSD) that involves lobster, steak, and duck, which costs $495 and feeds 5-6. Find more info and make reservations (maybe for the LSD) on their website.
Accra: Accra is serving West African food in Central Harlem, and they're currently open for pickup and delivery Wednesday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm.
Avrilililly's: This bakery/gelateria just opened in Hamilton Heights with a floral theme, bright pink banquettes, and a ton of gelato. You can grab a scoop or a pint, or you can get your gelato in sandwich form. There are also a bunch of other treats available—like cookies and cupcakes—and you can get a full tour of the space here.
BLVD Bistro: For shrimp and grits or a burger, grab some food from BLVD. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday, with brunch on weekends, Happy Hour on weekdays, and DJ nights Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Chocolat: You can and should eat red velvet pancakes for dinner tonight (or brunch this weekend). That’s what Chocolat is for. This place is open for brunch and dinner every single day, with indoor and outdoor dining. Donate to Chocolat Harlem's Food Insecurity Community Relief Fund here.
The Edge Harlem: Open for brunch six days a week (and dinner most days), stop by The Edge Harlem for shrimp and grits, a jerk caesar salad, or fish and chips. (The menu is split into sections labeled New York, Jamaica, and England.) Learn more, place a delivery order, or make a reservation through their website.
Famous Fish Market: If all you need right now is some fried seafood and a pile of fries covered in ketchup and tartar sauce, go to Famous Fish Market. Swing by any day but Sunday.
Field Trip: For a one-bowl meal with anything from salmon and pineapple fried rice to brisket and chipotle black beans, order from Field Trip. Come here for a quick, casual lunch or dinner, or place an order directly through their website.
Harlem Hookah: In addition to hookah, Harlem Hookah does wings, sliders, fried Oreos, and plenty of cocktails. If you're looking for a fun late-night spot in the area, this place is open until 4am on weekends. Make a reservation here.
Kingston: Closed on Mondays, but open late (and until 2am on weekends) every other day, this fun Jamaican spot on 116th Street makes excellent, smoky jerk chicken.
Lady's Seafood & Soul Food: Things are casual at this East Harlem soul food restaurant, where you can order things like oxtails, fried shrimp, and jerk chicken wings. Stop by their location at 119th Street and 1st Avenue for breakfast starting at 8am or order dinner for pickup whenever you don’t feel like cooking.
Lighthouse Fish Market: Lighthouse serves all sorts of seafood from mussels and calamari to shrimp linguine and lobster fries. They're also open until 2am Thursday through Saturday, so consider dropping by for some late-night catfish.
Melba’s: You need some short ribs and fried chicken from Melba’s. Brunch is a great time to drop by, but dinner at this neighborhood staple is always pretty lively as well.
Mikey Likes It Harlem: The Harlem location of this popular ice cream spot has the same (late) hours as the East Village location. Come grab a scoop of triple-vanilla ice cream.
67 Orange Street: A restaurant/bar in Harlem, 67 Orange Street is walk-in only, and it's a great option for date night.
Ponty Bistro: The impressive food at Ponty Bistro is a mix of French, American, and West African, with everything from truffle mac and cheese to poulet yassa.
Seasoned Vegan: This vegan soul food spot is offering everything from plant-based crawfish and salted pecan chocolate chip cookies for takeout and delivery. Give them a call at 212-222-0092, or look at their site for delivery options. You can also check out Seasoned Vegan’s very own vegan grocery store.
Safari: Open Wednesday through Sunday, this Somali restaurant serves breakfast, sandwiches, and a bunch of other food like hilib ari and mango curry chicken.
Silvana: Silvana is owned by the same team as Yatenga, a French bistro that we love. Unlike their other restaurant, Silvana serves Middle Eastern food like chicken shawarma, sabich, and Israeli breakfasts. This is a great option in the South Harlem area, especially if you’re looking for something vegetable-focused.
Sisters’ Carribean Cuisine: Stop by this Caribbean spot for rotis, candied yams, and dishes like oxtail and curry goat. If you’re looking to stock your pantry, Sisters is also selling homemade pepper sauce.
Sylvia’s: A Harlem institution with some of the best catfish and fried chicken in the city, Sylvia’s is a must-visit. Come for brunch, and bring friends.
Teranga: Customize your own West African grain bowl at Teranga. This is one of our favorite spots for a casual meal in the city—although their location in The Africa Center is currently only open on Saturday and Sunday.
Tsion Cafe: This Ethiopian restaurant serves food with Israeli influence, and the back patio here is one of the most pleasant places to sit in the neighborhood. For takeout, place your order through their website.
