There are a myriad of reasons why New Yorkers dine alone, a late meeting, a reprieve from a roommate or significant other or just a desire to concentrate on a great meal and contemplate the day.
Whether you are single or just want to dine alone, New York City is the ideal place to find the food, service and atmosphere to enjoy a solitary meal.
Here are 5 excellent choices for solo dining in NYC:
One of our favorite seasonal choices is Dirt Candy located at 86 Allen Street that showcases the skills of Chef Amanda Cohen, who has the ability to change vegetables into culinary genius. Dirt Candy combines fun, comfort and great food. They are hosting a solo dining week from February 9th through February 16th, giving solo diners a chance to enjoy a special tasting menu of six miniature courses and a glass of Prosecco for $65. Make a reservation at www.dirtcandy.com to nab one of the ten special seats, and enjoy this solo dining opportunity.
Chef Danny Meyer always succeeds in making every solo diner feel respected and two of our favorite solo dining choices are his concepts. If you’re lunching alone and desire a memorable meal and outstanding service, then the Tavern room at Gramercy Tavern (www.gramercytavern.com) located at 42 E. 20th Street is the ideal place for you.
Try the delectable grass-fed burger served on a whole wheat bun with ramp mayo (if you are very lucky, you will find it in season), or try their decadent $60 seasonal tasting menu – worth every bite.
Leave it to Danny Meyer to turn the basement of a museum (www.untitledatthewhitney.com) into a farm to table casual, relaxed restaurant with top-tier service, good ambiance and great food. Be sure to finish with the triple chocolate chip cookie and milk, or sticky toffee cake. Since Untitled is located next to the Hudson River and The Highline, when dining solo, choose a window seat in lieu of the bar and enjoy the outstanding view with glass up to the ceiling. Untitled at the Whitney is located at 99 Gansevoort St.
The best bar stool in NYC for solo dining and great people watching is Balthazar located at 80 Spring St. This take on a French Bistro has a great bar with awesome traditional bistro food and is ideal for enjoying a solo dining experience from breakfast to a late night supper. If you are finishing a late meeting, Balthazar’s after hour’s menu includes an awesome raw bar with oysters, clams and shrimp by the piece, great hor d’oeurves, including soups and salads and exceptional burger choices. Balthazar also offers an excellent wine menu either by the glass, half bottle or carafe, in a vibrant, lively atmosphere that will lighten your mood. www.balthazarny.com
Sushi bars are always a great choice for solo dining and also happen to be the best seats in the house. Watching the art of sushi making while enjoying a sake, makes solo dining an artistic experience. We suggest Ushiwakamaru located at 136 W. Houston St. in Greenwich Village. This casual subterranean space offers unique outstanding sushi at fair prices. If you want to splurge, go for the omakase (the chef’s tasting menu) and enjoy. www.ushiwakamarunyc.com
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