Black-Owned Restaurants, Retailers & Landmarks to Discover on Long Island

Your child will love exploring at Parker's Playhouse.
Your child will love exploring at Parker's Playhouse.
2/4/22 - By Kristen Markel

Long Island has a diverse population that is quickly growing, and the business community reflects that. There are many Black-owned businesses on Long Island that are kid-friendly.

So whether you are headed out to a family-friendly restaurant, looking for a sweet treat, want some culture, or just want to celebrate, there is a Black-owned business on Long Island to help. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, and other companies you and your children will love.


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Dera Ebele is a Black-owned salon on Long Island
Treat your kids to a mani or a pedi at Dera Ebele's.

Kid-Friendly Black-Owned Businesses On Long Island

Dera Ebele’s Nail Boutique – Franklin Square

This spa has treatments specifically for children. Treat your little one to a Little Empress Manicure for kids younger than 10 or a pedicure for those younger than 12.

Hidden Gem – Southampton

You can easily spend an afternoon browsing this East End boutique with kid-friendly finds such as butterfly clips and stuffed llamas. If you aren’t planning a trip to the Hamptons, you can shop online for fun finds.

Parker’s Playhouse – Multiple locations on LI and in NYC

Parker’s Playhouse is a family-owned business that rents soft play equipment for children ages 0-5.

Purpose Basketball – Melville

Coach LeMichael Allen offers school break camps, clinics, and teams at his basketball training center in Melville.

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Dine at the Black-owned Backyard Barbecue on Long Island
Enjoy homemade delights at Backyard Barbecue in Freeport.

Kid-Friendly Black-Owned Restaurants on Long Island

Backyard BBQ – Freeport

Located on Freeport’s Nautical Mile, this barbeque restaurant prides itself on creating everything from scratch and using locally sourced products.

Bobby Q’s – Freeport

The recipes used at this Southern food and BBQ spot in Freeport have been handed down over six generations. The menu has something for everyone, and kids will love its cheeseburger sliders.

Caribbean Flavors – Port Jefferson Station

You will find tasty authentic Jamaican food at this small takeout restaurant in Port Jefferson Station. Be sure to check out its Facebook page for specials before you order.

Chef B’s Restaurant – Valley Stream

Located near Green Acres Mall, Chef B’s has labeled itself a Caribbean and fusion restaurant. The menu accommodates everyone, including vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet.

Dunns River Lounge – Rockville Centre

The extensive menu of Dunns River Lounge has something for everyone, and kids will love its plantains and mac and cheese.

Island Soul – West Hempstead

Dishes at this homestyle Caribbean-American restaurant aim to please. Check its website for coupons and special offers before you order.

Jackee’s Cafe – Coram

This Jamaican restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features curry gold and oxtails. Kids will love its fresh juices.

Trini Bites – Lynbrook

This takeout spot in Lynbrook offers some of Trinidad’s best-known street foods. Trini Bites also offers local delivery.

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Enjoy homemade chocolates from the Black-owned Gillian Home of Chocoberries
Chef Gillian serves up dessert delights at Gillian Home of Chocoberries.

Kid-Friendly Black-Owned Bakeries and Dessert Shops on Long Island

Gillian Home of Chocoberries – Farmingdale

Owner and pastry chef Gillian A. Lugg creates delicious gourmet berries, french macaroons, custom Oreos, cookies, and other goods that can be purchased through her website or at The Marketplace at 317.

NK Restaurant – East Meadow

NK Restaurant is an excellent spot if you want to impress your tween or teen. If you are bringing picky eaters, brunch might be a better bet as it has fewer complicated options.

One Bite Jamaican Bakery – Deer Park

Don’t let the name fool you; there’s more than sweets at the restaurant. It also offers a lunch and dinner menu.

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The Sweet Love Company is a Black-owned bakery on Long Island
What could be sweeter than a treat from The Sweet Love Company?

The Sweet Love Company

The Sweet Love Company creates truffles, cakes, and other treats and ships them nationwide. Check out its website to see current offerings, which change frequently, and place an order.

Sweet and Savory Cafe – Baldwin

This cafe serving sweet treats and healthy bites has pivoted to curbside service only. But you can still enjoy the tasty food at home or on the run. Sweet and Savory also hosts events for kids, including a cooking-making workshop complete with samples to bring home.

Swirl Bliss Frozen Yogurt – Baldwin

The extensive menu at this Nassau dessert shop includes frozen yogurt, acai bowls, bubble tea, and baked goods. It also hosts birthday parties in the shop.

Explore Black history and culture at the African American Museum of Nassau County
The African American Museum of Nassau County is one of only two such museums in the Northeast.

African American Historical and Cultural Sites on Long Island

African American Museum of Nassau County – Hempstead

AAMNC is one of only two African American museums in the Northeast. Exhibits include paintings of Black royalty and “The Women of NASA,” which highlight the contributions African-American women made to the space program.

Eastville Community Historical Center – Sag Harbor

From the early 1800s until the mid-1900s, the section of historic Sag Harbor known as Eastville was home to a multiethnic population of free Blacks, European immigrants, and Native Americans. This small museum aims to educate visitors and preserve the history of that seaside community.

The John and Alice Coltrane Home – Dix Hills

Legendary jazz musician John Coltrane's home is now a museum where visitors will find meditation spaces, exhibits, rare memorabilia, and a recording studio. Kids 5 and older can learn more about musical improv by attending the museums’ workshops held throughout the year.

Long Island Black Artist Association – Rockville Centre

Each month, the Lakeview Library in Rockville Centre hosts an exhibit from a Long Island Black Artist Association member. Pieces on display include paintings and sculptures.

Kid-Friendly Black-Owned Dance Companies On Long Island

Artistry Performing Arts Center – Baldwin

This dance company has offered classes in African, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and show choir for more than 17 years. Artistry teaches little ones 3 and older as well as adults.

HilliArts Studio For The Performing Arts – Freeport

Alumni of this performing arts school have starred on both stage and screen. HilliArts offers classes for adults and children in dance, flexibility, and fitness.

Hip-Hop Dreamz – Garden City

Located inside the Roosevelt Field mall, Hip-Hop Dreamz offers something for every performer, including dance classes, summer camp, and even a recording studio.

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