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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
47 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
4 people mentioned the Ramen

Dirt Candy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,566 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
89 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
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
96% recommended
7 people mentioned the Crispy Rice

The Beatrice Inn

$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
726 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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
75 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
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
94% recommended
2 people mentioned the Cheeseburger

Porsena

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
481 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
12 people mentioned the Escarole Salad

El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
493 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
86% recommended
23 people mentioned the Croquettes

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,597 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
109 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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ATLA

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown West
58 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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
1 people mentioned the Al Pastor
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Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
343 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area
18 people mentioned the Mezze

Pig and Khao

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,243 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
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
93% recommended
85 people mentioned the Coconut Rice
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La Palapa

$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
607 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
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
85% recommended
22 people mentioned the Sangria

Modern Love Brooklyn

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,058 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
96% recommended
Healthy in New York / Tri-State Area
46 people mentioned the Poutine

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
757 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
95% recommended
American in Brooklyn
13 people mentioned the Crispy Artichoke

Lido

$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,245 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
96% recommended
64 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,393 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
77 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

Flex Mussels - 13th Street

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,574 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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
96% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
62 people mentioned the Truffle Fries