New York City is a hub of creativity, culture, and cuisine, and finding the time to experience it all can be tricky. Luckily, plenty of wonderful restaurants in NYC combine all three elements to provide a unique dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Below are some of the best women-owned restaurants in New York City to add some flavor to your next trip to the Big Apple.
west~bourne takes its name from owner and founder Camilla Marcus, a Los Angeles native who’s bringing West Coast cuisine and community to the Big Apple. west~bourne places a big emphasis on community and neighborhood hospitality, two elements Marcus strives to impart through her vegetarian menu.
west~bourne’s menu focuses on wholesome dishes that cater to your wildest cravings. Featuring a wide selection of dishes, from a vegetarian Reuben sandwich to a sweet and scrumptious Malibu waffle, the menu offers something for everyone. Marcus proudly promotes community through all aspects of her restaurant, donating a portion of all restaurants sales to a local nonprofit organization that provides hospitality training for young adults in the area.
west~bourne periodically hires participants from this program, further cementing a stable and caring connection with the community as a whole.
Don’t let the name dissuade you. Dirt Candy is absolutely one of the best women-owned restaurants in New York City. Chef, owner, and James Beard Award nominee Amanda Cohen established Dirt Candy as one of the first restaurants in New York featuring a vegetable-forward menu. Unlike some other restaurants, however, Dirt Candy features no à la carte dining options. Instead, this restaurant presents two different tasting menus, each offering several courses of vegetable-forward fare.
The menus change depending on which items are currently in season, so you can always rest assured that you’ll get a fresh and delicious meal. Though Cohen is constantly creating new dishes, a few fan favorites have become staples at the restaurant. Past notable dishes have included brussels sprout tacos, pumpkin pad thai, and a savory, mouth-watering tomato cake.
Chef and owner Esther Choi brings traditional Korean cuisine to the Big Apple through her restaurant mŏkbar. With locations in Brooklyn and Chelsea, mŏkbar seeks to provide healthy, high-quality dishes with a traditional Korean flair. The menu at mŏkbar constantly changes to accommodate the freshest seasonal produce.
Ingredients are purchased from Korean markets in Flushing or the Union Square Greenmarket and transported immediately to the restaurant to be made into a variety of delicious dishes. mŏkbar utilizes traditional Korean cooking techniques to produce their fare, such as a “mother broth,” which is used as a base for the majority of the ramen dishes. A team of powerful women, each with Korean roots and a long history of culinary experience, operates mŏkbar.
Choi, along with her sister and managing partner Jennifer, strive to “broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture through [their] food.” They have certainly achieved this feat, not only through their mouth watering dishes, but also through the reverence for Korean culture they’ve created in their restaurant.