Best Women-Owned Restaurants in NYC

March 7, 2017
by Zagat Staff

From zesty sweet treats to bubbly and buttermilk biscuits, the options at these female-run restaurants have revolutionized the NYC dining scene with unique flair.

Dirt Candy
Vegetarian · Lower East Side · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

Chef-owner Amanda Cohen shows "serious skills" at this "vegetarian mecca" on the LES where "exciting, innovative" dishes are "beautifully presented" by a "knowledgeable" crew; the airy space has a "buzzy" vibe, and tabs include an administrative fee (no tipping).
Milk Bar Chelsea
Dessert · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

"Get your sugar fix" on at these "destinations" for pastry chef Christina Tosi’s "weirdly delicious concoctions" like compost cookies, cereal milk ice cream and appropriately "addictive" crack pie; the setups are simple, and while "too sweet" for a few, most embrace the "sinfulness."
American · Lower East Side · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

"Almost like being in California" , this LES "hipster hangout" specializes in "healthy-ish" , "simple" fare like "delicious" grain bowls, toasts and big salads; it’s especially known for its popular brunch ( "expect waits" ) when an "under 30 crowd" packs into the basic but cheerful space.
Bakery · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin craft their sweet, "salty and savory" treats (spicy bacon-caramel popcorn, blue cheese–pecan scones) at these brick-and-mortar offshoots of their wholesale bakery business in Greenpoint; seats facing large windows make these ideal morning perches for "strong" coffee and "delish" pastries.