It’s no surprise that a recent report conducted by CBRE found that New Yorkers dine out 130% more than other Americans. After all, with world-class dining on every corner—especially in Midtown—who could resist the allure of delicious eats without the hassle of prep and clean-up? This March, however, offers the opportunity to put a unique spin on your dining out plans: dining at women-owned restaurants.
While there are plenty of ways to commemorate Women’s History Month in NYC, why not combine every New Yorkers favorite culinary pastime with celebrating the ways in which the women of New York enrich our lives? Find your next feast at one of these celebrated women-owned restaurants.
Owner and head chef Amanda Cohen was ahead of the curve when she originally opened her vegetable-forward restaurant Dirt Candy in 2008 (located a thirty-minute cab ride away from WestHouse). Though the restaurant changed locations to accommodate more diners in 2012, Cohen’s restaurant has remained a legendary staple in the world of vegetable-only cuisine over the past twelve years. Though Cohen herself is not a vegetarian, she is passionate about cooking and eating vegetables in a way that leaves the politics of food off of the table. Whether you’re a meat-lover or a die-hard vegan, you’ll find something to love at this award-winning restaurant.
Chef Esther Choi first introduced New Yorkers to her Korean-inspired ramen in Chelsea Market in 2015. Soon after, the outpost’s bar stools were consistently packed with satisfied customers indulging in her signature gochujang pork broth and extra crispy Korean fried chicken. With the success of her first location, Choi now boasts two restaurants (one in Brooklyn and the original Chelsea Market location) where visitors can experience her version of Korean comfort food.
It didn’t take long for downtown’s Via Carota to become a trendy hotspot for everything Italian. Though residents and visitors are likely familiar with the restaurant's clout and famed cacio e pepe pasta, not all diners are aware that the place is run by female restaurateurs and chefs Rita Sodi and Jody Williams. It may be difficult to snag a table here since reservations are not accepted, but the wait will be worth it for a plate of one of their Fiorentine-inspired dishes.
Not only is Gazala’s run by female restaurateur and chef Gazala Halabi, it is New York’s one and only Druze restaurant. Inspired by the food her grandmother used to make in Dailat el-Carmel, Israel, Gazala prepares every dish with the hospitality and pride often associated with the Druze community. Head to its uptown location on Amsterdam Avenue—just a fourteen-minute cab ride from WestHouse—and choose from an array of mouthwatering Mediterranean dishes like roasted eggplant, tangy labane, juicy shawarma, and crispy falafel.