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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:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Korean, Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Prospect Heights, Lower East Side, NoHo
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$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
43 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Chef and owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean grandmother and set out to broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture Read more
100% recommended
4 people mentioned the Ramen
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,521 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Amanda Cohen is the James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning plant-forward restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side. This was the first vegetableRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
141 people mentioned the Hush Puppies
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$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
86 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Maiko Kyogoku and Chef Emily Yuen are two women who’ve nailed down Japanese comfort food. Tucked away on Bleecker Street, Bessou is easy to walk right by — but once you find it youRead more
96% recommended
7 people mentioned the Crispy Rice
$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
719 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Famed New York Chef Angela Mar is the chef and owner of The Beatrice Inn, one of the city’s most well-renowned Prohibition-era speakeasies. While it has always boasted a superb atmRead more
17 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
70 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Located in downtown Manhattan, just a block from the Hudson River, Yves is one of the city’s most elegant French brasseries. Alex Baker is Paris-trained, she attended culinary schoRead more
88% recommended
2 people mentioned the Cheeseburger
$$$$·Italian·
East Village
472 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Sara Jenkins opened her first NYC restaurant, Porchetta, in 2009 and has been serving some of the city’s most iconic meat dishes ever since. Porsena, also located close to AstRead more
93% recommended
12 people mentioned the Escarole Salad
$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
479 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
El Quinto Pino is the creation of chef/co-owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Raij is a celebrated chef at Txikito and La Vara as well and specializes in unique takes on classic SpaRead more
87% recommended
23 people mentioned the Croquettes
$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,547 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Chef Daniela Soto-Innes is the genius behind Cosme, and the one responsible for earning it a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. She started working at restaurants when Read more
109 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown West
45 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Atla is the newest eatery from New York City’s bold, young superstar chef Daniela Soto-Innes. After breaking the mold with her upscale Mexican restaurant Cosme, Soto-Innes wanted tRead more
1 people mentioned the Al Pastor
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
334 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Glasserie is one of Brooklyn’s coolest new restaurants, occupying an 1860s glass factory at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Owner Sara Conklin spent her childhood in places like KuRead more
96% recommended
Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area
18 people mentioned the Mezze
$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,231 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen opened Pig and Khao to serve up her innovative Southeast Asian cuisine in swanky digs on the Lower East Side. Raised with a Filipino upbringing, CoheRead more
91% recommended
85 people mentioned the Coconut Rice
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$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
602 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
La Palapa is the brainchild of Barbara Sibley, a chef and artist with extensive New York City restaurant experience. She started out at La Tulipe, a New York Times three-star FrencRead more
87% recommended
22 people mentioned the Sangria
$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
This Brooklyn hot spot is actually modeled after the original restaurant in Omaha. Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the coolest vegan chef on the planet and, in addition to her two veRead more
97% recommended
Healthy in Brooklyn
46 people mentioned the Poutine
$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
734 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Stephanie Lempert and Polo Dobkin opened up Meadowsweet under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2014. Since then, the husband-and-wife team have been coming up with thoughtful, modern AmeRead more
95% recommended
American in Brooklyn
13 people mentioned the Crispy Artichoke
$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,224 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
Perfectly positioned on a busy corner on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, Lido showcases the phenomenal cooking of James Beard Award-winning author and chef Serena Bass. She originally gotRead more
96% recommended
64 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,374 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Laura Shapiro partnered with her daughter Alexandra and husband Bobby to bring Flex Mussels to New York City. The seasoned restaurateurs have instrumented 20-something successful vRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
77 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,562 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
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
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
62 people mentioned the Truffle Fries