Uptown Veg And Juice Bar: If you’re looking for juice, smoothies, and vegetarian food like soy chicken sandwiches and curry chickpeas, go to Uptown Veg. Call 212-987-2660 for pickup, or order delivery online.
Vinateria: Stop by Vinateria any day but Monday for rigatoni, meatballs, and salt cod croquettes. The food here is Spanish and Italian, and there's a daily Happy Hour that you should take advantage of.
FyahBun Creative: This casual Jamaican spot has a fun name, jerk chicken, beef patties, Jamaican sodas, and more. It has colorful indoor and outdoor spaces, and you should check out the sauces and seasonings for sale by the counter.
Jasmine’s Caribbean Cuisine: When you’re in Midtown and an overwhelming desire to eat Jamaican escovitch fish comes over you, check out Jasmine’s on West 46th Street. See the whole menu, place a delivery order, or make a reservation through their website.
Le Prive: Le Prive is a cozy French restaurant with small bistro tables, bar seating, and a back patio covered in red furniture. It’s a great spot to order moules frites and saucisse d’agneau on a low-key dinner date. Make reservations here.
Meske: You can find great Ethiopian food and generous vegetarian and meat combo plates at Meske. Their wine menu also includes some Ethiopian labels. Call them at (212) 399-1949 to order takeout or delivery.
Voilà Afrique: Voilà Afrique is a great stop for a quick vegan or Halal meal. You can choose from bases like coconut rice and plantain fufu to top with dishes like beef suya and egusi. Come for a to-go lunch the next time you're in Midtown, or order delivery here.
Upper West Side
Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar: This live-music venue and full-service soul food restaurant is owned by the songwriting couple behind "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," so you’ll see some of the best international acts on the lineup. They also have an enclosed garden, and celebrities have been known to stop by. Check out their Instagram to stay updated.
Bodega 88: Go eat some tacos, wings, and mofonguitos while you watch sports on TV at Bodega 88. (Happy Hour until 7pm on weekdays, FYI.)
Uptown Poke: Get a bowl of tuna or spicy salmon with seaweed and avocado, or build your poke bowl at Uptown Poke. This place also has burritos, salads, and smoothies—and you can order both takeout and delivery directly from their website.
Snooky’s Custom Cakes: When you make someone a cake for their birthday or graduation, it’s a very nice gesture—but it isn’t as impressive as a cake from Snooky’s Custom Cakes. Order directly from their website the next time you want some dessert shaped like a burger, a sneaker, a chess board, or a French bulldog. Check their Instagram for examples.
Massawa: Specializing in Ethiopian and Eritrean food, Masswa has been around for several decades, and they’re open from 11:30am-10pm daily.
Awash: Another neighborhood staple serving Ethiopian food, this Awash location is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Freda’s Caribbean & Soul Cuisine: Freda’s has jerk chicken, curry shrimp, oxtail, callaloo, and plenty of other things that you should be eating right now. Just call 917-409-3689 to place an order.
Casa Del Toro: Casa Del Toro is a Mexican restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen with a full menu of dishes like tostadas, carne asada, and croquetas. If you want to eat outdoors, try their back garden.
Fresh From Hell: Fresh from Hell has healthy options like acai bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, and smoothies, and they open at 7:30am every day.
Le Soleil: This Haitian spot in Hell’s Kitchen has been around for decades, and if you haven’t eaten there, you should. Call 646-684-3138 to place an order.
Queen Of Sheba: Another long-standing neighborhood spot, Queen Of Sheba is an Ethiopian restaurant where you can grab some gluten-free injera with your meal.
Lower East Side
Cheeky Sandwiches: Whether or not you’ve planned a trip to New Orleans, you can still grab shrimp and oyster po’ boys from this LES sandwich shop. They’ve also got a bunch of other Cajun-style dishes, so call (646)504-8132 or find them online.
Las' Lap: We'd like to be at Las' Lap right now. This bar has punch bowls, inventive cocktails, and a short food menu with stuff like macaroni pie and jerk chicken. Plan your next first date here, or drop by to get your weekend started.
Peppa’s: The original location of this Jamaican restaurant is in Brooklyn, but they recently opened a spot on Stanton Street with the same great menu of jerk chicken, festivals, and platters with braised oxtails over rice and peas.
Pig & Butter: In case your Saturday itinerary starts with “waffles” and ends with “a three-hour nap,” Pig & Butter on the Lower East Side will help you accomplish all of your goals. This diner-esque spot opened in 2021 on Ludlow Street with brunch served every day of the week.
