Updated: Mar 17
As a single woman, there is so much to explore. What better way to spend your time with your girlfriends than with some soul food and conversations? We bring to you local Black-owned restaurants that are friendly for your bank account while supporting your community as you indulge!
The Door Jamaican Restaurant
163-07 Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, Queens, NY 11434
Eating at this restaurant is the equivalent of meeting a celebrity. The Door Jamaican Restaurant has received several national and international awards, recognized by reputable review platforms, including Yelp, Google+, and Tripadvisor.
13209 Liberty Ave, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Some customers become a regular at this local joint since it has a variety of entrees at such friendly prices.
A recent review included a picture of a wholesome order from Veggie Castle II. Are you telling me this place is really veggie only? Actually, all the orders are vegan! Just when you thought the entrees could not be healthy and clean, ask for their smoothies -- all made with fresh fruit and ingredients. Good for the body and soul, especially when you are trying to glow up!
2602 96th St, East Elmhurst, NY 11369
This place is a refreshing stop in a neighborhood with no soul food nearby. Specializing in a wide range of meals (seafood, chicken, subs, and salads), Cafe Grill continues to cater to its customers by adding desired food options onto its menu. It now has options containing cheese, pita, and/or steak. Who wouldn’t want to go to a place that values its customers’ opinions so readily?
138-89 Francis Lewis Blvd, Rosedale, NY 11422
Previously called Nakasaki, this formerly Chinese owned restaurant was bought by Henry Francis, who renamed the restaurant after his daughter Henrica. By fusing Chinese and Carribean food, he has created an experience like no other. Without intending to, he has upheld one community’s traditions and culture while incorporating his own culture, showing that simultaneously representing different communities empowers all!
141-22 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica NY- 11436.
Eating at this restaurant is the emblem of money recycling through the community over generations. The owners, James and Helen Sanders, founded this restaurant 40 years ago. During their time in business, they have supported local organizations, homeless populations , summer youth programs, local churches, and many more. Helen continues the legacy of the restaurant even after her husband passed away in 2005. Visit this spot to really experience love and loyalty that transcends time.
103-02 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Offering Jamaican foods made from family recipes passed down from generation to generation, Jamaica Breeze cooks a variety of entrees and has a wide selection of drinks and desserts. Come for jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, and so much more! Having spent so much time in Jamaica, the owner became inspired by oxtail and his Arab descent allowed for some meats to have a Halal twist. It truly is an experience filled with cultural and religious undertones.
144-14 243rd Street Queens, NY 11422
“We provide love in every bite,” is the mantra of owners Annette and Titus Runcie, who have been married for over 22 years. Their goal is to bring the world to your palette and they have succeeded as their entrees have been influenced by Mediterranean, Caribbean, and soul food. Chefs use fresh ingredients to deliver unmatched tastes during your time here. Referred to as the Power Business Couple, the married couple has served as role models by participating in community meetings and events, and working with local elected officials to bring greater opportunities to their community.
Visit Dunns River if you aren’t sure whether you want to get dinner but aren’t sure if you want to stay out for longer or go home right away. If you decide that you want to stay, swing by the bar for live music and DJing. To guarantee all of customers’ concerns and needs are met, the owner, Naala, is always present and overseeing all operations. Dine at this Jamaican spot if you want to be served on a personal level!
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