NEW YORK – New faces stop by at Cafe Moca in Queens to try the vegan delicacies.
Co-owner Jennypher Urena is excited to be part of Black Restaurant Week, a national campaign showcasing African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Urena is a foodie herself and a fan of the city’s biannual restaurant week. and says that this event is an opportunity to offer a more diverse selection of food.
“I have a tradition with some of my friends that we have gone every winter and every summer for the past eight years. When I discovered that there was such a thing as Black Restaurant Week, I took the opportunity, ”said Urena.
What you need to know
- Black Restaurant Week is a national campaign to showcase Afro-American, African and Caribbean cuisine
- 2020 is the first year the New York area participated in Black Restaurant Week
- It’s not just restaurants – food trucks, caterers and bakeries also offer food specials
Black Restaurant Week began in Houston, Texas in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to other cities across the country. The organizers are delighted that New York and the surrounding region are participating for the first time.
“We learned a long time ago that black food is more than soul food. It’s more than just barbecuing. We are always impressed with the creativity we see in our communities when it comes to food, ”said Falayn Ferrell, Managing Partner of the campaign.
There’s no shortage of options in the city, with more than 125 businesses participating in the five boroughs. It’s not just restaurants – food trucks, caterers and bakeries also offer food specials.
“The black culinary landscape is so diverse. We have everything from Italian to the Caribbean. If you’re just a die-hard foodie, there’s something to eat, ”added Ferrell.
This is a much-needed boost for small businesses looking to make up for losses from the pandemic. It’s also an incentive for first-time visitors and loyal customers.
“My favorite food is the avocado toast and my favorite drink is just the simple coffee,” said a customer at Cafe Moca.
The event runs until this Sunday, but the directory of restaurants is available year round on BlackRestaurantWeeks.com.