Black Owned Businesses to Support in NYC

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With social injustice reaching its breaking point, there have been people protesting all over the country over the unnecessary and abhorrent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black lives that have all mattered and will always matter. With the world in such disarray, many people have been wondering what they can do to help and make a difference. First and foremost, education is always key. For information relating to social injustice and the black lives matter movement, enter your name and email in the form below to get access to the free Black Lives Matter folder. In it, you’ll find a plethora of resources such as where to donate, petitions to sign, educational resources, and much more. Another way to help is by supporting black owned businesses.

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    We’ve hand selected the four black owned restaurants below because we love them. However, there are many more awesome spots so we’ve put together a map with all the black owned restaurants, bars, stores, and cafes in the city that we know of. If you know of any other black owned businesses to add to our map, comment their name and URL below and we’d be happy to add it! Share the map with friends using this link.

    RESTAURANTS

    SAFARI

    219 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026 | (646) 964-4252

    “In the heart of South Harlem, on the block commonly known as Le Petit Senegal, stands an East African gem. The surrounding neighborhood having French West African ties, Safari stands out as the only Somali restaurant in New York City. Safari invites each guest to experience true Somali cuisine through dishes bursting with flavor. With roots across Italy, India, and Arab countries each dish transports your tastes to East Africa. From customer favorites like the sambuza, a flaky thin dough shell with a savory filling of ground beef or chicken to the amply appetizing mango curry chicken or beef suqqar.” – Safari

    Visit their website here

    Photo by: Jason Smith
    Photo by: Jason Smith

    SYLVIA’S

    328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027 | (212) 996-0660

    “Sylvia’s Restaurant, the “The Queen of Soul Food”, was founded by Sylvia Woods, in 1962. Established in the historic village of Harlem, Sylvia’s is a community favorite, known as the world’s kitchen. Serving authentic soul food for over 55 years, this icon remains a culinary must-visit for foodies. Come visit for yourself, and experience why Presidents, celebrities, and Harlemites alike call Sylvia’s home.” – Sylvia’s

    Visit their website here

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    MELBA’S

    300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026 | (212) 864-7777

    “Melba’s Restaurant opened its doors in 2005 and has come to be regarded as the premier comfort food destination in New York City. The eponymous restaurant was the vision of founder, Melba Wilson. Being born, bred and buttered in Harlem, Melba knew she wanted to stay close to home so she could nurture and provide an exquisite yet comfortable dining experience to the community that raised her. It is the commitment to exceptional customer service, coupled with great food that make the standard of excellence that exists today. On any given day, you can find Melba greeting guests with hugs, her trademark smile and inquiring of her customers as to whether there is anything she can do to enhance their dining experience. After all, dining at Melba’s is like coming home for dinner, whenever you’re away from home.” – Melba’s

    Visit their website here

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    SEASONED VEGAN

    55 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY 10026 | (212) 222-0092

    Seasoned Vegan offers the comfort food you love, that’s been veganized! “We serve soul food, desserts, drinks, and spirits which are all 100% vegan & Kosher and organic whenever possible.” – Seasoned Vegan

    Visit their website here

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    Be sure to check out the above restaurants and all of these other black-owned businesses in NYC listed below. Supporting one another, especially black owned businesses, is so important and crucial during these trying times. We could all use a little extra love and kindness, along with delicious food and great products!

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