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We’ve rounded up for you a few appetizing Black-Owned businesses pulled from our NYC Hospitality Resource; in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and in support of the Black Community, and Black-Owned businesses in the hospitality industry, now and always! Read on below to learn more about each owner and their restaurant, bar, cafe, or bakery! We loved learning a bit about the history, menu items, and those at the helm of these establishments. Let us know in the comments below if you spot any favorites, and tag us on social media if you try any listed below, for the first or even tenth time!
🥗Reverence (West Harlem)
Owner: Chef Russell Jackson
Special: Weekly 3-course BentoBox of curated wines, non-alcoholic beverages, organic vegetables, and grocer boxes for healthy living.
Frontline Worker Program: “Pay It Forward” Buy a Bento Box and donate one to an essential worker.
Did You Know? Located on Striver’s Row, Reverence is the first ‘Fine Dining’ African American Chef-Owned restaurant since Patrick Clark in 1988.
Other Ways to Support! Purchase a gift card
🍤BKLYN Blend (Bed-Stuy)
Co-owners: Father and son Ralph Warren (not pictured) and Keishon Warren, Chef Ed Cooper, Ali Coutard
Seasonal Drink Special: Fort Greene Park Smoothie. Made with watermelon, cantaloupe, mint, lemon, and agave.
Merch: Eco-friendly BKLYN Blend Stojo collapsible cup (in-store)
Did You Know? BKLYN Blend was designed and constructed with reclaimed wood and materials sourced from parts of Brooklyn, including the Coney Island boardwalk, and demolished buildings neighboring Bed-Stuy.
Other Ways to Support! Donate to Frontline Workers Program
🥕The Nourish Spot (Jamaica)
Owner: Dawn Kelly
Specials: Wrap and Smoothie Combo and Immune Shot Flight: Choose from apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, turmeric, or wheatgrass.
Did You Know? Once learning the name of the business previously in the same space, DK Upholstery, Dawn knew it was meant to be! DK, Dawn’s initials, and the word Upholstery, ‘to be made over’, were the signs Dawn needed to launch The Nourish Spot.
Other ways to Support! Purchase a gift card (in-store)
🌿Ras Plant-Based (Crown Heights)
Special: Vegan Sampler.Choice of injera or rice with sides of Fasolia (green beans and carrots), Gomen (collard greens), Yatakilt Alicha (cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper), Shiro (chickpeas stew), and Misir Wat (spicy red lentils).
Did You Know? Milka was Romeo’s boss 7 years ago, where she trained him at her mom’s restaurant. She stole his heart, and they got married 6 months later.
Other Ways to Support! Purchase a gift card
🍰Make My Cake (Upper West Side)
Co-owners: Chef Aliyyah Baylor and her mother Ms. JoAnn
Did You Know? Chef Aliyyah Baylor has baked cakes for a slew of celebrities, including Tina Fey and Jay-Z. She also sits on the board of City Meals-on-Wheels and Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle.
☕Tsion Cafe (Hamilton Heights)
Owner: Chef Beejhy Barhany
Lunch Special: Doro Tibs (sauteed chicken) or Vegetarian Sides with Jollof Rice.
Merch: Tsion’s Awaze Authentic Ethiopian Hot Sauce
Did You Know? Tsion used to be the location of Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, where Redd Foxx, Malcolm X, and Charlie Parker Jr. once worked, while Art Tatum and Billie Holiday entertained diners.
Other ways to Support! Purchase a gift card
🍗The Soul Spot (Boerum Hill)
Co-owners: Chef Yaya Ceesay and Banumu Turay
Did You Know? The Soul Spot started off strictly serving southern soul food, but later incorporated Caribbean dishes due to high demand, and West African cuisines on the catering menu, as both owners are originally from The Gambia.
Other Ways to Support: Purchase a gift card (in-store)
🍝Vinateria (Morningside Heights)
Owner: Yvette Leeper-Bueno
Did You Know? Just a few blocks away, Yvette’s parents met on the streets of Harlem in the 1960s. Today Faye Leeper, Yvette’s mother, helps to run the restaurant and welcomes guests several nights a week, with that classic Harlem sense of community.
Other ways to Support: Purchase a gift card
🦞Brooklyn Chop House (Financial District)
Co-owners: Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins and Tech Entrepreneur Dave Thomas (not pictured)
Special: “L.S.D.” Surf & Turf combination of Salt & Pepper Lobster, Ginger & Garlic Lobster, Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak, and Authentic Peking Duck! (on caviar)
Frontline Worker Program: Nightly food deliveries of their most popular dishes to neighborhood hospital staff at New York-Presbyterian, as long as their doors are open.
Did You Know? Co-Owner Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins was head of both Don Pooh Management and DP Music Group and guided the careers of Jay-Z, P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., and Foxy Brown.
Other Ways to Support: Purchase a gift card
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