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Before Fort Greene hit the tipping point, it was probably my favorite neighborhood to eat out in: the places were all highly integrated (unlike in my neighborhood, where everybody but me was then black). And not just racially, either: there were always two-tops of womem obviously on dates together, men obviously on dates together, and women and men obviously on dates together. And not just dates: they were also age-integrated, plenty of early middle-aged (as we then were) married couples like my wife and me.

 

It made me realize how white the dining scene in New York really is.

 

So what I recommend is that you take your friends to dinner in Fort Greene in the late '90s.

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The reason I posted that was that my first response, upon reading your post, was, "this is ridiculous, where could a black person feel uncomfortable in New York 2014?" And basically, I still feel that way. None of the places I go to would make black people feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. But they wouldn't be preponderant, if they care about that.

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It hasn't been a remote issue for me with black friends in many years, but it could also be that my black friends are in general more stylish, more charming, and better looking than I am.

 

And if you think I'm kidding, think again.

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Certainly I've never witnessed this sort of incident myself, and it's difficult for me to imagine the New York restaurants of 2014 exhibiting any overt unpleasantness that was racially motivated [maybe, someone might mistakenly assume completely typical snobbery / exclusiveness / can't-be-botheredness of certain establishments was racially motivated]. I'm not claiming contemporary New York is a postracial / colourblind utopia, but I suspect most racism is going to manifest in rather more subtle, indirect, or 'structural' forms.

 

In any case, if no one has seen anything of that sort, I expect I can book one of my usual spots. [somewhat unexpectedly, the most racially integrated establishment I've been to in Manhattan is the Rose Bar.]

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