10 Places You Didn't Know Are AAPI-Owned in NYC

Updated: May 30

AAPI month may be coming to an end but your support for AAPI-Owned establishments should not. We are highlighting not only our wonderful AAPI community members (new feature every Friday on Instagram), but some of our favorite AAPI-owned businesses.

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Photo Courtesy of Den Social Lounge




1. Den Social

65 W 36th St, New York, map


The perfect place to take the edge off and have fun with friends. Whether you're here for the somaek or just the good vibes its a great lounge to start any night.


2. 886

26 St Marks Pace, New York, map


This East Village spot with the IG-worthy interior design is not only Taiwanese-owned, it is named after the country's international calling code.


3. Besfren Beauty

136-89 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, map + more locations


Sephora may have only recently gotten on the K-beauty wave, but Besfren Beauty has been bringing k-beauty to the NYC area since 2016.


4. Extra Butter

125 Orchard St, New York, map


Extra Butter is a streetwear staple that makes the shopping experience both seamless and entertaining.


5. The Gully

2545 Steinway St, Queens, map


The food at this restaurant is as delicious as the space is aesthetically pleasing and the butter chicken is to die for.


6. Kabisera

151 Allen St Store S, New York, map


When I tell you this place has the friendliest staff, good vibes, and the best matcha lemonade... you can't go wrong here.


7. Sour Mouse

110 Delancey St, New York, map


There's billiards, beer pong, comedy nights, and so much more entertainment at this one-of-a-kind LES hidden gem.


8. Beat the Bomb

255 Water St, Brooklyn map


This experience, which we'd like to describe as an elevated escape room, is no stranger to the Pop Up Girls pages and that's because we're absolutely in love with it.


9. Multisweet

21-52 44th Dr, Queens, map


Multisweet is a hidden gem in Long Island City that serves delicious treats and is both AAPI and women-owned.


10. Yu and Me Books

44 Mulberry St, New York, map


The first female Asian-American bookstore in NYC is nothing short of spectacular, they are constantly supporting other small businesses and have a stellar book selection.


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If you visit any of these places don't forget to tag @popupgirlsnyc for a chance to be feature on our feed!

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