NYC Women-Owned Restaurants Making Waves During Women’s History Month

Get ready to be immersed in delicious bites and cocktails as we celebrate International Women's Day  today and throughout the month of March! Support these women-led establishments and savor the craftsmanship of star restaurateurs and epic gastronomy all at the same time. 

Reyna (11 E 13th St), the women-owned and operated Mediterranean tapas restaurant that has been buzzing since opening it’s 2022 location in Manhattan, is giving visitors the perfect opportunity to celebrate during Women’s History Month with their brand new cocktail, La Coquette. Reyna, which means ‘queen’ in Spanish, is the brainchild of Nicki Laborie, who has built a successful, female-operated empire spanning from Canada, to NYC. In alignment with her mission to create a welcoming and convivial setting, the location will serve the irresistible libation, made with Empress Gin, Chambord, Rose Water, Peach Bitters, Lemon, and topped with a delicate wisp of cotton candy through March for just $20! To further support the cause, $5 from each La Coquette sold will be donated to The Tory Burch Foundation, a non-profit organization helping empower women entrepreneurs. During International Women's Day on March 8th, this drink will be specially priced at $10 at the bar.

Reyna Owner Nicki Laborie, Courtesy of Ryan Emberley

Lamia’s Fish Market (47 Avenue B) in the East Village has an over-the-top, or in this case, under-the-sea style design, giving guests the feel that they're dining in the most chic submarine they've ever seen. Chef & Owner Lamia Funti’s restaurant boasts the most gorgeous champagne and raw bar imaginable. The restaurant's private dining room comes complete with a ship's wheel at the head of the captain's table. The extensive seafood menu includes fish by the pound, seafood pastas, and main courses from both land and sea. 

Lamias Fish Market Chef & Owner Lamia Funti Courtesy of Peter Ruprecht

Baar Baar (13 East 1st St) is a modern Indian gastropub from Payal Sharma, helmed by chef Sujan Sarkar located in NYC's East Village. Here, chef Sarkar is paying homage to his roots by reinterpreting regional Indian cuisine through a modern lens. Innovative cocktails infused with the bold flavors of the Indian subcontinent complement the cuisine. 

Baar Baar Owner Payal Sharma Courtesy Payal Sharma

H A A M (234 Union Ave) is a plant-based Caribbean restaurant located in Williamsburg from Chef/Owner Yesenia Ramdass. The menu is inspired by Ramdass's Dominican heritage and husband Randy’s Trinidadian background. The eatery – a heartfelt acronym for 'Healthy As A Motha' – is the first full-service outpost from Ramdass, who previously operated the concept as a ghost kitchen in Sunnyside, Queens. Like its early iteration, H A A M blends and celebrates the rich culture and diverse flavors of the Caribbean and offers a new perspective on plant-based dining in a space that is as vibrant as the food. 

HAAM Owner Yesenia Ramdass Image Courtesy Joe Kramm

Cecily (80 Franklin St) is the first venture from Sommelier & Beverage Director, Kristin Ma (Estela, WS New York, LaLou, Anfora) and Service Director, Tara Noble (LaLou, Lea, Rosemary’s; also the founder of consultancy, Third Space Hospitality). Located in Greenpoint, the full-service neighborhood restaurant, which debuted in December 2023, offers a seasonal, produce-driven culinary identity and diverse beverage program. Executive Chef Zach Frieling (Jupiter and The Four Horsemen) leads the direction of the restaurant's sustainably-focused menu. Ma, Noble and Frieling, who are all based in Brooklyn, have built a sustainable model of business growth for the staff at Cecily, offering purposeful profit-sharing and ownership opportunities as well as direct mentorship in skills ranging from wine tasting to restaurant finance. The team value a sense of place and neighborhood, and strive to have this reflected in their offering through prioritizing hiring employees locally and hosting monthly wine classes for the community. 

Cecily Sommelier Beverage Director Kristin Ma Courtesy of David Malosh

Rynn (309 E 5th St.) embodies the heartfelt dedication of restaurant's partners Hataichanok Pruksaprawpong, Natchaya Klinkajon, Serena Thongsri, who have infused their fondest memories into every dish and glass for guests to savor. Their Thai eatery and bar menu features tantalizing lunch specials like a must-try Grilled Ribeye and delectable dinner signatures like Kanom Jeeb Pak, Rak Bua and Tom Yum Ta Lay bursting with shrimp, calamari, and fish. Delve into mains like Massaman Tofu or Pad Thai Goong, and save room for indulgent KANOM desserts like Mango Sticky Rice and Thai Tea Crème Brûlée. At Rynn, each dish is a culinary masterpiece crafted by their women-led team, inviting guests to immerse themselves in a symphony of rich culture, flavors and memories. 

Rynn Partners Hataichanok Pruksaprawpong, Natchaya Klinkajon, Serena Thongsri

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