What is Halal travel? Why are backpackers crazy about it?

Halal Travel Guide, a new centralized resource for locals and visitors, is now available at nycgo.com/HalalTravelGuide, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitor bureau for New York’s five boroughs.

The evergreen resource is the first ever halal travel guide published by an American tourism organization, dedicated to highlighting and encouraging visits to the abundance of halal restaurants, Muslim history and art exhibits in the five boroughs, as well as sharing tips and advice from Muslim travel experts.

“We are proud to launch this all-new travel resource celebrating the incredibly rich and diverse Muslim travel experiences found in New York City,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “The Muslim community has been an integral part of the fabric of our city for nearly 400 years and we are committed to showcasing the authentic halal offerings and more found in all five boroughs.

The Halal Travel Guide was developed in conjunction with Halal Trip/Crescent Rating, the world’s leading Halal travel authority. By borough, the PDF guide highlights New York City’s Muslim-friendly offerings.

The Muslim community has more than 275 mosques spread across the five boroughs, more than any other metropolitan area in the United States. Brooklyn is home to one of the most diverse Muslim communities in the world, with descendants from every continent, as well as one of the nation’s oldest mosques in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The guide includes prayer locations as well as distance/time to attractions, restaurants and hotels.

Eatzy Thai in Queens, Junoon in Manhattan, Al Aqsa in the Bronx, Al Humza Restaurant in Staten Island and Bagel Point in Brooklyn are among the restaurants recommended in the Halal Travel Guide. The Conrad New York Midtown, Lotte New York Palace, Plaza Hotel and other Muslim-friendly hotels are available.