Updated: Oct 17, 2022
Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who hail from or have ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
While the month-long celebration may be drawing to a close October 15, Hispanic culture can and should be celebrated throughout the year!
Here are several Hispanic- and Latino-owned businesses you can support in NYC, as recommended by our Brown Harris Stevens agents. View part one of our list here.
Guantanamera (Midtown, Manhattan)
Recommended by Sandy Wilson, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Sales for our Harlem and Riverdale offices, Guantanamera serves up authentic Cuban cuisine complete with a friendly staff and a lively atmosphere. Owner Mario Arate’s menu includes staples like papas rellenas and empanadas, along with sandwiches, salads, and cocktails.
Ceci Cela (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Recommended by NYC agent Debra Ortega, Ceci Cela is a French bakery with Mexican roots. It was co-founded by Sandra Dupal, a Mexican-American who learned of French culture and cuisine through her husband, chef Laurent Dupal.
Mary Ann's Mexican Restaurant (Port Chester)
This authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant has been a staple in the community since 1983.
My family and friends have all of their birthday dinners here, as well as every Cinco De Mayo celebration. They give back to the community as well. --- Nicole Pelle, BHS Connecticut Marketing Specialist
Cafe con Libros (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
The Afro-Latinx, Womanx-owned bookstore and coffee shop prioritizes intersectionality and showcasing diverse stories and authors. BHS VP of Broker Services Abigail Garcia enjoys going there to sip a latte while catching up on work.
Il Posto Accanto (East Village)
Recommended by Jonathan Wolfe, a frequent patron and friend of Owner Julio Pena, Il Posto has been heralded as one of the best Italian trattorias in Manhattan. Home-style favorites like linguine with clam sauce and lasagna are served in a cozy, rustic setting.
Finance and Law
The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar (Midtown, Manhattan and Forest Hills, Queens)
Veronica Escobar, whose parents came to the U.S. from Columbia, is an attorney specializing in elder care, trust and estates, and family law. She was enthusiastically recommended by David Perry for her quality service, integrity, and dependability.
Eagle Strategies (Rose Hill, Manhattan)
Also recommended by David Perry, Eagle Strategies is an esteemed wealth management firm run by Marlon J. Altoé, a native of Brazil.
Rey Polanco, State Farm Agent (Washington Heights, Manhattan)
Polanco is Gus Perry's go-to for insurance needs. He has been serving the NYC area since 2001and has over 24 years of experience in the field.
Beauty and Retail
Stastreria Garcia (Washington Heights, Manhattan)
A quaint, hole-in-the-wall tailor shop that is known for amazing clothing repair work. Inside the shop, guyaberas---men's shirts worn in place of suits and formalwear in the Caribbean---hang from the ceiling. Patrons also commend the owners on their welcoming nature and top-notch customer service.
La Sirena Mexican Folk Art (Bowery, Manhattan)
La Sirena offers fine, handcrafted art and other goods that reflect the rich culture and history of Mexico and its various regions. The store's wide and ever-changing selection features everything from museum-quality fine art to affordable chachkis and gift items.
LASIO Professional Hair Care (NYC and Nationwide)
Ivonne Velasquez recommends LASIO for their innovative, keratin-based products. The company was founded by Nadine Ramos, who travelled to Brazil to learn about keratin treatments before they had become mainstream.
Rëzo Salon (NoMad, Manhattan)
Known for creating the "Rëzo technique" for curly hair, the salon is dedicated exclusively to helping those with curls and other hair textures maintain length, body, balance, and shape.