Rebel Restaurant & Bar: This new-ish Haitian spot on the Lower East Side is a party restaurant in almost every sense of the word. There are strobe lights flashing, live bands playing on Wednesdays, and DJs Thursday through Sunday. Make sure to order the mussels in Rebel’s “secret sauce” plus some griot with fatty pieces of pork shoulder.
Whipped - Urban Dessert Lab: Whipped is a dessert shop selling oat milk-based soft serve Thursday through Sunday. They have a bunch of different sauces and toppings, as well as a nice selection of merch.
Berber Street Food: This pan-African cafe has mafe, vegan empanadas, and a whole lot more. Right now, they're only open Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. Check their website for delivery options, hours updates, and catering options.
Extra Virgin: The dishes at this West Village Mediterranean spot are tweaked to be unusual and delicious. Roasted artichokes are served with pancetta and hollandaise, the mushroom-crusted chicken comes with sweet pea risotto in truffle broth, and the fries have gorgonzola cheese sauce on the side. Order all of these things, along with a 32-ounce spicy margarita.
Red Bamboo: Vegan comfort food restaurant Red Bamboo turned 20 this year. Their large menu has a little bit of everything but mainly focuses on Asian and Southern-inspired dishes like meatless Szechuan beef and BBQ ribs.
Urban Vegan Kitchen: In addition to several veggie burgers, Urban Vegan Kitchen also has vegan wings, tacos, nachos, and a lot of different sandwiches. Make a reservation or place an order through their website.
Abu’s Homestyle Bakery: Abu’s Homestyle Bakery in Bed-Stuy is famous for their navy bean pie. If you’re new to navy bean pie world, the bean pie is considered the only Black-American Muslim food in existence, and Abu’s Homestyle Bakery is one of the few places in the city that sells them. They also sell sweet potato pie, pecan pie, and a coconut custard pie, as well as a ton of sweet merch. Place your order here.
Basquiat’s Bottle: Basquiat’s Bottle is a restaurant, cocktail bar, and event space in Bed-Stuy that throws big parties. Stay connected with this Fulton Street spot on Instagram for announcements about future events.
Bed-Stuy Fish Fry: The Halsey Street location of this soul food spot is open until midnight on weekends (and until 11pm every other day). Come get yourself some jerk shrimp and macaroni and cheese.
Bed-Vyne Brew: This Tompkins Avenue beer bar has a small front porch and a cozy indoor space where you can catch the occasional DJ set. Stop by with a date or a few fellow beer nerds.
Brooklyn Beso: From events like an outdoor Sip n’ Paint to a Pizza and Beer Night with a live DJ, Brooklyn Beso is a fun place to go when you just want to get out house. Make a reservation, and come by for a lobster roll and a frozen margarita.
BKLYN Blend: This Bed-Stuy juice bar and cafe has a huge menu of breakfast and lunch options like salmon frittatas, Jamaican patties, and tuna steak sandwiches. Try all of these things on their outdoor patio.
Dept. of Culture: This fantastic Bed-Stuy restaurant serves a rotating $75 prix-fixe meal inspired by the owner’s upbringing in the Nigerian state of Kwara. Coming here feels like attending a friend’s dinner party, partly because the space can only fit about 15 people (most of whom share a communal table up front). Make a reservation through their website.
Grandchamps: Grandchamps is a counter-service Haitian restaurant where you’ll find dishes like legim, griot, and fried fish every day from 11am to 9pm. Check their website for takeout options, or drop by for a great, casual meal.
IV Purpose: This sports bar and restaurant has a daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 6pm and a food menu full of stuff like a hot chicken sandwich and oxtail sliders.
Ma-n-Pop: For soul food dishes like shrimp and grits, corn beef hash, and fried whiting fish, go to Ma-n-Pop. This charming Bed-Stuy spot is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Milk and Pull: You can pick up coffee at this Bed-Stuy location of Milk and Pull until 5pm daily. They also have bagels, sandwiches, and pastries.
Peaches: If you’ve never had shrimp and grits from Peaches, you should change that as soon as possible. And if you have, order it again, or try the fried catfish with a side of mac and cheese. Study the full menu here. There will be a test.
Rustik Tavern: Rustik Tavern is offering comfort food and cocktails for indoor dining, outdoor patio dining, and takeout. To book a reservation or check out their full menu, head to their website or by call (347)406-9700.
