8 Savory Women Owned Spots in New York

In recent times, the hospitality industry has been through a tumultuous time, but these 8 New York women have persevered, grown their businesses and should be celebrated this Women's History Month (March) and International Women's Day (8th of March).

Described as a “Champagne Mogul” by Vogue, Ariel Arce’s Air’s Champagne Parlor, features over 100 bottles of Champagne and launched in 2017. Her hospitality style and the experiences are based around the ways millennials drink and socialize. She also has the feathers in her cap of opening Tokyo Record Bar with Japanese-inspired cuisine; Niche Niche and Special Club.

Restaurateur Tali Vaknin (@talivaknin) is the force behind the new Vegan bistro Willow in Chelsea, in addition to the well-known vegan/kosher independently owned chain Beyond Sushi, which has five NYC locations and has garnered widespread support for their innovative take on sushi among other signature dishes.  She, with her husband, chef Guy Vaknin by her side, have preserved and already expanded in 2021 with the opening of Willow in January.  She also has City Roots catering under her ever-expanding umbrella and excited for what's to come this year.

Anita Trehan began to address health through food when her daughter developed severe food allergies. She discovered new ways to cook and to heal; thereby creating a Chaiwali menu that caters to all combining flavors she grew up with in Delhi with many that she discovered in New York.

Sarah Schneider (@saraheschneider) owner and founder of Egg Shop, is a restaurateur who had a vision for bringing the coveted egg sandwich and innovative egg dishes to the forefront of the culinary world. Through Egg Shop’s creative menu, Schneider gives egg lovers the option to be both healthy and indulgent, while showing the diversity of the egg as a stand-alone ingredient. Originally from sunny San Diego, Schneider moved to New York in 2001, after a vacation turned into a permanent stay. Schneider quickly discovered her love of fashion, building a 14-year career in fashion wholesale working with top denim brands like AG, Levis, PRPS, and True Religion. Schneider has developed Egg Shop into one of the most coveted brunch spots in New York City with two locations in Williamsburg and Nolita. Going through more than 400 eggs at each location per day, Schneider hopes to expand the Egg Shop concept further, and create a truly memorable experience for all who walk through Egg Shop’s doors.

Homestyle South Indian cuisine, located in the East Village. Owner Sruthi Chowdary partners with the team behind popular Indian restaurant chain Godavari, to offer dishes that are inspired by Sruthi’s childhood meals, as well as street market staples from South India. For the pandemic, they have also pioneered the popular Dabba Service from Mumbai in the bustle of New York.

Leticia Skai Young-Mohan (@skai_boss) and her husband Executive Chef Raymond Mohan, are the duo behind LoLo's Seafood Shack, a Cape Cod and Caribbean mashup and neighborhood favorite in Harlem.  The restaurateurs just signed a lease to take over a space near Columbia University to open a new concept called LoLo's Taco Shack, inspired by their travels to the Yucatan and Leticia's family roots in the region. The menu will feature Belizean street foods like Garnaches and plantain wrapped tamales and a wide variety of Yucatan-inspired tacos like Cochinita Pibil. Buildout just began with the aim to open for takeout, delivery, indoor and outdoor dining this April.

Aliyyah Baylor (@harlem_cake_queen) set the baking world on fire, growing Make My Cake into a global sensation, which draws tens of thousands of worldwide visitors.  Her 3rd generation family-owned business is celebrating 25 years and she's planning to expand her presence past her flagship on W. 139th Street and Upper West Side locations to open a third on 125th Street with a new concept right next door. She is also a generous philanthropist who is committed to improving the lives of New York City’s seniors and children. She sits on the board of City Meals-on-Wheels. She also received a Distinguished Business Woman of the Year Award from The Harlem Arts Council, for her dedication to community service across New York City. Make My Cake serves everything from pies and cobblers to cakes, cupcakes and cookies with the ability to customize everything. Her signature creations include German Chocolate Cake, a decadent Red Velvet Cake, and local favorite, the Sweet Potato Cheesecake. 

NYC Caterer Nuhma Tuazon immigrated to the United States from the Philippines at a young age. The sounds and smells of her childhood—freshly caught fish, newly picked vegetables, bustling markets—anchored Nuhma’s sense of home and inspired her lifelong passion for cooking. Nuhma moved to France when she was 20 to intern under Pierre Hermé at Fauchon, the iconic French gourmet food company, before returning to New York to complete the Pastry and Baking Arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education. From there, she went to work at the Michelin starred Bouley for two years. In 2003, she launched a private catering company for Manhattan’s social fixtures and philanthropists. Thanks to her exquisite, yet approachable cuisine, unparalleled service and famous fried chicken, Nuhma’s business grew. Now Nuhma operates from a 2,500 square foot industrial kitchen in Long Island City alongside a talented team of chefs and expert wait staff to Nuhma NYC. She's now looking forward to a revived wedding and events season ahead and pushed through 2020 with an express kitchen model serving personal meals to people's homes during the pandemic.

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