19 Black-Owned NYC Restaurants To Order From On Caviar
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One way to show solidarity with the Black community is to put your money straight into Black-owned businesses - or more specifically, ordering food from Black-owned restaurants in NYC. We’ve put together this list of Black-owned restaurants currently open for takeout and delivery through Caviar.
There are several ways to approach a meal at Bunna, but your easiest and best route is The Feast: a giant plate of dishes like misir wot (spicy red lentils), gomen (garlic collard greens), shiro (gingery split pea curry), and kale salad with avocado (because we’re still in Brooklyn). All of this comes with a giant pile of injera, perfect for scooping. If you want even more food, the appetizers are also great, and you can add extra orders of any of the dishes a la carte.
Usually, Parkside is a great place to drink cocktails until you work up an appetite for some pizza, or to eat pizza until you feel like another cocktail. The fact that they’re offering takeout and delivery means you can still take part in that cycle, even if it’s in your apartment.
Typically, Sisters is perfect for a first date, because it’s the kind of place where you can either eat a full meal or drink a few cocktails while you listen to your date talk about the healing properties of dog ownership. But if you’re still unsure about going into a restaurant, you can order a burger, a fried chicken sandwich, and a bottle of rosé for pickup or delivery.
Asking for extra Senegalese hot sauce on your chicken sandwich from Cafe Rue Dix will elevate the meal from a straightforward ciabatta sub to something special that you could only find at this Crown Heights spot. No offense to the red peppers, avocado, lettuce, or tomato, which all play important roles as well. If you’re someone who likes to keep it mild, go with one of the burgers instead.
If we had a guide to The Best Places For A One-Bowl Meal In NYC, Teranga would top the list. This uptown spot makes affordable West African-inspired grain bowls, and while we’re partial to their joloff bowl with salmon and black eyed peas, you can always just mix and match ingredients to make whatever you want. Just be sure to get the fried plantains.
Grandchamps is a Haitian restaurant in Bed-Stuy that’s great for something quick and easy. We especially like the Haitian fried pork with rice, beans, and plantains, but the burger and the Haitian fried chicken are also excellent. No matter what you decide to get, be sure to add a side of pikliz to your order.
This Ethiopian spot between Park Slope and Gowanus is ideal if you have dietary restrictions and aren’t just avoiding cheese for reasons of the heart. You’ll find lots of meat-free options like misir wett and gomen, as well as engoudaye tibs - a vegetarian take on tibs made with mushrooms.
Generally speaking, fast-casual bowls are about as exciting as the transcript of a filibuster. But the Nigerian food at Brooklyn Suya is different. Every bowl at this tiny spot on Franklin Avenue comes with your choice of protein (we like steak or shrimp), a rice or kale base, add-ons (plantains are essential), and spice level. You should know that even the mild level is intense, and will temporarily claim your mouth as its own.
This Coney Island spot serves excellent Caribbean dishes like BBQ glazed shrimp, curry goat, and oxtail. You can also get one of their platters which come with wings, tenders, shrimp, and more - all available for takeout and delivery.
This self-proclaimed “neighborhood ham bar” wasn’t open for long before the city shut down and eating in restaurants became a fond and somewhat painful memory. So there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never been to this Prospect Lefferts Gardens spot. Fortunately, you can still order some charcuterie, cheese, and craft beer for your next indoor date night through their retail spin-off, & Sons Buttery.
Berber Street Food is a pan-African spot in the West Village where you could eat completely different things every day of the week, by rotating rice choices between turmeric, djolof stir-fried, and daily specials, while topping them with things like jerk chicken, vegetable coconut curry, or spicy tomato sauce with jackfruit.
Most of The Bun Hut’s menu incorporates Jamaican, West Indian, and Bahamian dishes, like sticky jerk chicken, braised curry goat, and coconut shrimp. But the difference between Bun Hut and your neighborhood jerk chicken spot is that you can try nearly everything in the form of a steamed bao or a massive roti. The only downside about ordering from this LES spot is that the Bahamian rum pound cake (unfortunately) will not arrive at your doorstep with its usual side of rum.
Artichokes, roast chicken, and fries might not sound like the makings of a memorable dinner at home. But like most of the menu at this West Village Mediterranean spot, the simple-sounding dishes are tweaked to be unusual and delicious. The artichoke is served with pancetta and hollandaise, the mushroom-crusted chicken is served with sweet pea risotto in truffle broth, and the fries come with gorgonzola cheese sauce.
This cocktail bar on Frederick Douglass Boulevard also has solid food like crispy chicken sliders, lobster mac and cheese, and steak frites with chimichurri.
Sugar Hil Creamery has some of the best ice cream in the city. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors, but our favorites are peach cobbler, blueberry cheesecake, or strawberry ice cream with basil and lemon curds, all available for takeout and delivery.
Technically, we aren’t doctors or nutritionists, but we’re pretty sure the vegetable combo at Tsion Cafe, an Ethiopian restaurant in Harlem, has every vitamin and mineral you need to continue functioning as a human being. It comes with lentils, beets, sauteed greens, a yellow chickpea stew, and a few other things, all on a big piece of injera. There are plenty of other options here, from salmon to shakshuka, and you can order it all for takeout or delivery.
Ponty Bistro is a mix of several things. It’s part Mediterranean, part African, and - with stuff like a lobster BLT and truffle mac & cheese - part Midtown-at-lunchtime American. It’s an interesting blend, and you probably won’t find escargot, kale salad, and Senegalese steak together at any other restaurant.
Kingston is a casual Jamaican spot with colorful portraits of Bob Marley on the walls and lots of rum cocktails. The food, like curry goat and braised oxtail, is all really good - but the jerk chicken especially stands out. Instead of a dry rub, it’s covered in a vinegar-y sauce and stays nice and juicy.
Makina Cafe serves Habesha food, which implies both Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine. Their menu consists of a variety of bowls and our favorites are the beef tibs or the vegetable combo. No matter which bowl you pick, get the injera as your base. Makina’s injera is heavily fermented, sour, and you’re inevitably going to want more of it to sop up your gomen and miser.