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A Starter List (70 and Counting!) of Black-Owned Businesses in Harlem You Can Support Today and Every Day


A List of Black-Owned Businesses in Harlem You Can Support Today and Every Day
Harlem Kettlebell Club owner Jah Washington.

Looking for Black-owned restaurants and other businesses you can support in Harlem today and every day? Happily, there are many.


As a starting point, here's a list of 70—and counting—terrific spots.


If you don't have time to visit them all, be sure to check their website or social media platforms for more ways to show your love.

 

Restaurants


2267 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

Hearty West African stews, heaping mounds of jollof rice, and more.


2795 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 148th and W149th Sts

Small-but-popular Ethiopian eatery with art-filled walls.


2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St

A modern take on soul food with a side of fresh biscuits.


• 439 W 125th St between Morningside and Amsterdam Aves

• 340 W 145th St and Edgecombe Ave

Chef Charles Gabriel's legendary fried chicken spot has a new logo and two new locations in the neighborhood, but the delicious pan-fried chicken hasn't changed one bit.


2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 120th St

Contemporary soul food destination known for its red velvet pancakes.


747 St. Nicholas Ave between W 147th and W 148th Sts

Old-school seafood spot with fried fish sandwiches and more.


101 Edgecombe Ave and W 139th St

Sister-owned restaurant reflecting the duo's British and Jamaican heritage.


684 St. Nicholas Ave and 145th St

Legendary fried fish takeout joint where the lines are always out the door.


Black-owned restaurants in Harlem: Fieldtrip
Chef JJ Johnson of Fieldtrip.

109 Malcolm X Blvd between W 115th and W 116th Sts

Creative rice bowls from James Beard Award-nominated chef JJ Johnson.


1694 Park Ave and E 119th St

The two sisters behind Harlem's popular The Edge have opened this spot across town serving classic cocktails, mocktails, and a small menu with dishes including coconut fish sandwiches, cheeseburgers and hot honey fried chicken.


1944 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 117th and W 118th Sts

Welcoming Caribbean storefront serving jerk chicken and more.


At Exquisite Vibez, 2308 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 135th and W 136th Sts

House-made biscuit sandwiches heaped with fried chicken; bacon, eggs & cheese; and more.


2167 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd between W 128th and W 129th Sts

Easily spotted by its cool vintage-style sign, this tiny takeout spot has a menu that lives up to its name. The all-day breakfast offerings include pancakes, waffles, eggs, plus everything from shrimp to salmon cakes served over Southern-style grits.


W 139th St and Lenox Ave

Owners Tyrell Dixon and Kiana Miles run both a food truck and a popular watermelon stand.


1528 Amsterdam between W 135th and W 136th Sts

Homey food, from omelettes to salads to sandwiches, in a welcoming space.


1239 Amsterdam Ave and W 121st St

Popular Ethiopian since 1988.


300 W 114th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd

Soul food destination by Melba Wilson, who was "born, bred and buttered in Harlem."


2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and W 139th St

Creative French meets West African on a sunny corner.


310 Lenox Ave between W 125th and W 126th Sts

Marcus Samuelsson's world-famous tribute to Harlem.


The Bodega bacon, egg and cheese biscuit sandwich from Harlem Biscuit Company.
Harlem Biscuit Company's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit sandwich.

2592 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 138th St

Chef Russell Jackson's intimate pre-fixe spot focused on modern Californian cuisine.


2374 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Lounge serving popular lobster truffle mac and cheese, plus cocktails.


55 St. Nicholas Ave at W 113th St

Known as New York's only Somali restaurant.


196 Malcolm X Blvd at W 120th St

Italian baked goods and comfort food, plus cocktails.


300 W 135th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and St. Nicholas Ave

Serving up plant-based burgers with names like One Night Stand and Sloppy Toppy, this popular vegan chain out of Atlanta now has a Harlem location.


328 Malcolm X Blvd between W 126th and W 127th Sts

Famous soul food destination visited by locals and tourists alike.


1280 Fifth Ave between E 109th and E 110th Sts

Stylish fast-casual African eatery from chef Pierre Thiam.


763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and 149th Sts

Ethiopian meets Mediterranean in a historic Harlem space.


The second location of Uptown Veg at 349 Lenox Avenue.

• 52 E 125th St and Madison Ave

• 349 Lenox between W 127th and W 128th Sts

Serving up fresh juices and vegan food long before it was trendy. A second Harlem location opened in 2022.


2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 113th and W 114th Sts

Colorful dine-in restaurant serving up vegan soul food, burgers and shakes.


2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 119th St

Chic wine spot with Spanish- and Italian-influenced plates.


2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

Lively French bistro decorated with colorful bric-a-brac.


 

Cafes


85 E 125th St and Park Ave

Serving up its own famous ginger juice, coffee, pastries, and more.


2259 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and 133rd St

Chef Ejhadji Cisse of Harlem's Ponty Bistro is behind this stylish all-day cafe offering coffee, French pastries, warm sandwiches and a whole lot more.


409 W 125th St between Morningside and Amsterdam Aves

Coffee shop from the owner of Make My Cake (right next door) with a focus on Black and Brown-owned roasters.


I Like It Black at 409 W 125th Street.


