Restaurant Guides

Celebrating Women in Food: Exploring Our Women-Owned Restaurants

Guide By Cassie Eufracio
As we celebrate Women's History Month, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on the incredible contributions of women in the culinary world.
From chefs to restaurateurs, women have been shaping the food industry with their talent, creativity, and dedication. In honor of this month-long celebration, we're excited to showcase our women-owned and operated restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience that reflects the passion and expertise of its female founders.

Join us as we take a delicious journey through these remarkable establishments, where the spirit of innovation and hospitality thrives in every dish served.

New York City

Multiple Locations in NY
A popular New York City artisan bagel shop using only high-quality ingredients and special baking techniques from Montreal. Bagel enthusiasts, Black Seed Bagels is a must try.

Executive Chef: Dianna Daoheung
435 W 31st St, New York, NY, 10001
With every kind of cookie you can imagine, Cindy Lou's bakes them fresh daily. With other delectable treats to choose from like cake, brownies, and pies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Owner: Cindy Kruse
1431 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, 10028
Flex serves up an unexpected menu that reads like a who's who of mussel-centric gastronomy. With pounds of Prince Edward Island mussels prepared every which way, guests are taken on a veritable tour of the world's cooking cultures—via the mollusk experience.

Owner: Alexandra Shapiro
174 E 82nd Street, New York, NY, 10028
Your favorite neighborhood brasserie. Come in for a perfectly chilled martini and shrimp cocktail at our bar or indulge in our decadent gorgonzola garlic bread and a steak au poivre in one of our elegant dining room banquettes. Our menu has a little something for everyone, life's simple pleasures perfected!

Owner: Alexandra Shapiro
Multiple Locations in NY
Mah-ze-dahr bakery transports the curious on a delectable journey of mystery and desire that will elevate the baked good to a piece of comforting decadence that can be experienced every day.

Chef: Umber Ahmad
69 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Margot Brooklyn is highly seasonal, featuring seafood, vegetables, and pasta. The menu will change regularly and have nightly specials, as well as large format dishes to share. The beverage program features natural wine and creative cocktails.

Co-partner: Halley Chambers

265 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY, 10012
Musket Room is a celebrated neighborhood restaurant offering a reliably indulgent experience, whether for a special occasion or enjoying dinner with friends.

Executive Chef: Mary Attea, Owner: Jennifer Vitagliano
51 Bank Street, New York, NY, 10014
A local neighborhood favorite serving up seafood towers, market-fresh oysters, bottles of wine, and signature cocktails.

Owner: Natalie Freihon
242 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001
A popular, cozy eatery in a four-story townhouse offering American comfort food with a twist & creative cocktails.

Co-partner: Natalie Freihon


3660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90004
Familiar Los Angeles Street Tacos, Burritos & Quesadillas prepared with integrity, quality, and a mission. A permanent and significant percentage of proceeds from Gogo's Tacos is committed to the Canvas Communities Centers with the goal of opening a community center in Los Angeles within the next 5 years to offer supportive services to underserved communities.

Owner: Brittney Valles
Executive Chef: Christina Galtman

704 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90021
Guerrilla Cafecito is a tiny cozy cafe in the Arts District open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm serving up coffee and quick breakfast eats like breakfast burritos, bowls, and pastries.

Manager partner: Brittney Valles
2000 E. 7th St., 2000 E. 7th St., CA, 90021
Contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar serving up fresh cocktails, mezcal flights, and world-class tacos made with local ingredients and flavors influenced by the many cultures of Los Angeles.

Chef: Crystal Espinoza
Co-owner: Brittney Valles

9010 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Olivetta is a coastal European restaurant open for fine dining and late-night cocktails.

Chef: Laurie Hudson, Co-Owner: Marisa Hermer
2901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94110
Reem's California is a down-to-earth corner bakery offering shared plates, flatbreads and Arab specialties.

Owner & Chef: Reem Assi
144 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90004
An all-day, grab-and-go, marketplace specializing in fine Chinese food with exceptional ingredients.

Co-Owner Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth
15255 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
The Draycott is a California-inspired family-friendly Brasserie, created by Matt and Marissa Hermer.

Owner: Marissa Hermer


1600 S 1st St., Austin, TX, 78704
Underdog is a wine-forward restaurant serving high-quality sustainable New American cuisine with a Korean twist paired with up-and-coming and all-natural wines.

Co-owner: Claudia Lee
Multiple Locations in TX
A Texas neighborhood favorite for signature steaks, burgers, and comfort foods served in a family-friendly setting.

Family-owned; Co-owners Rainey Fogiel & Natalie Fogiel Moon
500 San Marcos St. #102, Austin, TX, 78702
Cape Bottle Room aims to eliminate the pretense people associate with wine and focus purely on its enjoyment and the uniqueness South Africa brings. South Africa radiates creativity, community and sustainability with a similar exuberance to Austin. We want Austinites to drink wine like they drink beer - casual, low pressure, and all about a great experience.

Owner Danya Declusin

Across The US

Multiple Locations in NY, DC, PA & NJ
maman is a café, bakery, restaurant and event space. maman's menu highlights childhood favorites from the south of France and North America.

Co-founder Elisa Marshall
644 H St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002
Purl offers contemporary American Fare with a slight eclectic twist. It's easy on the palate as it is on the eye - warm and welcoming with playful cocktails including the traditional Espresso Martini.

Owner: Ashlee Jack
Multiple Locations in NY, NJ, NV, CT, MD, MA, & PA
Rosa Mexicano is a fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine, serving both beloved classics and sophisticated dishes in a stylish and festive atmosphere. Each dish honors Mexican heritage, culinary techniques, and global explorations.

Founder: Josefina Howard
2622 P St NW, Washington, DC, 20007
A woman-owned wine and cocktail bar with delectable French cuisine.
Owner: Elli Benchimo
326 Holcomb St, Springdale, AR, 72764
Bauhaus Biergarten has brought a taste of Germany to the city's arts district. They offer German favorite foods, beers, and wines!

Chef: Jennifer Booker
216 S King St, Leesburg, VA, 20175
Goosecup is a casual, hip coffee shop that serves speciality coffee in the morning and craft cocktails in the evening.

Husband and wife owners: Co-Owner Zaara Raza
1403 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR, 97214
Grand Fir Brewing is an intimate beer and food experience focusing on craft beer and expertly prepared food served in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

Husband and wife owner: Owner & Brewmaster Whitney Burnside
Multiple Locations in WA
How to Cook a Wolf pays homage to MFK Fisher and the philosophy of taking simple ingredients and transforming them into culinary splendor.

Chef: Nicole Matson
65 Irby Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA, 30305
Le Bon Nosh is an all-day café market, wine bar, and restaurant offering simple food served with intention.

Owner: Forough Vakili (PHOTO BY ANTHONY TAHLIER)
565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL, 32789
Stylish gastropub serving inventive New American fare, beers brewed on-site, and handcrafted cocktails.

Husband and wife co-owners: Co-owner Julie Petrakis
916 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD, 21211
Led by Chef Jasmine Norton, The Urban Oyster will be the first Black woman-owned Oyster bar in the US.

Owner & Chef: Jasmine Norton (Photo By Eric Stocklin)