Not that anyone needs a reason to support the diverse and delicious Black-owned restaurants we have in our borough, but there’s definitely an extra one this week.

Brooklyn, along with the rest of New York and the tri-state area, is in the midst of Black Restaurant Week.

Black Restaurant Week was started in 2016 as a way to showcase Black-owned restaurants nationwide and drive business in their direction. And now, in the midst of a pandemic that has closed 41% of Black-owned businesses across the country, the week has been launched here in New York.

50 Brooklyn restaurants are taking part in the 10-day showcase that runs until Nov. 22 and they are all offering special menus for customers

Here are some of the Brooklyn spots in our neighborhoods taking part:

  1. Baby Jane, Clinton Hill
    • Cocktails, craft beer & wine served are served in a stylish locale with big windows & distressed-wood decor at this Clinton Hill spot!
  2. Black Nile Seafood & Soul Food, Crown Heights
    • This Halal seafood and soul food restaurant boasts delicious dishes like honey glazed salmon, grilled or fried catfish, shrimp po’ boys and glazed blueberry cornbread.
  3. Brooklyn Beso, Bed-Stuy
    • This Caribbean and Latin inspired restaurant has everything from wings to platanos rellanos to jerk mac & cheese. Along with music and decor, you’ll be transported to a tropical getaway.
  4. Brooklyn Suya, Crown Heights
    • This Nigerian inspired joint serves a modern take on the traditional Nigerian streetfood, suya: thin cut meat coated in a dry spice then skewered and charred on a grill. At Brooklyn Suya, there’s also veggie options, including tofu and eggplant.
  5. Brown Butter Craft Bar and Restaurant, Bed-Stuy
    • This proudly Bed Stuy spot provides delicious craft specialty drinks as well as cozy and inventive cafe fare.
  6. Bushwick Grind, Bushwick
    • Bushwick Grind is right in the heart of it on Broadway and in its community, the cafe promotes healthy eating, using multi-grain bread and offering gluten-free options. The team also uses milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs from a local farmer in upstate New York.
  7. Creme and Cocoa Creamery, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
    • This local creamery makes small-batch ice cream, frozen desserts, and other sweet treats that capture the flavors of Caribbean culture and the wooden merchant carts of the founders’ youth. 
  8. Gold Room BK, Prospect Lefferts Garden
    • This wine and cocktail lounge brings the vibes to PLG. Serving up items like pan seared mahi mahi, garlic shrimp crostini and shrimp or chicken pasta –plus a range of wines and cocktails, it’s a great spot for brunch or evening dining.
  9. Grandchamps, Bed-Stuy
    • This Bed-Stuy stronghold offers casual morning-to-night dining with delicious, homestyle Haitian cuisine prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, including sandwiches, plus breakfast items & groceries.
  10. Lakou, Crown Heights
    • In Haitian culture, the lakou is a space where the community gathers to exchange knowledge, fellowship and nourish their souls and bodies. And at Lakou, the community can do just that with the restaurant’s Caribbean-inspired food and drink.
  11. Ras Plant Based, Crown Heights
    • Ras Plant Based Ethiopian is an organic farm to table, locally sourced and eco-friendly eatery, serving up delicious vegetarian platters and bites.
  12. Sally’s, Bed-Stuy
    • Sally’s Caribbean-Asian menu and laid-back vibe set the tone right. And their Caribbean Okonomiyaki and ramen bowls only help you to relax even more into their space.
  13. The Rogers Garden, Flatbush
    • This rum bar is an oasis in Flatbush with a heated garden surrounded by a gate decorated by local artists. The menu includes specialty cocktails, light bites and food pop-ups from local vendors.
  14. The Southern Comfort, Bed-Stuy
    • It’s all in the name at this Bed-Stuy staple. The menu includes a range of southern dishes including NOLA-style gumbo, shrimp and grits and chicken and sweet potato waffles.
  15. Tilly’s, Bed-Stuy
    • Tilly’s mission is simple: serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week. And they get that right with dishes including creole salmon, coconut curry shrimp and Caribbean burger.

For a the full list of participating restaurants click here, and for list of more Black-owned restaurants in the borough and across the city check out The Infatuations’ guide.

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