Whether you’re visiting family, on a business trip, or on vacation, it’s always a great idea to support black businesses no matter where you are in the world.
But if you’re in New York, it can be hectic finding them since hundreds of businesses exist in the big apple.
And with its rich history of African American Culture, it can be difficult to know where to start, so here are a few black-owned businesses you can visit.
You may have booked reservations or have planned to see certain places in New York and were mainly thinking about supporting Black Restaurants. Well, those are the end of this list because there are cultural attractions that are black-owned and should not be missed. So if you’re interested, try to find time to visit these places:
Richard Beavers Gallery
This art gallery features art from Black artists that are emerging, mid-career, or well-established. But the best thing is the art he features is centered on social and political issues the Black community faces.
For example, the Gallery’s past show exhibited Alexis McGrigg’s collection “The Ether- Journey in Between,” which were paintings about the spiritual essence of Blackness, which constantly has to challenge and change the perception of reality.
Location: 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Williamsburg Music Center
This place may be called a center, but it’s a jazz club that holds live music from local and international artists from Thursday to Sunday from 9 to 11:30 pm.
Location: 367 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Not what you were looking for? Try this gay bar and dance the night away with their cocktails. And if you’re lucky, you might walk into a drag show!
Location: 376 Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030
Hold up, are you trying not to be around people for too long? Well, here’s a small list of stores to buy a book and hide.
Cafe Con Libros
In translation, this place means Coffee with Books, and it’s a bookstore with a coffee shop. But the amazing part is that they sell books written by BIPOC women. This is because Cafe Con Libros is an Intersectional Feminist Bookstore and Coffee Shop.
Location: 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Yoruba Book Center
This center is another bookstore, but the books are about African spirituality and culture.
The center is also a music store that sells vinyl discs from African artists. So if you want to learn about African culture, music, and spirituality, this place is perfect for you.
Location: 610 New York Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11203
Cups + Books
This shop is an owned and operated black family business that sells national best sellers and books written by African Diaspora. But the best part is that they also sell comic books and Caribbean Coffee.
Location: 2024 Bedford Ave New York, NY 11226
Books typically are accompanied by coffee, but if you don’t like coffee or can’t have caffeine, here are some alternatives you can have:
Freckle’s Juice Bar
Located in the Bronx and White Plains, this place sells natural juices and smoothies with vegetarian and vegan food.
Locations: 3828 Dyre Ave, Bronx, NY 10466
5 City Pl, White Plains, NY 10601
More of a tea person? Brooklyn Tea is a tea shop with over 60 types of organic and high-quality teas. They also sell teaware and provide free expert tea information.
Location: 524 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Hibiscus Brew is a heart-healthy shop with an espresso bar that sells coffee, organic smoothies, breakfast fruit bowls, salads, handcraft sandwiches, and vegan pastries crafted from the inspiration of the owner’s home island, Jamaica.
Location: 546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Daleview Biscuits and Beer
Looking for beer instead? Daleview Biscuits and Beer sell on-site brewed beer and southern buttermilk biscuits that are gluten-free. But it doesn’t stop there, this place also brews and sells coffee, provides secret dinners and brewery tours.
Location: 1170 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Bakery and Sweets
Now time to extinguish any cravings for sugar by exploring sweets.
Gooey on the Inside
As the name suggests, this bakery makes and sells cookies that are gooey on the inside. Better yet, these cookies can also be molten and eaten from jars.
Location: 163 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Little Pie Company
Though cookies are overtly a bakery sweet, sometimes pie is preferable instead. So if you love pie, check out the Little Pie Company, they baked classic fresh pies like Southern Pecan Pie, Mississippi Mud Pie, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie.
Location: 424 West 43 Street, New York, NY 10036
The Brooklyn Sweet Spot
This bakery specializes in all types of desserts that they make and sell cakes, cupcakes, bread, brownies, cookies, pies, and pudding with each item 7 dollars and below.
Location: 366 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205
But eventually, you’ll need to eat food that won’t give you diabetes, so here’s a list of restaurants visit:
Beastro is a restaurant that has a unique setting decor of meshing a speakeasy with the 70s or 80s look. Their menu serves food that crosses Puerto Rican and African American cultures from that time in their location, such as pork rinds, mojo chicken, cajun catfish, and fried tomatoes dipped with sweet papaya and mustard sauce.
Location: 135 Alexander Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10454
Craving something classic? Queens Bully serves American BBQ like baby back ribs and briskets. They also sell burgers, sandwiches, wings, and mac & cheese with cocktail drinks and beer, which are all touched by their unique handcraft, making them favorable and delicious.
Location: 113-30 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375
The Black Nile is a restaurant that sells traditional sea and soul food with flavors inspired by Brooklyn’s diversity. They use the acidic and spicy from the Latinos, the sweet and sour from the Chinese, and Afro Southern herbs and spices in their fish and meat, which are all served fresh to your table.
Location: 592 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11216
*The photos were taken from businesses’ websites, Instagram, and yelp.