There is a tremendous amount of pain that is flowing through our neighborhoods right now. I don't claim to have all of the answers, I can offer my perspective as an African American man directly affected by some of the injustices thousands are protesting against. One of the ways we can ALL show our support is by finding black-owned restaurants to try in your neighborhood.
Saveur Creole (Montclair, NJ)
People flock to Saveur Creole for its Haitian-Creole cuisine.
Chef Ronald Mompoint, who is originally from Haiti, has been in business for more than 25 years. I've been there before and the beignets are amazing! If you're looking for a fusion of French, Dutch, and Spanish-Portuguese cuisines, this is the spot for you!
Saveur Creole also offers catering and delivery.
95 South Soul Food (Brooklyn, NY)
I've yet to make my way to Brooklyn to try this spot, but have heard nothing but good things! The menu is packed with soul food staples like "Sumter's BBQ Chicken", collard greens, mac 'n cheese, and "Florence Fried Catfish" that makes my mouth water just by typing this!
They pride themselves on their friendly service and and delicious seafood cuisines.
The Crabby Shack (Brooklyn, NY)
There have been two different times that I've hit up this spot and I just decided to cut & paste what they've posted on their FB page (it's worded perfectly).
The Crabby Shack is a "seafood restaurant serving seafood boils, crab, Lobster and shrimp. we have fried whiting, frozen margaritas, rum punch and flavored homemade lemonade." When I tell you that the frozen margs are dope and the "Clobster Roll" is a MUST!!
Urban Vegan Kitchen (Manhattan, NY)
I'm not a vegan, but shout out to my dude Brady and my friends who are vegans that swear by this place. During these trying times and adhering to the current curfew that's in place, here is a spot in Manhattan that has everything from vegan homemade chili to a vegan Po' Boy! They're delivering and that also includes beer, wine, and alcohol :-)
Olaide's Kitchen (Parlin, NJ)
Olaide Olaide Tella is a Nigerian immigrant who made it to the US in 1998. The restaurant opened in 2017 after Olaide spent years catering from her home. Olaide’s Kitchen specializes in West African food — mainly from Ghana and Nigeria.
On the menu are Nigerian tastes like grilled tilapia and jollof rice. They have two different types, one from Nigeria & one from Ghana.
Ada's Gojjo (Asbury Park)
This place is known in NJ as one of the best places for empanadas! Located down the shore, they specialize in Ethiopian and Dominican cuisines.
The attention to quality is evident in the food. Ada, has been cooking since the age of 14 while growing up in Addis Ababa, when she was asked to help with providing the neighborhood's communal meal...the rest, as they say is history.
Halsey Street Grill (Brooklyn, NY)
Halsey Street Grill has a little bit of everything to make sure you're satisfied! They're menu includes tasty Mexican, Caribbean, and seafood dishes. I've had lunch there (before COVID) and grubbed on the Philly Cheesesteak Fries! You can hop on Uber Eats to get a quick delivery!
2 Much Sauce Food Truck (Plainfield, NJ)
If you're looking for some of that good ol' "stick to your bones" type grub, this is the food truck for you! Fish and chicken combo, shrimp, wash it down with some lemonade...you might be taking a cheat day away from your virtual workout, here's your meal!
Make the drive if you have to:
Bro-Ritos Food Truck
If you can catch this food truck, you're in luck! It's been labeled one of the Top 40 Food Trucks in NJ and has been featured on TLC's "Cake Boss". Since opening in 2016, founders, MarcusMarcus Crawford and Jonathan Gibbs and operations manager, Jarid Thomas serve burritos, tacos, and quesadillas out of their very recognizable lime green truck!
Jacob's Restaurant (Harlem, NY)
Although time's are way different and diners can't eat at the buffet this spot is known for, they've made their amazing soul food available for delivery. They've also been seen in the community helping feed first responders! You can find soul food classics and even vegan options!