COVID-19 has hit the restaurant industry especially hard this year. With concerns over health and safety, many people are choosing not to dine out, but you can support these five Black-owned restaurants across New York City while socially distancing in an outdoor environment.

One of Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill’s most beloved restaurants, Rustik Tavern welcomes neighbors to enjoy its delicious American fare, friendly service, and an unparalleled cozy atmosphere. Enjoy wings, jerk chicken skewers, and fried calamari while dining on the outdoor patio.

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Small bites and cocktails are what The Armory is known for. Their backyard outdoor seating opens daily at 5pm, when people begin to sip on happy hour cocktails like the Texan Mule and the Monterey Daze made with Pueblo Viejo tequila, pomegranate molasses and jalapeño juice.

Head to Harlem and grab a seat on the small outdoor patio to enjoy Chef Cisse’s French and West African inspired cuisine at Ponty Bistro. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, serving up a mix of favorites from maple crushed French toast to the Harlem beef burger, made with lettuce, tomatoes, and caramelized onions.

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According to the website, KOKOMO is a new “vintage-authentic” mix of Pan Caribbean cultures infused into one beautiful Caribbean experience; respecting the traditions, yet providing an all-Caribbean cultures menu of Mexican, European-Asian and African influences, resulting in a warm, modern approach to Caribbean specialty cocktails and cuisine. Their outdoor patio is open and ready for business.

Originally from Cameroon, Chef and Founder Melanie Delcourt moved to New York to pursue her dream of sharing her passion of food with the world. Le Succulent embodies the combination of homegrown African cuisine and French gastronomy. Grab a seat on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy her flavorful food of Yassa chicken, Chebu Jen, risotto, burgers and so much more.