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These Are Not the Lady Chefs of New York City


There was a back-and-forth on Twitter earlier this week about how few lady chefs are invited to take part in so many food events. Under-representation of female chefs seems to be a theme not just at events but with food coverage in general and the eternal excuse given by event organizers, writers, and press people is that there just aren’t enough women out there. I call shenanigans.




So this morning, in the time it took me to drink about 3/4 of a cup of lackluster coffee, I jotted down this list. These are women who either own or run kitchens in New York City. A handful of prominent women whose restaurants recently closed or who recently left their restaurants are included because it won’t be long before they’re somewhere new. Like I said, I did this while I was having my coffee, so let me know if I missed anyone (info@dirtcandynyc.com) or sing out on Facebook or Twitter. I’m sure there are a lot more.


April Bloomfield – Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory

Anita Lo – Annisa

Alex Raij – El Quinto Pino, Txikito, La Vara

Missy Robbins – A Voce (formerly)

Gabrielle Hamilton – Prune

Sue Torres – Suenos

Einat Admony – Balaboosta, Taim

Lynn Bound – all MOMA restaurants

Sara Jenkins – Porsena, Porchetta, Porsena Bar

Elizabeth Karmel – Hill Country

Julie Taras Wallach – Tipsy Parson

Barbara Sibley – La Palapa

Ashley Merriman – Waverley Inn

Elizabeth Falkner – Corvo Bianco

Amanda Freitag – upcoming project in Empire Diner space

Paola Marracino – Paola’s Restaurant

Zarela Martinez – Zarela (formerly)

Jody Willliams – Buvette

Jean Adamson – Vinegar Hill House, Hillside

Rita Sodi – I Sodi

Caroline Fidanza – Saltie

Donatella Arpaia – Donatella, DBar, Kefi

Lidia Bastianich – Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Esca

Rebecca Charles – Pearl Oyster Bar

Alex Guarnaschelli – Butter

Leah Cohen – Pig and Khao

Zahra Tangorra – Brucie

Grayson Schmitz – Willow Road

Kristin Sollenne – Bocca Di Bacco

Hong Thaimee – Ngam

Akiko Thurnauer – Family Recipe

Sawa Okochi – Shalom Japan

Ivy Stark – Dos Caminos

Sarah Buck – Pies n’Thighs

Carolyn Bane-Pies n’Thighs

Erika Williams – Pies n’Thighs

Anna Klinger - Al Di La

Sara Kramer – Glasserie

Molly Nickerson – Sorella

Susan Povich – Red Hook Lobster Pound

Sohui Kim – The Good Fork

Amy Scherber – Amy’s Bread

Heather Carlucci – Lassi (formerly)

Mary Redding – Mary’s Fish Camp

Savannah Jordan – Brooklyn Fish Camp

Ann Redding – Uncle Boons

Meg Grace - The Redhead

Sarah Simmons – City Grit

Kitty Thammasat- Ayada

Gazala Halabi – Gazala’s

Sripraphai Tipmanee – Sripraphai

Rawia Bishara – Tanoreen

Katarzyna Ploszaj - Petit Oven

Marny Conforti – Tuscany Grill

Patti Jackson - I Trulli (formerly)

Elise Kornack – Take Root

Wafa Chami- Wafa’s

Francine Stephens – Franny’s

Shanna Pacifico – Back Forty West

Katy Sparks – Tavern on the Green

Julieta Ballesteros - Crema Restaurant

Liza Queen - Potlikker

Ratchanee Sumpatboon – Larb Ubol

Pam Panyasiri – Pam’s Real Thai

Hillary Sterling – The Beatrice Inn

Mary Cleaver – The Green Table/The Cleaver Company

Sho Boo – Bugs

Lina Navarro - El Atoradero

Lisa Giffen – Maison Premiere

Jeannie Ongkeo – Mangez Avec Moi

Jessica Wilson – Dear Bushwick

Ariel Fox – Harding’s

Gina Liu – Crazy Crab 888

Jennifer Hill – 508 GastroBrewery

Sara Kramer - Glasserie

Maima Kamara – Maima’s Liberian

Katherine Fuchs  – The Thirsty Koala

Melissa O’Donnell  – Thelma on Clinton






Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter



Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote


Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly


Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree


Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples





Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream


Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs


Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe


Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg


- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.




Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone


Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate


Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn


Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes


- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.


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