Secret Garden: Secret Garden is a restaurant and juice bar where you can grab vegan dishes like a bacon cheeseburger, herbal medicines, and drinks like iced honey ginger matcha or rose milk tea. They’re open for outdoor dining and takeout from 12pm to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Shipwrecked Seafood Boutique: On weekdays from 11am to 7pm, you can order a platter of fried seafood or a fish sandwich here. This place is also open on weekends, when they close a little earlier. Check their Instagram for updates and photos of fish.
Sincerely Tommy: In addition to selling beaded coin purses and zebra bucket hats, Sincerely Tommy has coffee and pastries like almond croissants and cheddar chive biscuits, plus a few gluten-free options. Follow them on IG to see the latest merch.
The Southern Comfort: The Southern Comfort in Bed-Stuy makes Southern classics like catfish with cajun spices, fried shrimp, and po’boys.
Spudz: Spudz specializes in fries topped with everything from steak and bacon to caramel sauce, chicken tenders, and a bunch of other things that, honestly, you should be eating on top of fries right now. Check their Instagram if you want to stare at pictures of fries.
Zaca Cafe: In addition to serving daily brunch, this French-American restaurant has a ton of salads, smoothies, and market plates with things like salmon, hanger steak, and chicken skewers.
Brooklyn Barista: This cafe near the Halsey L subway stop has bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee available every day until 4pm.
Bunna Cafe: “The Feast” at Bunna Cafe includes your choice of seven Ethiopian dishes plus rolls of fantastic injera. This place is closed on Tuesdays, but you can stop by any other day (and you can find delivery options here).
Milk and Pull: Pick up coffee at this Milk and Pull location any day from 8am to 3pm.
Sol Sips: Sol Sips is an excellent vegan Caribbean cafe on Knickerbocker Avenue that offers jerk paninis, mac and cheese, and plant-based patties. Read our interview with the restaurant’s owner here, and stop by for lunch or dinner from 1 to 8pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Bed-Stuy Fish Fry: The Fulton Street location of this Soul Food spot is open from 11am-11pm daily, and it stays open an hour later on weekends. Come get yourself some salmon cakes and whiting.
Sisters: Skirt steak, burrata, and an egg sandwich are just a few of the items you'll find at Sisters, one of the most charming neighborhood restaurant/bars in NYC. Come for brunch, dinner, or drinks with a date.
Footprints Cafe: This classic Caribbean spot a block from the beach in Coney Island serves stuff like coconut shrimp, codfish cakes, and curried goat. Consider joining their Birthday Club. It couldn't hurt.
Bed-Stuy Fish Fry: Yes, Bed-Stuy Fish Fry also has a Nostrand Avenue location. Please, come get some jerk shrimp and macaroni and cheese.
Bleu Fin Bar & Grill: Whether you’re just in the mood for freshly squeezed orange juice and a shrimp salad, or you want rum punch and an entire seafood boil, Bleu Fin Bar has you covered.
Black Nile: You could make an entire meal out of Blue Nile’s loaded fries topped with shrimp, crab meat, and Cajun cheese sauce. Or you could share them with one or four people, and try more of the menu at this seafood-focused soul food spot.
Brooklyn Suya: This Nigerian fast-casual spot is offering its build-your-own Suya bowls every day from 12pm to 10pm. When they ask what spice level you’d like, know that even the mild option is pretty intense.
Cafe Rue Dix: Come to Cafe Rue Dix for French-Senegalese food, cocktails, and bottles of their excellent hot sauce any day of the week.
Coffee Spot: Stumptown cold brew and apple crumb muffins would be reason enough to head to this cafe on Classon Avenue, but they also serve King David breakfast tacos, which are some of our favorites in the city. Follow this place on IG. It'll be a nice addition to your feed.
The Crabby Shack: As its name would suggest, most things on the menu here come with crab, including a crab grilled cheese and a “Clobster Roll” that’s half crab and half lobster. If that's what you're looking for (it should be), order here.
Daughter: What started as a Kickstarter campaign is now a full-blown cafe. In addition to serving pastries in the morning and wine and snacks at night, Daughter dedicates much of its energy to community-driven initiatives. They share free meals with individuals in need every day between 4-5pm, and donate 10% of their monthly profits to non-profits. Starting in mid February 2022, you can also stop by their second annex location inside of a barbershop in Williamsburg from Wednesday through Sunday.
Greedi Vegan: For vegan food like mushroom po’ boys, nachos, and jerk bowls in the Crown Heights area, check out this counter-service spot on Bergen Street.
