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10 great spots to visit during Black Restaurant Week in NYC

Celebrate Black-owned businesses by feasting across the boroughs in New York’s first-ever Black Restaurant Week.

By Christina Izzo
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Even in the strangest of times, one New York tradition always provides a sense of stability: Restaurant Week. Through November 22, the city will play host to the inaugural New York Tri-State Black Restaurant Week, spotlighting more than 100 Black-owned restaurants and food experiences in and around New York City.

Wondering what spots to try? Among the delicious options are African, Caribbean, and soul food plates from the likes of Gold Room BK, Sweet Science, and Kokomo in Brooklyn; Café Moca, The Nourish Spot, and Breezes Island Grill in Queens; and Harlem Shake and BLVD Bistro in Manhattan. And if you’re hankering for a day trip, you can check out Pik Nik BBQ or Mint Premium Foods out in Tarrytown, New York.

In keeping with the ever-changing landscape of dining during COVID, the event will welcome sit-down restaurants but also food trucks, takeout restaurants, and more casual operations. Registration fees were waived for NYC restaurants and participating eateries are entered into a national registry to help raise revenue. And as extra incentive, diners can tally off meals in an event-wide bingo game and win gift cards, culinary treats, and more from select restaurants.

Black-owned businesses make up one of the hardest-hit sectors of this COVID era: An April 2020 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research and UC Santa Cruz shows that the number of active Black-owned businesses fell 41-percent due to the pandemic, as compared to 17-percent of white-owned businesses. Helping neighborhood restaurants ensure economic stability while getting a great meal out of it? Sign us up.

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