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Eat Local at These Women-Owned Food Businesses in Westchester

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Whether during Women’s History Month or any day of the week, there’s nothing like a bite or a drink from one of Westchester’s women-owned eateries.

By Bianca Asare and Hannah Teligades

Westchester is full of ambitious women entrepreneurs whose businesses have become staples of our community. We’ve rounded up some of these businesses to celebrate Women’s History Month and to showcase the amazing female talent flourishing throughout Westchester County.

Aged Cork Wine and Spirits

2237 Central Park Ave, Yonkers; 914.288.0525

This recently opened wine shop is not only woman-owned, but it sells an abundance of women-owned wines. Owner Kate Tkachenko focuses on providing a variety of brands and, in addition to wine, the shop carries liquor options as well. To top it all off, in recognition of Women’s History Month, Tkachenko offers a Celebration of Women Winemakers Mixed Case, featuring the output of female winemakers from all over the world.

Baked By Susan

379 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.862.0874

As a child, Susan O’Keefe dreamed of owning a bakery. With lessons from her mother and her Italian and Hungarian grandmothers, O’Keefe developed her own, unique baking style. This cozy, family-owned bakeshop is a dream for anyone with a sweet tooth, serving up banana cream pie, classic and specialty cakes, and an assortment of cookies. In the mood for something savory? Pick up a chicken pot pie or some empanadas.

Bedford Gourmet

460 Old Post Rd, Bedford; 914.234.9409

Located in the historic Bedford Village, this charming, upscale spot, owned by business partners Debbie Franzese and Alexandra Walsh for eight years, is stocked with artisanal delights. With unique specials like ginger soy salmon and classic staples like curry chicken salad, Bedford Gourmet has something for everyone. 

Debbie Franzese and Alexandra Walsh. Photo courtesy of Bedford Gourmet

Francey Brady’s

72 Main St, Yonkers; 914.226.8644

With a name inspired by the classic Irish movie, “The Butcher Boy,” Francey Brady’s is an Irish-American bar and restaurant owned by Irish native and Yonkers resident, Patricia Brady. The restaurant serves classic bar food, including buffalo wings, calamari, and Francey’s potato skins made with Dubliner cheese. There’s also a variety of cocktails and drinks just in time for summer, with a happy hour every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Good Witch Coffee Bar

134 Southside Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.920.4077

Start your day at this modern café with a loaded, limitless menu. Owner Joanna Prisco, a Hastings-on-Hudson resident and longtime food writer, has dedicated this spot to empowering women. Need a morning pick-me-up? Pick up a rose latte or a lavender London fog. Allow yourself to indulge in a mushroom truffle bagel, tahini-cardamom parfait, or sourdough pretzel for the most important meal of the day.

The Grange

158 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont; 914.341.1463

Owners Lisa Samson, Lisa Chase, and Lisa Moskow (yes, there are three) opened The Grange in October of last year. They have impressive resumes between the three of them, including Food Network and years of journalistic experience. The gourmet, environmentally friendly restaurant serves breakfast all day featuring unique dishes like a torched French toast wedge, and specialty lunch choices like curried chickpea salad wrap.

Kathleen’s Tea Room

979 Main St, Peekskill; 914.734.2520

Peekskill native Vivian McKenzie has owned this classic spot in downtown Peekskill for over a decade, and she boasts the “best scones this side of the pond.” But don’t be fooled by the name — Kathleen’s Tea House isn’t only tea. It offers an array of lunch dishes, including salads and sandwiches, plus desserts like peach melba and short cake.

Little Crepe Street, Little Kabab Station, and Little Drunken Chef

29, 31, and 36 E Main St, Mount Kisco; 914.242.8800

Bonnie Saran is definitely a known face of Westchester, having opened six restaurants in the past decade. Her trio of restaurants in Mount Kisco serves as the perfect spot for almost anything you could crave. Enjoy classic Indian dishes like tikka masala or samosas at Little Kabab Station or tapas and happy hour at Little Drunken Chef. Lastly, finish off with a dulce de leche crepe next door at Little Crepe Street.

LMNOP Bakery

Katonah; 917.238.1011

Anne Mayhew fell in love with French bakeries while in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship, regularly popping in to try a new fresh baguette. Ten years later she walked away from her costume industry job and started a bakery. At LMNOP, the secret ingredient for Mayhew’s pepper and poppy seed turmeric bread, focaccia, and sourdough is freshly milled flour from Wild Hive Farm. Mayhew bakes from the comfort of her own home, but her bread is available at 10 spots throughout Westchester as well as through her website.

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NoMa Social

1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle; 914.576.4141

With over 20 years of hotel and restaurant experience, Colby Brock showcases her expertise at NoMa Social, where diners can enjoy Mediterranean tapas and sip on happy-hour martinis in a chic atmosphere. Dishes include hanger steak sliders, coconut shrimp, and a salmon flatbread.