The Weeknd Shares Some of His Favorite Black-Owned Restaurants in Honor of Black History Month

Which one of his picks is near you?

February 03, 2021

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The Weeknd is shining a spotlight on some of his favorite Black-owned restaurants across the country in honor of Black History Month, which began on February 1.

The musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, joined forces with Postmates on Monday to share some of his go-to eateries in a feature the delivery app has dubbed, “The Weeknd’s Highlights.” Postmates users can view his picks on the app’s homepage, and you’ll see several choices located in the city you live in.

The Weeknds choices include everything from an Ethiopian eatery in Harlem to an organic ice cream shop in Alphabet City. The “Save Your Tears” singer, who sticks to a mostly plant-based diet, also included a buffet-style vegan restaurant on his list called Uptown Veg.

The Harlem establishment is a family-owned business that offers everything from plant-based banana pudding to vegan chicken nuggets and vegetables by the pound. Uptown Veg has been in business for more than 20 years and, in addition to The Weeknd, counts comedian Mike Epps and activist Angela Davis among its devoted fans.

Another one of The Weeknd’s picks, Melba’s, has been a Southern food staple in South Harlem for more than 15 years. The restaurant is open for dinner and brunch and specializes in flavorful comfort food. In fact, its Southern-style fried chicken and eggnog waffles with strawberry butter and maple syrup (uh, yum!) was a winning dish on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.

When The Weeknd is craving some Caribbean cuisine he heads to Caribbean Starr, which dishes out authentic Jamaican food like mango wings and jerk shrimp in Central Harlem.

Aside from shining a light on some of his favorite Black-owned businesses, The Weeknd, who is scheduled to star in this year’s Big Game Halftime Show in Tampa Bay on Sunday, teamed up with Postmates to deliver 150 free meals to Florida healthcare workers at AdventHealth Carrollwood hospital. Each meal was prepared by Mama's Southern Soul Food, a popular Black-owned restaurant in Tampa Bay.

According to Postmates, The Weeknd chose the restaurant himself and “ordered delicious plates of baked chicken, yams, and other favorites, to fuel the doctors and nurses that are fighting on the front lines of this pandemic.”

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