On Friday, a project called Breaking Bread NYC will release its first map of local restaurants and businesses whose culinary offerings represent some of the seven Muslim-majority countries impacted by Trump's executive order limiting refugees.
The inaugural edition features five Yemeni establishments and two Syrian ones along a stretch of Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill. New maps will be distributed every Friday until the three-month ban on travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen ends, co-organizer Jeff Orlick said.
Organizers are asking for a $10 donation per person for a map with proceeds going to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group.
Breaking Bread NYC is offering a ticketed tour — which kicks off at Damascus Bakeries at 11 a.m. Saturday — of this week's featured businesses and their appetizing wares for $30.
Participating Yemeni and Syrian proprietors, many of whom are long-time New Yorkers, welcomed inclusion in the event, said Orlick, 35, who arranges an annual "momo crawl" in Jackson Heights, where he lives.
Orlick and his fellow organizers — Scott Wiener, a guide leading tours of the city's pizza scene; Serhan Ayhan, the operator of a pizzeria in Astoria; and Steph Mantis, the official ambassador for Wiener's hunger relief initiative Slice Out Hunger — consider themselves "food diplomats."
"We know that a way to create more good in the world, to make people more peaceful, is to help with understanding different cultures," said Orlick, who doesn't consider Breaking Bread NYC a political act. “Food is just one of the greatest mediums for cultural communication.
"You don't have to speak the same language as someone else, but if you eat their food and share that, then that creates a connection," he added. "Anyone can understand food."