137 W 116th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Tiny coffee shop featuring a range of small roasters.


• 2754 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 146th St

• 1707 Amsterdam Ave between W 144th and W 145th Sts

Chic spot serving coffee, pastries and "beautiful things" by POC- and women-owned brands.


 

Bars and lounges


381 Lenox Ave between W 129th and W 130th Sts

Modern hookah bar with cocktails and bites.


2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

Craft beer destination opened by three HBCU graduates.


The back patio at Harlem Hops.

2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 112th and W 113th Sts

Group painting classes with a side of fun cocktails.


2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

Harlem's top spot for live music.


2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 112th and W 113th Sts

Named after the address of a famed 19th-century black-owned dance hall, this intimate, bi-level bar is both sophisticated and chill.


 

Desserts and wine


1610 Amsterdam Ave between W 139th and W 140th Sts

Bright destination for creamy house-made gelato, plus beautiful flower cakes and cupcakes, puddings, and more.


Avril Lekic of Avrililillys.

2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Chocolates and more inspired by Harlem's rich history.


2067 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 123rd and W 124th Sts

Globally-sourced wines, including a large selection by Black winemakers. Bottle of Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut, anyone?


283 W 118th St between St. Nicholas Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd

"Rugelach by a brother"—a.k.a. baker Alvin Lee Smalls—in flavors such as apricot, raspberry and chocolate.


409 W 125th St between Morningside and Amsterdam Aves

This Harlem institution, known for its frosted layer cakes and cupcakes, has a prime location on 125th Street.


2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at W 139th St

A division of Make My Cake, specializing in Southern desserts.

1642 Lexington Ave btwn E 103rd and 104th Sts

• 184 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts

• 3629 Broadway between W 149th and W 150th Sts

Trio of family-run shops selling small-batch ice cream.


 

Shopping and services


2522 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

This second-generation flower shop sells arrangements for all occasions.


24 E 125th St between Madison and Fifth Aves

Contemporary looks for special occasions in sizes 12 and up.


2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 134th St

Contemporary gallery featuring artists from Africa and the continent's diaspora.


273 W 121st St and St. Nicholas Ave

Super-stylish handcrafted hats.


2114 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 114th and W 115th Sts

Artistic arrangements for any occasion.


84 W 120th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Children's toy and book store owned by a retired schoolteacher.


• 54-62 W 125th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

• 2350 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between 137th and 138th Sts

Boutique cycling with a focus on community, now with two studios.


734 St. Nicholas Ave between W 146th and W 147th Sts

Pup boarding, daycare and top-notch grooming.


245 Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts

Custom-made and ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and more.


1775 Madison Ave between E 116th and E 117th Sts

Intimate kettlebell studio from Harlem fitness pro Jah Washington.


A starter (70-plus!) list of Black-owned businesses in Harlem you can support
Tiffany Mason of Harlem Pilates.

• 108 W 116th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds

• 301 W 118th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd

• 60 W 129th St and Malcolm X Blvd

Reformer, barre, and mat classes at three locations.


2217 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts

Graphic tees and more with a Harlem vibe.


2283 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

Sharp, custom-made hats in all styles and for all occasions.


24 W 120th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Small gallery in a historic Harlem brownstone with a focus on Harlem-based artists.


220 St. Nicholas Ave and W 121st St

Modern shop selling its own organic skincare line that helps with a range of skin issues.


Dresses, hoodies, and more from designer Junny Hibbert.


2373 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Art gallery focused on the African diaspora.


Muse, a by-appointment perfume shop.

66 Edgecombe between W 137th and W 138th Sts

Rare fragrances sold from the parlor floor of a Harlem townhouse.


2388 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 139th and W 140th Sts

The latest trends from Harlem's nail tech to the stars (think Beyonce, Queen Latifah, the list goes on).


191 Malcolm X Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts

Unique Harlem-centric cards and gifts.


Top interior designer known for her Harlem Toile line of wallpaper, fabric and accessories.


775 St Nicholas Ave and 149th St

Spa services—massage, waxing, skin and nail care—located in a historic Harlem building.

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All Black Errythang
All Black Errythang
Mar 21

Thank you for this list. I suggest that you also talk about the Black walking Harlem tour guides and how even if you’re a New Yorker, you’ll learn some

Hidden history. Yahblackmanhattan on IG and harlemheritagetours are two companies that I know of. Also, bookstores like Sisters should be listed and the Schomburg Shop (you’d have to check to see if that’s Black owned) but the library itself is for Black culture and history. My book All Black Errythang which celebrates Black history and culture is sold there.

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Jessica M.
Jessica M.
Feb 14, 2023

While all these businesses are wonderful, you seem to have left out all the amazing stores for African goods and fashion such as African Paradise at 327 Malcolm X Blvd, and Alna Textiles at 1941 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, as well as smaller restaurants like Accra at 2065 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, Patisserie Des Ambassades at 2200 Frederick Douglass Blvd, and Freddy's Soul/Mangoville at 1980 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, just to name a few. There are LOTS more in this smaller/local category. I urge you to keep looking and adding to this list!

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abalonga
Oct 19, 2020

Don't forget Grandma's Place - great gift shopping for kids of all ages just off Lenox Ave!


https://www.grandmasplaceinharlem.com/pages/meet-grandma


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Queen E
Queen E
Mar 31, 2022
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You don’t have Harlem chocolate factory either on 129th St. and seventh Avenue

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