My joy this week, of course, surrounds the much-needed emotional relief of this election. Congratulations President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris (my Harris “cousin”). “Mamala,” thank you for raising our voices as women and as women of color. The “thank you” goes to the over 74 million voters who turned up and turned out. January 20th cannot come fast enough.

Forget the forbidden four-letter-words, we are living with a five-letter-word starting with a “C” and ending with a “D”-amn that is wreaking havoc on our lives, our communities and our businesses. Enter Black Restaurant Week, a moveable feast from coast to coast making its debut in New York City and the Tri-State area, beginning tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 22.

Black-owned restaurants in the New York City area have seen their revenues fall 70-80% since the start of the pandemic, according to local culinary business owners, reports CNBC. Supporting Black Restaurant Week and patronizing local Black-owned restaurants and food businesses helps contribute to the livelihood of the Black culinary industry and the local economy.

Black Restaurant Week, the nation’s largest annual culinary festival celebrating the flavors of African, African American, Caribbean and the diaspora, will partner with local Black-owned restaurants and food businesses across the Tri-State area. Participating businesses will offer breakfast, brunch, lunch and/or dinner deals starting at $10, for in-person dining or via delivery and curbside takeout at.

The current lineup features over 60 restaurants across New York and New Jersey, ten of which are here in Harlem. They are:

Harlem Hops

Harlem Shake


Alibi Lounge

Harlem Seafood Soul


LoLo’s Seafood Shack

Blvd Bistro


Makina Café

For more information and a full list of participating Tri-State Black-owned restaurants, visit

Stay safe, wear a mask, eat well and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 18 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPnyc, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations! Email AmNewsFOOD at Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!