Island Pops: A Caribbean-inspired ice cream shop on Nostrand Ave, Island Pops has soursop ice cream, sorrel rum sorbet, and a bunch of different popsicle flavors. Check out their website for ordering options.
Peppa’s Jerk Chicken: Open daily for lunch and dinner, this counter-service spot serves some exceptional jerk chicken (and a few other dishes). Make sure to add a few festivals to your order.
Tropical House Baking Co: Tropical House makes Jamaican specialties like sugar buns, coconut drops, and a beef patty covered with cheese served on coco bread. Drop in any day but Sunday for some quick takeout.
The Soul Spot: If you’re looking for Caribbean soul food in the Boreum Hill area, check out The Soul Spot. This neighborhood favorite has been around for over 15 years, and you should stop by to find out why.
Aunts Et Uncles: This Flatbush vegan spot opened in early 2021 serving plant-based sandwiches, burgers, and brunch. Come hang out with some mofongo or a breakfast sandwich.
Footprints Cafe: Another location of the Caribbean spot, this one is open until 3am on weekends, should you need some oxtail or rotisserie chicken after midnight.
Jen’s Roti Shop: The next time you decide you don’t want to leave your couch in Flatbush, consider getting delivery from Jen’s Roti Shop. You can also stop by (starting at 7am) for stuff like curry chicken roti, oxtail buss up, and doubles.
Linda’s Bakery: This Guyanese bakery serves everything from white pudding to flaky roti and dhal puri. Just know that there might be a line when you get here. (That's usually a good sign.)
Zurilee: The owners of Mangoseed also run a wood-fired pizza place in Flatbush, where toppings include things you very much would like to eat, like jerk chicken and oxtail.
Move With Grace: The juice bar at this yoga and pilates studio is offering healthy smoothies and protein shakes for delivery and takeout Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30am-4:30pm.
Peaches Hothouse: A sister restaurant of Peaches, Hothouse offers a small menu centered around friend chicken. You can get it regular, hot, or extra hot.
Bleachers Sports Bar: The next time you want to catch a game, do so with some buffalo wings and a burger at Bleachers.
Charm Bar & Restaurant: If you’re looking for a Black-owned restaurant to support near the Barclays Center (and looking to support your passion for guava-glazed wings), try this Caribbean place on Dean Street. It's open until 11pm daily.
Negril Brooklyn: Looking for brunch? Come to Negril, and maybe get a mimosa champagne tower to go with your ackee and saltfish. Alternatively, drop by for dinner any day but Monday and grab some curry goat and frozen rum punch.
333 Lounge: 333 Lounge is open late every day but Monday, with brunch on weekends and special events like Happy Hour and karaoke. Stop by for a po' boy and some rum punch, and follow them on IG see what's coming up.
BierWax: If you spend a good chunk of your time in Prospect Heights, you’ve probably passed by this beer bar and vinyl record shop on Vanderbilt Ave. But even if you haven’t, you should know that they’ve got beer, cocktails, bar food, and consistently great music.
Cheryl’s Global Soul: From tonkatsu and chili to bacon cheeseburgers, Cheryl’s Global Soul offers comfort food from around the world. Call (347)529-2855 to place an order for pickup or delivery.
Kombit Bar & Restaurant: Kombit opened in 2004, and they’re still serving Haitian-inspired food like akra, griot, and Kreyol shrimp.
Morgan’s BBQ: Instead of choosing between the various smoked meats at this BBQ spot, just order “The Holy Trinity” that includes brisket, pork ribs, and house-smoked sausage. You will, however, need to choose how many orders of delicious cornbread and mac and cheese to get on the side.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Allan’s Bakery: Allan’s Bakery is one of a few local places in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that ships nationwide. So if your relatives are missing you these days (and you’re successfully missing them back), order them a box of coconut rolls or codfish patties from this Caribbean-owned bakery. They’ve been in business for over 60 years, which is reason enough to pay them a visit.
Conrad’s Bakery: When you go to Conrad’s on Church Avenue, pay attention to the freshly-baked bread with a soft fluffy interior you could easily use as a mattress. Get a bake and some codfish to go, and you’ll be set for whatever day lies ahead of you.
Creme and Cocoa Creamery: Ice cream and sorbet flavors like rum punch, strawberry guava moscato, hibiscus, and mimosa are all things you’ll find at this Caribbean frozen dessert shop in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. You can pick up a pint from 3 to 8pm, Friday through Sunday.
DaleView Biscuits & Beer: DaleView specializes in gluten-free biscuits, and they also have fried chicken, waffles, sandwiches, and cocktails. Follow them on IG to see weekly events, and check out DaleView’s website for merch.
