How to celebrate Black History Month on Long Island – Shopping, Dining, History & More
Black History month is all about celebrating the richness of black excellence, culture, and of course, food! Since we know how much families love having brunch on the weekends, what better way to celebrate Black History month than visiting or grabbing brunch to go from some of Long Island’s top black-owned restaurants?
Our friends at Black-Owned Long Island have curated a list of the Top 5 Black-Owned Brunch Spots to check out this month!
Chara’s Kitchen – Bellport
If you are looking for good ole southern comfort, head over to Chara’s Kitchen for some of the best soul food in town! You can find everything from Shrimp and Grits, St. Louis Style BBQ ribs and creamy mac and cheese. You can also check out their homemade dessert for the full experience! All of it is made to order, with love.
Sweet and Savory Cafe – Baldwin
Sweet & Savory Café is a local, family-owned cafe offering magical moments on the weekends! Their menu has all of the brunch items one can only dream of, such a Guac Toast that is way better than the classic avocado toast, chicken and waffles, and crab cake. They also have scones and specialty drinks like a Vanilla Bourbon Latte (our fav). You can also grab a bottle of the McBrides Sisters Black Girl Magic wines.
Hush Restaurant Long Island – Elmont
Hush Long Island is located in Elmont and offers food for the soul. The restaurant is classy, chic, intimate, and the best place to indulge in “Caribbean fusion” dishes. The braised oxtail, Lobster and Shrimp Fried Rice, Vegetarian Pasta, and bottomless mimosas are some of our favorites.
GingerBites Hatian – Huntington
Gingerbites brings authentic Haitian dishes and beverages to Long Island. Some of our favorites are the classic Soup Joumou, Griot (Pork bits), served with rice and beans, fried plantain. They pride themselves on buying local and from organic farms.
Dunns River – Rockville Centre
Dunns River Restaurant & Lounge is one of the hottest Caribbean spots in Rockville Centre, serving authentic Jamaican food and drinks. Their menu features an array of dishes that cater to meat and seafood lovers plus vegetarians and vegans. Some of our favorite items are their Jerk Chicken, Escovitch Snapper and Stewed Tofu. They typically off dinner, lunch, and brunch (Sundays) on the go!
BONUS: Down The Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique – Sayville
For some, brunch is not complete without a great cocktail or glass of wine — but we will let everyone decide whether they want to spike their brunch or not. If you choose to turn things up, head over to Down The Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique in Sayville. They have a selection of wines bursting with flavors that you may want to try! They also source wines from Black-Owned wine makers around the world. They also offer wine consulting and in-home tastings.
Celebrating Black History
African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead: This museum is only one of two National African American museums in the Northeast. The origins of the museum stem back to 1968 when a professor at Nassau Community College, Professor Ramsey, established a Black History exhibit at the college that later outgrew its space on campus and later found new exhibit space that became its own official museum in 1985. Programming at the museum includes themed exhibits that focus on historical figures and events, ‘hidden’ history and art, not just on Long Island but across the world. Music legends are highlighted at the museum including John Coltrane, Clark Terry, Buddy Tate, Hale Smith, Seldon Powell, and Billie Mitchell. Check out the museum’s exhibits today to see some of the best art & educational pieces as you learn more about Black History on Long Island.
Winnie’s International Take Out in Amityville: Winnie’s is a family owned and operated business, serving up Soul Food. Twimonisha is the owner and named this restaurant “Winnie’s” after her late mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. The menu is derived from all of her mother’s recipes. Twimonisha’s journey began after she took her mother’s recipes and created dinners to sell. Giving back is their secret to success, on holidays they give out free meals to those who come in. A second location in Massapequa is opening soon!
Argyle Park in Babylon: This is where the first professional African American baseball team originated, known as the Cuban Giants, who were originally formed in 1885. The players were all employees at the then Argyle Hotel and decided that year to make their own baseball team, which later became a very popular attraction for visitors to watch. The Cubans won every game against amateur teams and became an inspiration for people in black communities across Long Island and the entire United States as an all Black baseball team. Today, you can visit Argyle Park and view a plaque dedicated to the team.
Hofstra University: Martin Luther King Jr. was honored at Hofstra University with an honorary degree and was asked to address their graduating class in 1965. This was just one year after he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Long Island once again in 1967 when he was the guest of honor at a fundraiser in Seaview, Fire Island. Here, MLK addressed the crowd on the war in Vietnam, the continual struggle for equality and the importance of building community to the locals of the island.
Discover Long Island is running a limited time Black Owned Businesses Partnership Grant Program. To apply, click here.