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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:mokbar, Dirt Candy, Bessou
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Korean, Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Prospect Heights, Lower East Side, NoHo
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mokbar

$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
51 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Chef and owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean grandmother and set out to broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture Read more
Healthy in New York / Tri-State Area
4 people mentioned the Ramen

Dirt Candy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,744 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Amanda Cohen is the James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning plant-forward restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side. This was the first vegetableRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
141 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
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Bessou

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
106 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 youRead more
82% recommended
7 people mentioned the Crispy Rice

The Beatrice Inn

$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
750 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
Famed New York Chef Angela Mar is the chef and owner of The Beatrice Inn, one of the city’s most well-renowned Prohibition-era speakeasies. While it has always boasted a superb atmRead more
17 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

Yves

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
83 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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 schoRead more
Romantic in Manhattan
2 people mentioned the Cheeseburger

Porsena

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
525 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chef Sara Jenkins opened her first NYC restaurant, Porchetta, in 2009 and has been serving some of the city’s most iconic meat dishes ever since. Porsena, also located close to AstRead more
90% recommended
12 people mentioned the Escarole Salad

El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
543 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
El Quinto Pino is the creation of chef/co-owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Raij is a celebrated chef at Txikito and La Vara as well and specializes in unique takes on classic SpaRead more
98% recommended
Spanish in Manhattan
23 people mentioned the Croquettes

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,799 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Daniela Soto-Innes is the genius behind Cosme, and the one responsible for earning it a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. She started working at restaurants when Read more
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
109 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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ATLA

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown West
91 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
Atla is the newest eatery from New York City’s bold, young superstar chef Daniela Soto-Innes. After breaking the mold with her upscale Mexican restaurant Cosme, Soto-Innes wanted tRead more
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
1 people mentioned the Al Pastor

Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
376 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for Groups
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 KuRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Brooklyn
18 people mentioned the Mezze

Pig and Khao

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,328 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Fit for Foodies
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, CoheRead more
90% recommended
85 people mentioned the Coconut Rice

La Palapa

$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
625 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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 FrencRead more
83% recommended
22 people mentioned the Sangria

Modern Love Brooklyn

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,178 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 veRead more
91% recommended
Healthy in Brooklyn
46 people mentioned the Poutine

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
837 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 AmeRead more
92% recommended
American in Brooklyn
13 people mentioned the Crispy Artichoke
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Lido

$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,338 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
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 gotRead more
97% recommended
64 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,459 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Laura Shapiro partnered with her daughter Alexandra and husband Bobby to bring Flex Mussels to New York City. The seasoned restaurateurs have instrumented 20-something successful vRead more
98% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan
77 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

Flex Mussels - 13th Street

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,617 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Veteran restaurateur Laura Shapiro has found the magic recipe for fantastic seafood. Flex Mussels - 13th Street serves up the highest quality Prince Edward Island mussels, seafood Read more
97% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan
62 people mentioned the Truffle Fries