The BQE Restaurant & Lounge
Black-owned BQE is what happens when New Yorkers migrate back down South. Self described as serving “New York edge with a Southern accent,” BQE has proven its dedication dedication to creating a place for good food and a good time, regardless of the state of the world. Lauded in the NY Times for their community service, the eatery’s day-to-day brings joy with live music and livelier evenings (follow them on social to keep up with their events). Craft cocktails are up to par and bring the NYC ethos with imaginative and colorful mixes like the Crooklyn Lemonade (vodka, peach schnapps, lemon, pineapple juice) and the Central Park (rum, lime, sugar, blue curacao, ginger beer). A very different place depending on whether or not it’s brunch, expect plate-filling Southern traditions like fried catfish, blackened salmon, chicken and waffles, and mac & cheese—or expect the unexpected if you came to free yourself and dance.