When it comes to Black-owned experiences, Brooklyn is abundant.
Here are some Black-owned restaurants to visit this Black History Month!
1. Bamboo Walk, East Flatbush
This restaurant is in a league of its own. Bamboo Walk is a multifaceted spot boasting fine dining, cabanas, a robust take-out menu, and the first-ever drive-thru Caribbean restaurant in all of northeastern America. The cuisine is a beautiful marriage of Jamaican and Haitian cuisine, representing the roots of owner Paula Mercure and her husband, respectively. On the menu, you can find Jamaican classics like Braised Oxtail and Curry Chicken and Hiaitan staples like Griot and Goat Tassot.
1343 Utica Ave
2. Footprints Cafe, Multiple Locations
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year is Footprints Cafe. Footprints shook the game up when they opened their first location on Clarendon Road in Brooklyn and introduced us all to Rasta Pasta. The dish has been so renowned that just about any Caribbean restaurant you walk into will have its own rendition of it. Aside from the pasta, Footprints has a wide menu that includes an extensive selection of appetizers, entrees, salads, and drinks. The ever-popular Footprints has come a long way and now has locations in Coney Island, Bed Stuy, Flatbush, and Long Island City!
3. Zanmi NYC, Little Caribbean
Located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, Zanmi brings traditional Haitian cuisine and modern embellishments to Nostrand Ave. Zanmi offers a gallery of traditional Haitian meals and some modern twists and is the only place where you can get Soup Joumou all year round! In addition to cultural classics, they’re also serving Kreyol Shrimp Scampi (shrimp sautéed in a signature sauce), Cana Creole (a roasted half duck marinated for two days in a savory creole sauce), numerous sandwiches, and Kremas.
1206 Nostrand Ave.
4. Imani Caribbean Kitchen & Bar, Clinton Hill
In the heart of Fort Greene, you can find Imani’s serving up their take on classic Jamaican cuisine. On their menu, you can find the Imani Cajun Fried Fish & Bammy (cajun flash fried sole fish, pickled cherry peppers, and cassava bammy served with tartar sauce & escabeche sauce) and their Jerk Chicken Ceasar Salad (iceberg lettuce, corn, red onions, tomatoes, pineapple, jalapenos, jerk chicken breast, caesar dressing and parmesan cheese). Imani’s is known to have one of the best brunches in Brooklyn, so be sure to add them to your itinerary this weekend!
271 Adelphi St.
5. BunNan, Flatbush
BunNan is a one-of-a-kind restaurant where plantains are the star of the show. The creative options on their menu include plantain sandwiches, plantain nachos, plantain fries, and sweet plantain boats loaded with your choice of griot pork, jerk chicken, red snapper, or mushroom.
2123 Caton Ave
6. The Taco Mami’s, Little Caribbean
Fill up on all of the appetizers, tacos, and nachos you can stomach at The Taco Mami’s. Our mouths are watering at the thought of their curry goat tacos, street corn and dirty nachos. And don’t forget to order a cocktail to wash it all down!
706 Rogers Ave.
7. De Hot Pot, Crown Heights
Nothing is as comforting as the Caribbean classics served at De Hot Pot, from their doubles to their roti stuffed with potatoes, channa (chickpeas) and your choice of protein.
1127 Washington Ave.
8. Peppas, Flatbush
Sink your teeth into delicious jerk chicken at Peppas! The restaurant has been around since 1995 and continues to serve some of the best Jamaican cuisine in the borough 25+ years later.
738 Flatbush Ave.
9. Island Express, Flatbush
Island Express is a noteworthy Caribbean bakery and grill across the five boroughs. It was inspired by the story of Sybil Bernard, a Guyanese mother of nine, who sold bread and pastries out of her home when she moved to NYC to ensure her children had a better future. Try any of their curries, pastries or cakes—you won’t regret it!
998 Flatbush Ave.
10. Kokomo NYC, Williamsburg
Kokomo has become a Williamsburg staple between its unique flatbread offerings and jam-packed block parties. Kokomo prides itself on being a multisensory dining experience offering some of the most sophisticated spins on Caribbean cuisine. The entire menu is the perfect product of love and a mixing of cultures from the owner & wife’s Jamaican and Trinidadian roots.
📍 65 Kent Ave.
11. BKLYN Blend, Bed Stuy
Pick-up or order online here.
📍 194 Tompkins Ave.
12. The Crabby Shack, Crown Heights
The Crabby Shack has become a Brooklyn staple in a short time. This seafood spot is dishing up crab in full plates with sides, as well as in rolls, tacos & sliders.
📍 535 Nostrand Ave.
13. Brown Butter NYC, Bed Stuy
Pick-up or order online here.
📍 413 Tompkins Ave.
14. Buka, Clinton Hill
Pick-up or order online here.
📍 946 Fulton St.
15. Sisters, Clinton Hill
📍 900 Fulton St.
16. Essence Restaurant and Bar, Crown Heights
This hidden gem has some really good pasta! Essence regularly hosts karaoke and comedy nights, so head to Crown Heights if you are looking for dinner and a show. Pick-up or order online here.
📍 1662 Atlantic Ave.
17. Ras Plant-Based, Crown Heights
It’s in the title but we cant help but emphasize how iconic this plant-based gem is! Try this Ethiopian eatery for your next brunch. Pick-up or order online here.
📍 739 Franklin Ave.
18. Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine, Crown Heights
Gloria’s is home to some of the most flavorful curry you’ll find in Brooklyn! Pick-up or order online here.
📍987 Nostrand Ave.
19. Lips Cafe, Little Caribbean
This mother-and-son-owned cafe is so much more than meets the eye. Aside from having an amazing assortment of hot drinks and fresh juices, their food is amazing!
📍 1412 Nostrand Ave
20. Healthy As A Motha, Williamsburg
After operating as a ghost kitchen and popping up at NYC night markets, the plant-based eatery opened its first permanent restaurant in Williamsburg in 2023. Their creative blend of Trinidadian and Dominican dishes is something you need to experience.
📍 1412 Nostrand Ave.