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 73—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.
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.
340 W 145th St and Edgecombe Ave
Chef Charles Gabriel's legendary fried chicken spot has a new logo and location, 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.
109 Malcolm X Blvd between W 115th and W 116th Sts
Creative rice bowls from James Beard Award-nominated chef JJ Johnson.
1944 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 117th and W 118th Sts
Welcoming Caribbean storefront serving jerk chicken and more.
At Cantina, 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 113th and W 114th 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
Healthy food options—smoothies, salads, wraps—out of a popular food truck operating right next to an open-air produce stand.
1528 Amsterdam between W 135th and W 136th Sts
Homey food, from omelettes to salads to sandwiches, in a welcoming space.
303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave
Relaxed spot featuring island-style seafood and barbecue.
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.
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.
219 W 116th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr and Frederick Douglass Blvd
Known as New York's only Somali restaurant.
55 St. Nicholas Ave and W 113th St
Popular vegan soul food spot run by a mother-and-son team.
196 Malcolm X Blvd at W 120th St
Italian baked goods and comfort food, plus cocktails.
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.
• 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
New sit-down 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.
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 new 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.
2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 140th St
Cozy cafe offering terrific sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
137 W 116th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New specialty coffee shop featuring local roaster Plowshares.
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.
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
A new spot for creamy house-made gelato, plus beautiful flower cakes and cupcakes, puddings, and more.
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, now 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.
• 184 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts
• 3629 Broadway between W 149th and W 150th Sts
Family-run shop 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.
241 Lenox Ave and 122nd Street
The Harlem fashion legend's by-appointment-only atelier.
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
A new kettlebell studio from Harlem fitness pro Jah Washington.
• 60 W 129th St and Malcolm X Blvd
• 108 W 116th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds
Reformer, barre, and mat classes at two 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 with a focus on Harlem-based artists in a historic Harlem brownstone.
220 St. Nicholas Ave and W 121st St
Modern shop selling its own organic skincare line that helps with a range of skin issues.
Boutique fitness team offering boot camp, kettlebell workouts, and more via virtual classes.
Vibrant caftans, face masks, 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.
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.