25 Latino-Owned Businesses in NYC You Need to Know
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Latino-owned restaurants, shops, and businesses are adding color, flavor, sazón, and life to neighborhoods all across the country -- but perhaps one of the best places to experience Latino culture is right here in NYC. Since 2.4 million Latinos live here (29% of New Yorkers to be exact), hailing from places like Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, it’s no surprise that entrepreneurship among these communities is strong and growing -- thousands of notable Latino-owned local businesses have become neighborhood fixtures across the five boroughs. From restaurants to book shops, these spots have become so intertwined with NYC that it's impossible to imagine the city without them.
Activism and community are also the backbone behind many of these Latino-(and immigrant)-owned businesses, providing safe spaces that are welcoming to all. And especially since the onset of COVID-19, when a disproportionate number of Latinos in NYC lost their jobs early in the pandemic, doing what we can to support the community has become more important than ever.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (starting on September 15), we’ve compiled a list of Latino-owned businesses in NYC to support now and always. From coffee shops and bookstores to eyewear brands and new bakeries specializing in Colombian-inspired goodies, we’ve curated our top recommendations to help kickstart your celebrations. And while there are hundreds if not thousands of Latino-owned businesses to support in the city, here are 25 of our favorites.
Love, Nelly is named in honor of co-owner and baker Stephanie Gallardo’s mother. At this new East Bushwick bakery, Gallardo’s carb-based creations are rooted in nostalgia from fond childhood memories of visiting her family in Colombia and South America. The colorful menu includes cakes, raspas (snow cones), cookies, coffee, and Colombian empanadas.
How to support: Order at storefront or delivery via website
Mil Mundos Books, founded in 2018 by Maria Herron, is currently the only bookstore in Bushwick east of Myrtle Ave. Nearly 50% of its titles are available in Spanish -- the dominant language spoken in Bushwick. According to Herron, she initially founded the shop so “two people can talk excitedly in any language without being told to keep the volume down.” And as a place where Black, Latino, and Indigenous heritages can be celebrated and explored, this safe space acts as a “Bushwick activist Spanglish bookstore” for all to enjoy.
How to support: Order books at storefront, via website, or CashApp: $MilMundos
This family-owned, homestyle Latin diner in the Bronx serves dishes inspired by Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban traditions. The restaurant has been open for more than 20 years and is known for their delicious rotisserie chicken and generous family specials. Owner Henry Martes is a first-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was raised in the Bronx. And while he also holds a master's degree in urban design from Columbia University, he inherited Caridad from his mother and has maintained its operation to keep her dream alive.
How to support: Order at storefront, call 718-892-8322 for takeout/delivery, or order via website
As one of NYC’s most beloved coffee shops, Devoción brings some of the freshest coffee in the world to a corner near you. Their “origin to cup in 10 days” coffee is all single origin from Colombia, sourced from the finest growing regions in the country. Colombian-born owner Steven Sutton has expanded the shop’s original (and stunning) cafe-roastery in Williamsburg to additional locations in Flatiron and Downtown Brooklyn.
How to support: Visit storefronts, takeout/delivery via website
Mexico native and James Beard Award nominated chef Fany Gerson brings delight to the West Village with traditional Mexican-style ice creams and treats. Fruity, water-based paletas (ice pops); Mexican-inspired ice cream flavors like Oaxacan chocolate and tres leches; churros; and mango chamoyadas (sweet-and-salty shaved iced with salted chile and chamoy -- a traditional condiment with pickled plum juice) are just a few of their signature items. The sweetshop also offers plenty of savory items like empanadas and flautas. Look for La Newyorkina products in local grocery stores around the city in addition to their storefront.
How to support: Order at storefront, takeout/delivery via Caviar, Grubhub
Co-owned by Yajaira Saavedra, an activist and undocumented immigrant, La Morada is a family-run, Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Mexican restaurant in the South Bronx. Known for their Oaxacan cuisine and beautiful offerings such as pambazos and indigenously honored moles, the spot is also a pro-immigrant activist space with the restaurant’s front door declaring “Refugees Welcome.” Currently, La Morada is also operating as a soup kitchen with the assistance of Rethink Food (a nonprofit anti-food waste organization that also helps restaurants get back on their feet while serving the food insecure).
How to support: Order at storefront or takeout/delivery via Uber Eats
Antojitos Doña Fela
This Peruvian food cart located under the 90th Street subway stop of the 7 Train plates up vibrant ceviches, chaufa (chifa-style Chinese fried rice), arroz con pollo, and cravable breakfast options like chicharron con camote. Worthy of a visit for any meal throughout the day, Antojitos Doña Fela’s menu also makes for delicious and convenient takeaway options.
