New York City is home to some of the best restaurants in the world; some of my favorites happen to be run by women chefs. This group of women represent a diverse range of cuisines. But what they have in common is a love of great food, the highest quality ingredients, and the most careful preparations, as well as a knack for creating a a true feeling of celebration. Their restaurants are places you want to return to, again and again.
The Beatrice Inn/Chef Angie Mar
For the ultimate in delicious indulgence, head over to The Beatrice Inn, where chef Angie Mar has reinvented the chophouse to showcase top quality meat from around the world, served in the most generous of portions. Irresistible starters range from a succulent veal carpaccio flavored with coffee and juniper to a tasty savory plum tart served with wild arugula. But meat is the star of the show and meant to be shared. The 160 day aged tomahawk rib eye makes quite an entrance, as does the whole roast duck flambé (lit tableside), and a huge 60 day aged cote de boeuf slathered in marrow blistered berries and prawn butter. The atmosphere is joyfully raucous, the service is impeccable and this may be your only chance to savor a desert of Affogato topped with a bountiful serving of shaved truffles.
Del Posto/Chef Melissa Rodriguez
Some of the most creative and elegant Italian cuisine in New York City is found in Del Posto’s classically grand dining room. The Captain’s Menu, available at both lunch time and dinner, is the best way to sample Rodriguez’ delicious food. Some of my favorites include the vitello tonnato, served with an anchovy vinaigrette, a radicchio filled pasta topped with hazelnuts and a 25 year old balsamic, and a giant, plate sized raviolo slathered with freshly shaved truffles. Second courses include carefully prepared Arctic char, striped bass and burnt rib eye. And pasta fans will the love the fact that an extra order of pasta can be ordered for the table. All the desserts are first rate and accompanied by jars of zeppole, chocolates and biscotti. Guests will feel spoiled not only by the amazing food, but also by the super attentive service.
Aquavit/Chef Emma Bengtsson
Winner of two Michelin stars, chef Bengtsson has developed a creative and fun-loving menu of exquisite Scandinavian dishes. Influenced by Sweden’s abundance of seafood, wild greens, roots and berries, Aquavit focuses on local and sustainable ingredients and offers a terrific seasonal tasting menu. Some of my favorites dishes are the gravlax served with trout roe, beef tartare with capers and beets–and from the seasonal menu–an amazing plate of turbot and sun chokes and a dish of duck and honeynut squash. Everything is cooked to perfection and presented with care. Bengtsson was formerly a pastry chef and the desserts are otherworldly and served with homemade truffles and seed brittle. Of course, everyone has to try one of many house made aquavits that range from the more traditional anise, caraway and fennel to the funky, fig and cardamom.
Yves/Chef Alex Baker
For some of the best French comfort food in town, head over to Yves. This perfect neighborhood bistro focuses on the classics, but Baker’s creative touches make them stand out. Yves’ duck l’orange is served with crispy faro and smoked cauliflower, the Bouillabaisse features black bass and fennel and my table devoured the perfectly cooked steak frite and branzino served with Japanese eggplant and apricot coulis. For starters, it is almost mandatory to order the coq au vin braised chicken meatballs which sit atop a delicious parsnip puree. The naturally flavored sorbets are a nice way to end the meal, but the tarte saison made with grapefruit and chamomile is one of a kind. Yves’ atmosphere is fun-loving and as soon as it warms up, it is the perfect place to grab an outdoor table and really embrace the French café vibe
Balaboosta/Bar Bolonat/Taim/Chef Einat Admony
Chef Admony has created a mini empire of Middle Eastern inspired restaurants that range from the more formal Bar Bolonat to the falafel storefront, Taim. All of her restaurants emphasize local and seasonal dishes and place the utmost importance on balancing flavors and incorporating healthy ingredients. Her creative interpretations of Mediterranean specialties include chickpea gnocchi with goat feta and za’atar, fried cauliflower with peanut tahilini and merguez kebabs and crispy bulgar at Bar Bolonot; Balaboosta’s menu includes seared bass with Moroccan spiced tomato sauce and short ribs seasoned with yellow harissa and served with bok choy and kobocha squash.
Mah Ze Dahr
Mah Ze Dahr Bakery/Chef Umber Ahmad
Former investment banker Umber Ahmad has transformed her love for all things chocolate into the perfect neighborhood bakery. Inspired by the ability of food, especially sweets, to tell a story and unite cultures through spices, textures and tastes, Umber has put together a delicious bakery menu with something for everyone. Brioche donuts, dark chocolate explosion cookies, and choux are fan favorites. But the treat that tops my list is the Mah Ze Dahr bar—a signature treat that uses an oatmeal cookie base to hold up pecans, chocolate and brown butter caramel sauce. These goodies can also be ordered online and shipped for at home snacking.
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