From cultural cuisines to jazz music, bookstores, dance, and sweet treats, shop local during your next New York State getaway and support New York’s Black-owned businesses this month and every month!
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These are just a few of the great Black-owned businesses in New York. Message us on Instagram @iloveny to feature Black-owned businesses you love in New York State!
Originally published: 7/28/2021
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Root3d: Find your inner peace and recharge your mind, body, and spirit through wellness workshops and Reiki sessions, group healing, yoga and so much more during your next visit to Albany!
Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen: Feast on generational recipes that pay homage to the chef’s Southern roots, from fried chicken to smoky ribs and classic sweet potato fries.
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See and Be Kitchen: Enjoy the delicious comforts of a home-cooked meal, tasty croissants, superb sourdoughs, and more from this husband and wife-owned bake shop in Cairo.
The Juice Branch: Try over 100 different cold-pressed juices and smoothies, acai bowls, and join the health wave in Catskill, with a second location also located in Hudson.
Delightful Bites by Nina: Using local and simple ingredients, Nina offers your favorite pastries, custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies in Cairo.
The Lorca: Plan a beautiful wilderness retreat in one of the cozy Catskill mountain houses in Shandaken or the Adirondack nature lodge in Sabael.
Central New York
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The Sugar Beat: Ever tried alcohol-infused pound cakes? What about creamy vanilla and chocolate tres leches cake bowls? Add this bakery to your list!
Capresso Coffee Bar & Cuisine: Create your own unique flavor of smoothie, coffee, tea, or chai, or grab a bite with various Caribbean specials including porridges, jerk chicken, salmon, and oxtail.
Caribbean Patty World: Feast on dishes from Caribbean islands from curry goat to oxtail and jerk chicken patties, and heat things up on wing night!
Freestyle Confections: Get your mouth watering with a raspberry lemonade crumble bar with raspberry drizzle, try a sweet cinnamon toast crunch cookie, and so much more.
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Mushroom Spirits Distillery: Straight from New York’s original artisan mushroom farm, try one-of-a-kind mushroom-based spirits!
Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine: Located on South Cayuga Street in Ithaca, experience Ethiopian dishes from mild and spicy stews to spongy teff flatbread.
Asempe Kitchen: This pop-up restaurant and catering service offers vegan and vegetarian options and traditional West African cuisine.
The Communion: Enjoy unique wine and food pairings from around the globe at this wine and spirits shop that aims to make wine more accessible.
Golden Cup Coffee: Get your caffeine fix with a fresh and flavorful cup of coffee made from the best coffee beans around the world. The 5-star ratings prove it!
Colored Musicians Club (pictured): The only African American club of its kind in the United States, currently promoting historical research and preservation of jazz in Buffalo.
Sunshine Vegan Eats: Expand your palate and taste a huge selection of freshly made vegan dishes featuring sustainable local produce.
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Bee Soulful Restaurant: Formerly Bee Tavern, this is now a soul food restaurant under the same owners. And don’t worry, their popular honey-infused cocktails are still on the menu! They’re currently closed for renovations, but are planning to reopen soon.
Brothers BBQ (pictured): Get messy with either the St. Louis or classic baby back Brothers ribs and finish them off with a side of collard greens or candied yams.
Newburgh Mercantile: From gifts to custom framing to local spices and chocolates, make sure you pop into this gift shop on Broadway in Newburgh for an unforgettable souvenir from your trip.
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Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast: Plan a romantic getaway with luxury rooms, spa services, and a gourmet breakfast. While in town, discover the North Fork Long Island Wine Country.
Down the Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique: Pop into this small shop in Sayville bursting with flavor and buy artisan wines, small lot vintages, and organic and biodynamic blends from around the world.
New York City
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Akwaaba Mansion (pictured): Enjoy a luxury getaway at this inn housed in an 1860s Italianate villa and nestled in a quiet tree-lined community in historic Stuyvesant Heights in Brooklyn.
Forever Jerk: Follow your sense of smell and the massive lines to find smoked chicken and pork Jamaican-style at food carts in Queens and Brooklyn.
Black Surfing Association-Rockaway: Get your kids to the Rockaways to learn how to surf, alongside other young New York locals, or check out skateboarding lessons if land is more their style. Plus, in November 2023 they were featured on the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Kokomo: Enjoy an authentic Caribbean experience in Brooklyn. Sip discounted drinks during Koko Hour or indulge in Friday Bottomless Brunch.
Brown Butter Craft Bar & Kitchen: “House-made brown-butter biscuits” is all you need to hear to pop into this cafe, with menu items like the breakfast egg sandwich and biscuits with hot honey.
The Lit. Bar: Check out the only independent bookstore in the entire borough of the Bronx serving 1.5 million people. Better yet, it doubles as a wine bar and community center.
Beatstro: This restaurant and lounge in the South Bronx pays homage to the birth of Hip-Hop.
Melba’s: Make your way to Harlem for premier comfort food like Southern Fried Chicken & Eggnog Waffles with Strawberry Butter and Maple Syrup, the winner on “THROWDOWN!” with Bobby Flay!
Blaze Bar and Grill: Caribbean, seafood, and soul food, all in one spot – Staten Island.
Next Stop Vegan: With locations in Brooklyn and Washington Heights, find fun vegan options from stuffed plantain baskets to the BBQ pull “pork” sandwich made with jackfruit, BBQ sauce, and coleslaw.
Hush Hip-Hop Tours: Explore the history of Hip Hop from the state that started it, from the Boogie Down Bronx, the original birthplace of Hip Hop, to Harlem, and Brooklyn.
Sylvia’s: Serving authentic soul food for 60 years and counting to celebrities, presidents, and locals alike, Sylvia’s is a Harlem favorite for home-style cooking, with Gospel Brunch on Sundays!
Harlem Hops: Grab some beer, booze, and bites from Manhattan’s first 100% African American owned NYC local craft beer bar.
Clover Hill: Have a seat in this intimate Brooklyn restaurant offering delicious contemporary American cuisine made by Charlie Mitchell, New York City’s first and the United States’ second Black chef to achieve the esteemed Michelin star rating.
Cloudy Donuts Co.: Indulge in a sweet treat at the first-ever Black-owned business in Brooklyn Heights serving up gourmet vegan donuts.
Black Gotham Experience: Take a captivating walking tour through African American history, highlighting the pivotal contributions and narratives of Black New Yorkers spanning from 1623 and across three centuries.