How to support: Visit at 90th Street & Roosevelt Ave, call 718-478-3130 for free deliveries ($20 minimum) to Astoria, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona, and East Elmhurst.
Cafe Con Libros
Owned by Kalima DeSuze, an Afro-Panamanian and Latinx feminist, social worker, activist, teacher, veteran, and mother, Café con Libros is a bookstore that combines her love of literature, community, and intersectional feminism -- alongside coffee and pastries. E-books and audio books are also available.
How to support: Order books via website, subscribe to monthly Feminist & Bookish subscription
Mexican-born Ignacio Garcia runs one of the most popular taquerías on Staten Island serving unconventional taco combinations like duck mole tacos on crispy chili-chocolate tortillas or fried lobster tacos with chipotle crema. At Sofia’s Taqueria, customers can also sip on fruity cocktails like coconut mojitos and a variety of margaritas (with a stellar guava option), in addition to pursuing their “tequila library” with its extensive selection of spirits ranging from blancos, añejos, reposados, and mezcals.
How to support: Outdoor seating available, takeout/delivery via Grubhub
This popular Dominican and woman-owned bakery on the Lower East Side specializes in Dominican-style cakes, incredibly layered with precise designs. Run by owner Rossy Caba, the bakery also offers coffee and savory items like empanadas, pollo guisado, and sandwiches.
How to support: Order at storefront or takeout/delivery via Seamless
After escaping the violence from her hometown of Medellin, Colombia, lawyer Maria Piedad Cano (aka “The Arepa Lady”) started selling arepas out of a push cart on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens decades ago. After more than 25 years of hard work and growing popularity, Cano, together with her sons, opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2014. Their signature, fluffy arepas come in varieties such as arepas de queso (melted mozzarella); arepa de choclo (corn); and the arepa rellena (filled with chicharrón and chorizo).
How to support: Order at storefront or takeout/delivery via Seamless
This neighborhood Puerto Rican eatery in Alphabet City has been open since 1976 and is famous across all five boroughs for their signature homestyle cooking. Its beloved founder and matriarch, Adela Fargas, passed away in 2018 at 81 years old, and since then, her family has continued to run the restaurant in her legacy. Popular items include the mofongo (fried crushed plantains made with garlic and pork crackling); tostones; and chicharron de pollo (chicken crackling served with rice and beans).
How to support: Order at storefront or call 212-473-1882 for takeout
Family owned and operated by Ecuadorian-born Andres Criollo, La Sala is a cocktail lounge in Astoria specializing in drinks and spirits from Latin America. Sip on Mexican whiskey or Argentine gin in a backdrop of eclectic tunes that include a mix of classic Latin sounds like bossa nova and salsa. This spot is also known for being LGBTQ-friendly, making it a beloved neighborhood favorite.
How to support: Outdoor seating available
Costas Arepa Bar
Owner Ronny Abenhaim is originally from Colombia and moved to the US as a child. After a career in restaurant management and working alongside chefs like Eric Ripert and Jonathan Waxman, Abenheim opened Costas Arepas Bar with a mission to bridge global cultures through arepas. This popular Midtown destination is known for mashups like the Australian-inspired “Down Under” arepa with avocado and peri peri sauce; the American “Yankee” with ribs and coleslaw; and Asian influenced “Mr. Chang” with crispy chicken and Korean BBQ sauce.
How to support: Outdoor seating available, takeout/delivery via website, Grubhub, Seamless, Uber Eats
Seis Vecinos Restaurant
With a focus on authentic cuisine from Central America and Mexico, Seis Vecinos’ name translates to "six neighbors" in Spanish, referring to the neighboring countries of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala) in relation to Mexico. Owner Jennifer Canales is of Honduran and Mexican descent, and opened the restaurant in his South Bronx community to highlight the neighborhood’s creative blending of diverse ingredients and traditions. Also featured in the 2020 Michelin Guide, popular dishes include the baleada, cheese stuffed pupusas, cuajada, and oxtail.
How to support: Outdoor seating available, takeout/delivery via website (10% off all first time orders with code: seisvecinos), DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless, Uber Eats
Founded in 2013, Homecoming is a hybrid space with the intention of bringing all of owner Vanessa Chinga’s (a born-and-raised Harlem native of Ecuadorian descent) favorite things together under one roof: coffee and espresso (from Heart Roasters), and flowers, plants, and home goods for sale from independent makers.