De Hot Pot: This Trinidadian counter-service spot serves doubles that are mildly sweet, a little spicy, and less than $2 each. If you want something bigger, go for a roti stuffed with oxtail or goat. De Hot Pot is perfect for a quick lunch or a takeout dinner you can eat on your couch—just keep in mind that it’s cash-only.
Errol’s Carribean Bakery: In addition to large-scale catering projects, Errol’s on Flatbush Avenue sells callaloo, beef patties, and sweet and flaky coconut rolls that deserve all of your attention.
Hibiscus Brew: If you’re looking for a ginger shot, green smoothie, or acai bowl that will make you feel good about your life choices, try this Black-owned cafe right off of Prospect Park. Place an order online here.
Honey Badger: Honey Badger is a tiny, experimental restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with a secret menu that changes every single day. Want to try something you've probably never had before? Book a special night out here.
Lips Cafe: Lips Cafe isn’t just a Caribbean-inspired coffee shop and restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. It’s also a community arts space with gallery openings and artwork for sale. Check their IG to see what's going on.
Pam’s Bakery and Cake Decorating Center: This Guyanese bakery makes everything from fudge and pineapple-filled tarts to cheese rolls and spiced beef patties.
Rain Eatery: If you’re looking for vegan or gluten-free options in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area, check out this Trinidadian-inspired cafe with everything from whole cheesecakes to whole fish (OK, the menu isn’t all vegan).
The Rogers Garden: The patio behind this rum bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is too massive to qualify as a secret, but it’s possible you don’t know about this place since it only opened during the summer of 2020. There’s a huge fenced-in area with lawn chairs, turf, and murals galore, and tons of special programming beyond the cocktails and snacks on the menu.
& Sons: & Sons offers various types of country ham, a bunch of different cheeses, and some small plates like duck liver terrine. They also have wine, because wine goes well with all of those things. Stop by Thursday through Sunday.
Jam’It Bistro: Jam’It Bistro is a Black woman-owned Jamaican spot in Red Hook where you can order things like jerk chicken with mac and cheese and mixed greens This place is open every day, and you can head to their website to make a reservation or place an order.
Action Burger: From a ton of different burgers to an ice cream sandwich made with deep-fried waffles, try Action Burger. The menu here is massive menu, and you can swing by, play some video games, and get a huge margarita in a big glowing tower.
Kokomo: Kokomo is a Caribbean spot in Williamsburg where you can get pasta, shrimp tacos, and flatbreads topped with things like jerk chicken and oxtail. This Black-owned restaurant opened somewhat recently, and it's already a neighborhood favorite—so expect a crowd.
Rayon’s Jamaican and International Restaurant: Rayon’s Jamaican & International Restaurant is adorned with Island nation flags and colors. You’ll find oxtail spaghetti, jerk salmon, escovitch fish, and more for dine-in, delivery, and takeout. Order online here.
Sweet Science: The mac and cheese at this American spot in East Williamsburg is made with four types of cheese, bacon, and jalapenños. It should be part of your order, along with a burger and a Hennycolada. This place is open every day but Tuesday, with brunch on weekends.
Taste Of Heaven: This soul food spot in East Williamsburg is offering dishes like salmon, oxtail, BBQ ribs and macaroni salad.
Elmhurst, Astoria, Long Island City
Branch Patty: This delivery-only Caribbean restaurant is making trips to the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn with truckloads of their Jamaican and Haitian patties. Each one is filled with things like curried butternut squash and chickpeas and if you check out their Instagram, you can find more information or place an order.
Jamaica Breeze: The next time you get a craving for jerk chicken, oxtails, curry goat, or a bottle of Ting, come to this Elmhurst spot, open daily.
Melting Pot Cuisine: Melting Pot in Astoria has everything from curry chicken and roti to beef patties and carrot cake.
Nneji: Nneji is a Nigerian grocery store and takeout spot serving a menu of classics like jollof rice, okra and spinach, and egusi soup. The chef/owner, Beatrice Ajaero, also operates a West African food and gift stall at the Roosevelt Farmers Market called Ibari, and you can read all about Ajaero’s mission to share West African culture with NYC here.
Snowdonia: This Welsh gastropub offers dishes like stuffies, rarebit, and glamorgans, plus soul food staples like crispy cod and shrimp po’ boys. They also host comedy and live music. You can see what are events are coming up on their IG.
