Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in New York City for 2019

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in New York’s culinary scene. For decades, the city that never sleeps—a bastion of possibility—has been represented by lady liberty herself. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Bessou, Yves, Glasserie
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Japanese, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:NoHo, TriBeCa - Downtown, Greenpoint
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Bessou

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
130 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

Maiko Kyogoku and Chef Emily Yuen are two women who’ve nailed down Japanese comfort food. Tucked away on Bleecker Street, Bessou is easy to walk right by — but once you find it you’re in for a special...

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Yves

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
146 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic

Located in downtown Manhattan, just a block from the Hudson River, Yves is one of the city’s most elegant French brasseries. Alex Baker is Paris-trained, she attended culinary school and worked at Spr...

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Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
550 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy

Glasserie is one of Brooklyn’s coolest new restaurants, occupying an 1860s glass factory at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Owner Sara Conklin spent her childhood in places like Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dub...

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Healthy in Brooklyn

Pig and Khao

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,406 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen opened Pig and Khao to serve up her innovative Southeast Asian cuisine in swanky digs on the Lower East Side. Raised with a Filipino upbringing, Cohen takes annual exped...

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La Palapa

$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
751 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good Vegetarian Options

La Palapa is the brainchild of Barbara Sibley, a chef and artist with extensive New York City restaurant experience. She started out at La Tulipe, a New York Times three-star French restaurant where s...

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Modern Love Brooklyn

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,296 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date

This Brooklyn hot spot is actually modeled after the original restaurant in Omaha. Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the coolest vegan chef on the planet and, in addition to her two vegan cookbooks, has b...

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Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
1,228 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Stephanie Lempert and Polo Dobkin opened up Meadowsweet under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2014. Since then, the husband-and-wife team have been coming up with thoughtful, modern American dishes. Meadow...

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Healthy in Brooklyn

Lido

$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,484 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date

Perfectly positioned on a busy corner on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, Lido showcases the phenomenal cooking of James Beard Award-winning author and chef Serena Bass. She originally got her career start wh...

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