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Plant-Based Caribbean Restaurant, HAAM, Opens in Brooklyn November 15

Prepare your tastebuds for dishes like Island Onigiri, Curry Mofongo, and more.

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Empanadas Photo by Ignacio Orellana

Prepare your tastebuds for dishes like Island Onigiri, Curry Mofongo, and more.

In the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a vibrant celebration of plant-based Caribbean cuisine finds its home at HAAM. Opening its doors on November 15, 2023 at 234 Union Avenue, this full-service eatery delivers a unique dining experience drawing from chef and owner Yesenia Ramdass’ Dominican roots and her husband Randy’s Trinidadian heritage. The acronym HAAM standing for Healthy as a Motha, embodies the essence of this culinary haven.


Sweet Plantain Boat Courtesy of HAAM

Roots and Evolution

Ramdass’ journey toward creating HAAM began with a personal transformation. Raised in a culture heavily influenced by meat-centric dishes, she transitioned to a meat-free lifestyle at 17. Fueled by her role as a mother, she delved into her heritage, revamping traditional recipes to be plant-based. Her tireless efforts led to a thriving ghost kitchen in Queens, a precursor to the full-service venture in Williamsburg.

Culinary Outreach and Community Integration

Driven by a desire to share her vision of conscious living, Ramdass engaged with communities across New York. From festivals to educational initiatives with local organizations, she aimed to spread awareness of plant-based eating, touching lives and palates along the way.

HAAM’s Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

At HAAM, the menu reflects a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation. From Island Onigiri to Curry Mofongo, each dish is a flavorful testament to the Caribbean’s culinary diversity. The offerings extend to desserts like Cassava Pone and Pineapple Flan, ensuring a complete dining experience.

The restaurant’s ambience, crafted by Melissa Anderson, seamlessly merges modern aesthetics with Caribbean charm. With a nod to the region’s lush landscapes, the 1,000-square-foot space boasts a heritage wall adorned with family treasures and a captivating mural paying homage to the brand’s matriarchal figures.


Yuh Motha’s Ceviche Courtesy of HAAM

Situated at the corner of Union Avenue and Meserole Street, HAAM will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery services. The space accommodates 30 guests indoors and offers additional outdoor seating during warmer months.

HAAM brings a tantalizing blend of tradition, innovation, and mindful dining, inviting guests to savor the essence of the Caribbean in every bite. For those seeking a cultural and culinary journey, this eatery stands as a testament to the transformative power of conscious, plant-based eating.

Visit HealthyAsAMotha.com for more information.

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