5 Amazing NYC Restaurants Led By Women

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In the New York City dining scene, the myriad of options on where to eat for any kind of meal from fast casuals to date night bistros offers a plethora of options. For many of the city’s best restaurants though, the go-to answers on where to eat tonight are run by some of the most esteemed chefs in the city, the women below. With universally lauded restaurants like The Spotted Pig, Untitled at the Whitney, and more all being run by female chefs, their leadership and culinary prowess is is what makes these restaurants, and many others, some of our favorites in the city.

Angie Mar, The Beatrice Inn


When Mar took over The Beatrice Inn from its previous owners, she had already been working at the restaurant as a chef. Her renovations and rebranding of the space as a palace for all things meat has proven to be an immense success, with the restaurant being lauded with praise by critics and repeat diners. From hearty stews of bouillabaisse to perfect cuts of beef, this subterranean restaurant has become the best downtown locale for all carnivores under Mar’s leadership.

Location: 285 W. 12th Street

April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig

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Bloomfield has long been a stalwart in the New York City dining scene. After being at the helm of restaurants like The Breslin, Salvation Burger, John Dory Oyster Bar, and more, The Spotted Pig is one of the best restaurants in the city under her leadership. After bringing in celebrity regulars like Aziz Ansari, to only using the highest quality of beef from pat LaFrieda before it was such a standard, Bloomfield has a long tradition of knowing what makes a restaurant and its food great. Much like her other restaurants, The Spotted Pig offers one of the city’s best burgers, if you can get a table, that is.

Location: 314 W. 11th Street

Suzanne Cupps, Untitled at the Whitney


Amidst the recent movement of restaurants embedded in museums, Untitled stands out as one of the best restaurants in town for a great brunch and a modern aesthetic that has diners continuously coming back. After working for various outposts at Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyers’ culinary empire in the city, Cupps assumed the role of Executive Chef last year at Untitled, and has brought the restaurant to all new heights with dishes perfectly crafted to reach every kind of diner. From the food lovers returning for the incredible burger and aioli sauce to the Instagrammers coming for the picturesque (though delicious) pistachio butter and cauliflower dishes at brunch. Cupps’ menu at Untitled is not to be missed for any local or traveler in New York.

Location: 99 Gansevoort Street

Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy

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A vegetarian restaurant can be a hard business to run. Put that in the middle of one of the most difficult restaurant cities in the world, and it becomes tenfold harder. Amanda Cohen though, the chef/owner at Dirt Candy, has not only beat the challenge in front of her restaurant, but Dirt Candy has become one of the most successful restaurants in the city, to the tune of awards from Michelin five times. Dirt Candy gives new meaning to the vegetarian restaurant with dishes that are so innovative even the most carnivorous of diners will into this menu and flavor palate.

Location: 86 Allen Street

Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest, White Gold Butchers

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After taking helm of this Butcher Shop/Restaurant from their mentor, April Bloomfield, this duo has given the Upper West Side the cool new restaurant it needed with White Gold. With the best cuts of beef, perfectly made sausages, and the restaurants take on the chopped cheese sandwich from their opening, its become a hotspot for uptown New Yorkers looking for a great meal in the restaurant or for the ingredients to take home to cook themselves. Nakamura and Guest’s background in the industry also adds up to one of the most respected resumes in the city for the young team.

Location: 375 Amsterdam Ave

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