20 Black Owned Businesses to Support in the NYC Area
Next time you’re ordering takeout or shopping for clothes, why not choose a Black owned business? It’s one of the best ways you can support Black Americans.
If you’re not sure where to start, Eat Okra is an incredible app that serves as a directory of Black-owned restaurants. Black-Owned Brooklyn is another great resource for Black-owned businesses of all kinds that are located in Brooklyn. Thrillist has also created a list of ways to support New York’s Black community.
To help, we also put together a list of some of our favorite Black-owned businesses in the New York City area, handpicked by Halstead agents, who are currently transitioning into becoming Brown Harris Stevens agents, and our editorial team.
Food & Drink
Helmed by Chef JJ Johnson, Fieldtrip is a "community-based dining experience that celebrates culture through the shared experience of rice." The restaurant has been instrumental in serving its community during this pandemic, feeding frontline workers and families in need.
Riverdale and East Harlem
A family-run shop opened by Lloyd Adams in 1985, Lloyd's Carrot Cake serves seven cake varieties, including its namesake carrot cake. The beloved recipe has stood the test of time and Lloyd's legacy is carried on by his wife Betty, who runs the shop.
This old-school Southern-style fish fry restaurant in Montclair is authentic, reliable, unassuming, and beloved by locals.
Named after the location of the first Black-owned bars in the city, 67 Orange Street serves sophisticated cocktails and delicious small plates (including an ancho chili and lime-flavored Cajun popcorn).
Upper Manhattan and the Bronx
Buunni is run by a husband-and-wife team that moved to New York from Ethiopia in 2011. The small-batch-roasted Ethiopian coffee is served alongside delicious baked treats at their locations, which often host artists and performers. You can buy their blends on the website, too.
Handmade, small-batch ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts are served at Sugar Hill Creamery, a family-run shop near Marcus Garvey Park.
Chef Cisse and Chef Cheikh are cousins who came to New York from Senegal in 1995. After working under Michelin-starred chefs, the duo opened Ponty Bistro in 2008. Here, African flavors meld with French techniques and American influences.
Find a vast selection of African teas, coffees, spices, sea salts, and more at Serengeti Teas. The founder is an expert on African herbal medicine and gastronomy, and this knowledge is reflected in the quality of the products sold here.
Inspired by traditional West African home cooking, Teranga uses thoughtfully sourced ingredients and rich culinary techniques to create seasonal bowls.
The Bronx and White Plains
Natural juice blends and smoothies with names like "Belize It" and "Island Rush" are on the menu at Freckles Juice, started by Felicia Forbes.
Goods & Services
From stylish fedoras and boaters to top hats worthy of elegant black tie events, the collection is vast at FlameKeepers Hat Club. Marc Williamson's mission at FlameKeepers is to pass the torch of good taste to the next generation, and the resulting shop is a hat lover's dream.
Referring to itself as a "yarn lover's haven," String Thing Studio offers an array of yarns as well as knitting, crocheting, and weaving classes and events. You can support the shop by purchasing materials or a gift card from its website. There's even a mystery package that you can order!
This unique gift boutique sells a curated collection of products made by local artisans. Whether you're in search of New York City mementos, beauty products, home décor items, or some truly unique finds, you can get them here.
Specializing in all-natural beauty products, Papa Rozier Farms is owned by a brother-sister duo on a mission to support their homeland of Haiti. They run an organic farm in rural Haiti that produces the castor and moringa oil used in their handmade bath and body products, which are sold in Bushwick.
Founded by Erica Carryl, Vine & Branch Photography offers family, maternity, and event photography as well as headshots and personal branding.
Boerum Hill This menswear boutique is not only an homage to vintage Black style, but it also houses a gallery with rotating photography exhibitions.
BGLH Marketplace Bed-Stuy
Beauty blogger turned beauty product developer Leila Noelliste runs BGLH Marketplace, which is part showroom and part production center. You can discover an incredible array of body butters and soaps here.
You'll find only the highest quality of care at Paws and the City, a one-stop-shop for your canine and feline friends. Here, you can find a grooming salon, pet hotel, pet-sitting services, supplies, and more.
A space for people of color to enjoy wellness practices, performances, discussions, cultural programming, and much more,Ethel's Club also has a digital membership option.