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5 Black-Owned Restaurants To Visit In New York City

By Chef Amanda Jackson

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There’s always something amazing to experience in the “city that never sleeps.” Whether you want to take a historical tour to find the Langston Hughes House, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center or simply take in all of the art, sounds and culture, New York City has something new to offer every time you visit. That’s particularly true when it comes to food! Next time you’re visiting or traveling for business in New York City, be sure to stop in at these black-owned restaurants for a taste of what the city is really all about. 

 

Cafe Rue Dix

 

This little piece of Paris located in Crown Heights serves Franco-Senegalese fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Senegalese spring rolls, hibiscus rum punch, and thiebou jen have the locals craving more than just their caffeine fixes. Locals know this spot for its amazing coffee and signature hot sauce available for sale.

 

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Amy Ruth’s

 

One of Harlem’s most famous soul food eateries, there are 14 ways to have an amazing waffle at Amy Ruth’s. Tired of chicken and waffles? Amy Ruth’s variations have waffles that come complete with whiting, top sirloin, pork chops, fried shrimp, and more!  Dine in and get comfy with libations from the black-owned Harlem Brewing Company and be sure to try the signature peach mimosa.

 

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MIST Harlem

 

This spot is so much more than a restaurant, housing seven unique event spaces under one roof.  The “living room” of Harlem is an amazing spot to hang out and grab a drink at the bar, study or work in their health-conscious internet cafe, or have a modern Caribbean dinner on the terrace. Expect classic dishes with a modernist twist like the pimento smoked jerk chicken, branzino escovitch and pholourie shrimp.

 

 

Blossom

 

Blossom is the gold standard of vegan cuisine, and it’s truly is a favorite of food lover’s from around the world. The eldest restaurant of vegan food entrepreneur Pamela Elizabeth, Blossom is where to find many of the classic dishes made famous by the cookbook of the same name.  Stop in and try the chef’s sampler to get a real feel for the vibe, and you’ll devour dishes like buffalo risotto croquettes, seaweed caviar canapes and seitan empanadas.

 

 

Zoma

 

Elegant, Ethiopian and delicious are the words used to describe Zoma. Start your evening with a glass of honey wine and order from the combination menu for a faux sampler. With traditional Ethiopian lamb, beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes, there is something for everyone. Definitely sample the “Zoma Tibs” which is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes!

 

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