A Foodie’s Guide to the Best Black-Owned Restaurants in NYC

As a (Black) foodie, I believe it’s important to support Black-owned businesses. However, just so you know, I’m not one of those people that will support black businesses “just because”. Every restaurant on this list is here not only because they are black-owned, but also because the restaurant offered something that made it worthy to be on my foodie list.

My journey through the Best Black-Owned Restaurants in NYC & Long Island is ongoing and started when I moved to NYC from Chicago almost 13 years ago. As such, this post will continuously be updated as I visit more places. Additionally, at some point, the Long Island spots will be a part of their own list but for now …… eat up and enjoy!

-Ash Renee

*Please note: This post was originally published on or about July 21, 2015, and has been updated throughout the years as some restaurants close and change ownership, etc. 

Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is an NYC Real Estate/Business Lawyer, Consultant, and Blogger. A New York transplant for the last 10 years, Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurants, fashion, and the black professional social scene. Ash was born and raised in Chicago.

  1. thanks Ash! I’ve been looking to find black owned restaurants or restaurants with black executive chefs and haven’t come across anything until now – this is super helpful when looking to support black business.

    1. All the restaurants on this list are places that I’ve either visited on my own or been invited to by the owner etc. I’ve never heard of Rustik Tavern.. maybe I will go check it out! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Thank you! I’ve been looking for a great American soul food restaurant,I need a variety and there are none in Flatbush that I know of. I see I have to hop on over to Harlem. It’s out of my way but if the food is good it’s always worth it

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