Zoe’s Place: Whether you’re looking for a basket of something fried or an extra-large dessert cup of banana pudding, Zoe’s Place in Long Island City has you covered.
Forest Hills, Glendale, Ridgewood
Milk and Pull: You can come get coffee or breakfast at this Milk and Pull location from 7am-3pm Monday through Thursday and 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday.
King’s Juice Bar: This neighborhood shop has juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and other healthy options.
Cafe Moca: For coffee or vegetarian and vegan breakfast dishes like BECs and BLTs with plant-based bacon, stop by Moca Cafe from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday (and 10am to 2pm on Sunday).
Laurelton & Rosedale
Henrica’s: For Jamaican and Chinese-influenced dishes like jerk chicken fried rice, check out this Rosedale spot.
Percey’s Jerk Hut: Percey’s in Laurelton makes Jamaican jerk chicken, as well as curry goat, jerk pork, and oxtail. They have combination platters where you can get rice, plantains, vegetables, and your choice of any two meats for around $10.
Breeze’s Island Grill: Check out Breeze’s when you’re interested in eating Caribbean seafood dishes like mango jerk salmon, crab legs, lobster mac and cheese, or jerk shrimp. Make your reservation right here.
Frederick’s Soul Hole Soul Restaurant: This soul food spot in Rosedale is offering fish and shrimp dinners, fried catfish sandwiches, candied yams, mac and cheese, and so much more. Follow them on IG to see pictures of food that you probably want to eat right now.
Southern Girls Soul Food Restaurant: This Queens spot has soul food staples like ribs, fried catfish and grits, and BBQ chicken. Stop by for a quick takeout meal.
Forever Jerk: This Jamaican spot has a bunch of jerk seafood, vegetarian options, and meat dishes available Sunday through Wednesday from 8am to 10pm and Thursday through Saturday from 8am to midnight.
Whipped Treats: Fresh juices, smoothies, and Jamaican snacks like vegan ackee patties are available at Whipped Treats. Call (516) 284-6645, or stop by in-person to place your order.
South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, St. Albans & Jamaica
Africana Restaurant: Order some steamed fish, beef stew, or spinach and yam ball with jollof rice from this Nigerian spot in Jamaica.
Country Life Jerk: Country Life Jerk in Jamaica serves breakfast stews, jerk chicken, oxtail, soups, and seafood. They're open at 11am every day.
The Door: The Door, a Jamaican restaurant that’s been in the neighborhood for a long time, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can drop by starting at 8am every day.
G’s Restaurant and Bakery: For Jamaican dishes like a plate of oxtail with rice and peas or peanut punch in Ozone Park, try G’s for breakfast or lunch.
Heat Caribbean Kitchen: In Ozone Park, Heat Caribbean Kitchen serves classic Caribbean dishes as well as spinoffs like jerk chicken ramen, fried rice, and chow mein.
Ky Takeout Haitian: If you’re looking for Haitian food near Jamaica, come grab some takeout from this spot near Jamaica Coliseum Mall, and be sure to add a few pieces of accra to your order.
Jamaican Flavors: All six locations of Jamaican Flavors across Long Island and Queens are open serving stuff like beef patties, stew chicken, and festivals.
Maxine On The Boulevard: This Caribbean spot in Saint Albans is offers an extensive menu with fish and chips, jerk chicken, and big family dinner specials.
MumsKitchens NYC: MumsKitchens NYC has been selling Caribbean baked goods like codfish balls, chocolate coconut brownies, and zucchini raisin bread at food festivals across the city for years. Shop their baked goods (or get a catering order) here.
Smoke BBQ Pit: Smoked meats are the specialty at this BBQ spot in Jamaica, Queens, which is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery every day from 11am to 11pm.
Veggie Castle: The South Richmond Hill location of this vegan restaurant is open starting at 9:30am every day, serving things like jackfruit burgers and vegan chopped cheese sandwiches.
Vibes Bar & Restaurant: This Caribbean bar serves seafood and soul food like catfish, grits, wings, and fried whiting. Call 718-262-0433 to place an order.
Bernadette’s Rockaway: Plan a trip to this breakfast and brunch restaurant not far from Rockaway Beach Park. The duck confit hash and buffalo chicken sandwich are popular choices, and they also have fun artisanal donuts. The cozy nautical-themed space is open Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm, and 9am-4pm on the weekends. Keep up with their donut selections and menu items on their Instagram.
Fish N’ Ting: This Eastchester spot has rum punch, rotating grilled fish specials, and homemade carrot juice. You can call (718)881-6116 or go online to place an order.