How to support: Order at storefront or takeout via website
A true mom-and-pop shop in East Harlem, BARCHA is a family-run restaurant and bar from owner Gloribelle Perez, of Dominican descent, and her husband, who live in the neighborhood with their children. Serving Latin-Mediterranean inspired comfort food, some must-try items include harissa honey wings, shrimp & tostones, and the BARCHA burger with a blend of certified Angus Beef, brisket, and short rib. In the upcoming weeks, they’ll also be launching BARCHA MARKET, an online retail shop for grocery essentials. Through this new platform, customers can order signature dishes from the menu along with pantry essentials, all delivered within the hour.
How to support: Outdoor dining available, takeout/delivery via website
Coco and Breezy
Coco and Breezy Eyewear is a sunglasses and frames brand founded in 2009 by Afro-Puerto Rican sisters (and identical twins), Corianna and Brianna Dotson when they were just 19 years old. The company is known for their modern designs, sharp lines, and effortlessly cool style.
How to support: Order online or visit the NYC showroom at 134 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
Founded in 1986 by Cristina Abreu, who originally hails from the Dominican Republic, she co-owns and operates the neighborhood eatery. At this Dominican bistro in Brooklyn, go for pernil, bacalao guisado, the chimi burger, or homemade teas made with fresh ginger, lemongrass, apples, cinnamon, and mint.
How to support: Outdoor seating available, takeout/delivery via website
Evelia Coyotzi, originally from Tlaxcala, Mexico, first started selling tamales, a traditional Mexican breakfast dish made from corn flour steamed in a corn husk, in a shopping cart in Queens. After growing in popularity, she was able to upgrade to a professional food cart and extend her menu to Oaxacan tamales, atoles, sandwiches, and tortas. Since 2002, Evelia’s Tamales has been parked at the corner of Junction Blvd and Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, where it offers a wide variety of menu items just outside the 7 Train stop of Junction Boulevard.
How to support: Visit at 96-07 Roosevelt Ave in Corona, takeout via website, delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats
Elisa’s Love Bites
Elisa’s Love Bites is a fully gluten-free (and “guilt-free”) bakery by Panamanian-born pastry chef, Elisa Lyew. The artisanal goods here are baked with low-glycemic sweeteners like coconut palm sugar, agave nectar, and house-made apple purée. Think healthy twists on the original Fig Newton, almond butter cookies, flourless brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.
How to support: Order at storefront, takeout/delivery via DoorDash, Seamless, Uber Eats
Salvatoria Kitchen & Bar
As the only Salvadoreña spot in Queens, Salvatoria Kitchen & Bar is a popular restaurant known for their pupusas, esquites, and ceviches. Pair dishes with one of their incredible cocktails or a giant margarita with a submerged bottle of Corona.
How to support: Outdoor seating available, takeout/delivery via Seamless
The Lit. Bar
The Lit Bar is a bookstore and wine bar opened by Bronx native, Noëlle Santos. When the 2016 closure of the Bronx’s Barnes & Noble left the borough without any bookstores, Santos saw an opportunity and need to create a sustainable and more accessible bookshop for the neighborhood. The former human resources director at an IT firm then traded in her six-figure salary to open The Lit Bar in 2019, and it’s been a community space for bibliophiles and wine connoisseurs alike ever since.
How to support: Visit storefront or order books via website
This neighborhood spot in Williamsburg serves up refined Venezuelan cuisine. Owner Ivo Diaz is Venezuelan born with over 15 years experience in the NYC hospitality industry and has curated cocktail programs at places such as The Nomad Hotel. Casa Ora’s menu is inspired by Diaz’s mother, Isbelis Diaz, who is also the restaurant’s executive chef while Diaz heads up the bar program. Reflecting dishes she regularly cooked him during his childhood, expect items like bollitos pelones (corn dumplings in tomato sauce); mandocas (corn fritters with sweet plantain); and pabellon (brisket).
How to support: Book outdoor seating via Resy, takeout/out delivery via Caviar
Anima Mundi’s founder, Adriana Ayales, is an herbalist originally from Costa Rica who studied alongside master herbalists for over 13 years. Her goal is to introduce traditional medicine to the modern world while honoring indigenous practices and botany from Central and South America. The shop offers a selection of products containing over 200 herbs from all over the world, including chaga, mucuna, and ashwagandha, to name a few. In addition to DIY herbal classes, meditation and breathwork sessions, cacao ceremonies, and herbal consultations, there’s also a tonic bar with beverages like oat milk lattes, mushroom espresso, ceremonial matcha with collagen, and nootropic milks.
How to support: Visit storefront, order via website, Instagram, Facebook