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Need recs for good places to eat alone in Manhattan

Hi there! I am from SF and am going to be in NYC for a week for the holidays. No one I know in NYC is quite as obsessed with tasty delights as I am, so I'm looking for some good places where I can have a lunch or two by myself.

Specifically, Japanese (real japanese, not rolls & tempura) & Indian food, the two types of cuisine I can never get anyone to eat with me. I'm also a huge fan of new american food, so I would love recs for that as well.

Thanks!!!

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  1. For Indian - loads of Indian restaurants on 58th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue (at least 4, I believe). I love the lunch buffet at Chola (total foodie friend took me and helped me navigate the buffet very well). They bring lots of appetizers to the table and the buffet itself is a deal - $13.95 or around that price, I believe. Waiters are attentive, lots of lunch business and always see people dining alone. Not a 'luxury' atmosphere but delish indian food.

    1. Oooh, I love Indian buffet! Thanks chownyc!

      1. I think Perry Street qualifies as new American, and lunch is $24!!!! I love it and I ALWAYS eat alone.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339446

        1. Have lunch at the bar at Sushi Yasuda. One of the best in the city. And a pleasant solo lunch.

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          1. re: gutsofsteel

            thanks! i've heard excellent things about that place, i think i will end up going there for a lunch this week, hopefully will get a seat at the bar.

          2. I am not sure about lunch, but I have had many dinners alone at Bar Masa. The food is excellent and the wait staff is very cordial.