Fouta: Fouta is a Halal Senagelese restaurant with staples like dibi, jolof, and mafe. Order some bissap–the national drink of Senegal–with your meal.
Frank’s Soup Bowl: In addition to Jamaican dishes like goat soup with yam and green banana, Frank’s Soup Bowl has curry goat, oxtail, and jerk chicken. Call (718)519-9277 to place an order.
Paula’s Soul Food: Paula’s Soul Food is open every day, offering stuff like seafood boil bags with snow crab legs and lobster, chicken dinners that come with two sides, and enough cake to make you want to order two different kinds. You can check out the website here to place an order.
Juices For Life: Both the E. Tremont Avenue and Castle Hill Avenue locations of this juice shop are open serving healthy drinks like wheatgrass shots, protein shakes, and, of course, juice.
Taste So Good (Make You Wanna Smack Your Mama): This Soundview Caribbean and American spot is open every day, serving dishes like jerk salmon, oxtail pasta, and fried chicken platters. Check out their Instagram page here for updates, and place your order online.
Yulonda’s Edible Sensations:This 168th-Street-based caterer will send you sweets like banana pudding cookies, sweet potato marshmallow bars, and rum-infused cupcakes. You can see all of the options here and stay updated on their Facebook page here.
Balimaya: For West African takeout in Mott Haven, come to Balimaya for their menu of fried fish with attieke and jollof rice with goat. You can also call (718)401-1122 to place an order.
Sam’s Soul Food: This Southern spot in the South Bronx has dishes like ribs and fried shrimp, and they're open every day (with late hours for their bar on weekends).
Flava’s International Grill: Flava’s International Grill has a bunch of combo platters for around $15, as well as smoothies and homemade punch.
Bricks & Hops Beer Garden: This Mott Haven beer garden serves wings, burgers, nachos, and more. Swing by for Happy Hour on weekdays, or come have brunch in the backyard.
Bognan: This West African restaurant in Morrisania is one the only places in the city that specializes in Togolese food (as well as Ghanian dishes). You can come here any day of the week for dishes like peanut butter soup and fried plantains with beans and fish.
Papaye Restaurant: Both the Fordham Heights and Concourse locations of this Ghanian restaurant serve fufuo, jollof rice, and boiled yam with palava. Call (718)676-0771 for Fordham Heights and (718)681-3240 for Concourse.
Staten Island Fish & More: For fish and shrimp combos, oxtails, and jerk chicken, try this casual spot on Victory Boulevard.
Koten’s Restaurant: Stop by this Caribbean spot in Port Richmond for live music, chicken curry with roti, carrot cake, and oxtail pasta. For takeout, call (929)364-1273 or go online to place your order.
Tri Lounge & Cafe: Tri Lounge on Staten Island has a massive outdoor patio where you can sit and enjoy some of their vegetarian food like a "chicken" parm sandwich and cauliflower wings.
Blaze Jamaican : If you’re looking to eat a festival, some rasta pasta, and curry chicken on Staten Island, try Blaze Jamaican, open every day but Sunday.
But-A-Cake: This is an online hemp-infused bakery offering things like butter cake, chocolate-covered white cheddar popcorn, and savory food like vegan quinoa tacos. Follow their Instagram for new menu items.
Carolyn’s Soul Food: Wednesday through Sunday, you can come to this spot for turkey wings, collard greens, pork chops, and more.
Champs Chicken & Waffles: Along with a bunch of different varieties of chicken and waffles, this all-day spot in McGinley Square also offers sandwiches using waffles as buns—and all of their meat is Halal.
Freetown Road Project: Freetown Road Project serves West Indian-inspired dishes like codfish fritters with scotch bonnet remoulade. They're open every day but Monday and Tuesday, and you can check out the full menu (and book a private cooking class) here.
The Grind Shop: This coffee shop in Bergen-Lafayette is open from 8am-3pm daily. Drop by for some very good coffee and pastries.
Harry’s Daughter: Starting at 2pm most days (4pm on Mondays), this Caribbean spot in Bergen-Lafayette offers things like braised oxtails with pumpkin rice and large format frozen cocktails.
Light Rail Cafe: Until 11:30pm on weekdays and 12:30am on weekends, you can order buffalo wings, cheesesteak sandwiches, and other delicious, filling American dishes from Light Rail Cafe. Come here to drink some cocktails and watch a game on TV sometime.
Vibez Juice Bar: This vegan cafe in The Heights has green juices, fruit smoothies, pastries, and more. Come by Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.