Buvette is located on a quint, tree-lined street in the West Village, NYC. This French bistro is a charming spot for daytime espresso or a romantic small plate dinner and cocktails at night. (And if you can’t get a seat, Williams also co-owns Via Carota)

Dirt Candy

The James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, Amanda Coen, has been raising the bar on what’s possible—raw or cooked—for vegetarian diners in Manhattan’s Lower East Side since 2008. Choose from a five or 10-course chef’s choice dinner of vibrant vegetables that entice just like candy, or for à la carte, head to the bar for bites and cocktails.


Founded by a powerhouse trio of women (sommelier Annie Shi and chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer), King serves seasonal, pared-down dishes that feel as refined as the decor. Inspired by Southern France and Italy—casual, soft, white—the inventive ever-changing menu ranges from poached ox tongue and cotechino with carrots, to monkfish roasted in Volpaia red wine vinegar with speck.

The Blue Stove

At Williamsburg’s Blue Stove, it’s all about pie for breakfast. Made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and pie dough made by hand, founder and chef by Rachel McBride Beyers offers everything from Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie to Apricot Nectarine Peach Pie. But we assure you, they make the best blueberry muffin paired with an iced coffee combo—ever.


Nina Brondmo and her all-women team were baking the best European-style artisan bread in blue jumpsuits before it was trendy. Bakeri is a charming chalkboard cafe menu of sandwiches and salads, homemade pastries (always opt for the lavender shortbread), delicious coffee, and the best seasonal hibiscus iced tea.

Burrow NYC

Foodie fans will love this tiny Japanese pastry shop tucked into the lobby of 68 Jay Street in Brooklyn. Burrow’s all-women team, led by Patissier and owner Ayako Kurokawa, serves elegant breakfast treats, and pastries and cake that have been called “otherworldly”.

Pies ‘n’ Thighs

Feel good about eating comfort food, made with the Slow Food movement’s attention to ingredients, thanks to owners Sarah Sanneh and Carolyn Bane. Inspired by classic American dishes, Mexican and Californian cuisine, this is a world-famous spot to find New York’s best donuts, best biscuits, best apple pie, and best fried chicken.


Adele Selby brings her Cajun soul to Bed-Stuy with a fusion of beloved New Orleans and Southern cuisine. A twist on comfort food, vegetarian options, and bold potions to quench your thirst, Biyou is a “swanky mixture of culture, community, and comfort that you won’t find outside of New Orleans.”


Chef Missy Robbins celebrates handmade pasta dishes and vegetable antipasti inspired by simple Italian cooking at her Williamsburg spot, Misi. Modern and white, so that the dishes pop, the restaurant features an open kitchen—perfect for nabbing a bar stool at the chef’s counter to see the care that goes into each plate.


Sara Conklin’s Mediterrania Mezza found a unique home in the former Greenpoint Glass Works. Candlelit and rustic, this spot is just as charming for romantic dinners as it is for sharing a mezze platter with friends over brunch.