Emma’s Torch

What they say

“Our restaurant is dedicated to empowering refugees and survivors of human trafficking through culinary training. We strive to create a community of support where they can learn and grow while learning on-the-job skills. We believe that we can change lives, one delicious dish at a time.”

Signature Dishes

Black-eyed-pea hummus; pistachio bread pudding; herb roasted chicken with harissa.

What we say

For refugees, food can be both a connection to home and a gateway to employment in the United States. Kerry Brodie wanted to help make that connection stronger. What she started as a pop-up is now a full-grown restaurant whose mission reaches far beyond putting good food on the plate – the kitchen here is a training space for refugees, those seeking asylum, and victims of human trafficking. To diners, it is a warm neighborhood restaurant that serves approachable, contemporary American fare. This Carroll Gardens restaurant reminds us how profoundly food can drive change.

What others say

“The newest restaurant in Brooklyn has a mission beyond serving seasonal fare – it doubles as a training program for refugees ... The cuisine is seasonal American and designed to familiarize the students with the flavors and ingredients of their adopted home. Still, there are nods to some of their places of origin in the form of shawarma spice on the lamb shank or a sticky tamarind glaze on the barbecue wings.” –Sarah Theeboom, Eater New York


A nonprofit restaurant that provides culinary training & job placement services to refugees


Kerry Brodie, founder/director


Dinner Tuesday to Sunday, weekend brunch


345 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213


+1 718 243 1222




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