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NYC Chowhounder looking for solo dining

Hi everyone -

I'm going to be in town Thurs. night on business and am looking for someplace around Copley that's solo-dining friendly for dinner.

A little more detail: hoping for someplace where I can grab a seat at a bar and have a great meal (I'm looking for salads, pastas, etc.); I'm a pseudi-vegeterian. Price isn't an issue but I'd prefer someplace that's not a mob scene.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Azure and Citiy Bar in the Lenox, Bar 10 in the Westin, Laurel on Berkeley St., Jae's on Boylston.

    1. I would check out the menus on-line for Sorrelina and #9 Park. You'd have to cab to #9. Both are very good solo dining options at the bar. The bartending at #9 is top notch and the food and atmosphere are very good at both places. Sorrelina is larger and more of a "scene".

      1. I think the Delux, the Butcher Shop (despite being, ahem, a butcher shop, they also have other exceptional, non-meat choices), or the Franklin would all be great options for great bar seating plus great meals, and all are a close walk into the South End from Copley, and all reasonably priced. If you're like me when you travel, you'd enjoy these lively spots that are accomodating if you just want to belly up with a good read, or just as easily engender opportunities for conversations with strangers...

        For the record, I made a similar request to the NY Chow board a few weeks ago, and had an excellent overall experience- food, wine, service, conversation with strangers at the bar at Babbo! Cheers to tapping into the local flavors!

        1. I often dine alone at the bar at Turner Fisheries in the Westin Hotel (Copley) I like the food, the bartender is friendly without being nosy, they have great wines by the glass, and their food is creative. If you don't eat fish, there are lots of veggie oriented diehes to choose from.

          1. I would agree with the Sorellina and #9 Park recommendations. The Butcher Shop is one of my neighborhood staples but I personally haven't found that they have much in the way of non-meat items. For solo dining at a bar, I most often find myself at B&G Oysters for oysters and a lobster roll or at Douzo for sushi.

            1. it's restaurant week here in boston, so places are going to be very busy, with those waiting for tabels being corralled into the bar.

              sorrelina and mistral are not participating and i don't think douzo is either. i'd try those places.

              1. Wow, thanks for all of the responses!

                Great that it's restuarant week, will have to check out the partcipating places.

                I haven't been to Boston for a few years but am glad to see some of my old places mentioned in this chain: Deluxe, Bar 10, Lauel, Turner Fisheries, and Jae. Those places bring back memories and all would be great choices.

                I've been wanting to check out Butcher Shop and Azure so those are strong possibilities. Looks like I've got some research to do on menupags now. Thanks for all of the recommendations....

                1. Try Mistral- it has a fun bar scene, but not overwhelming, and the food is amazing!!! Now I'm in the mood to go :)

                  Here is a link to the website:


                  And one directly to the menu:


                  There are plenty of choices for a vegetarian- and they are very accommodating so I'm sure that you can make substitutions.

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                  1. As a side note, a few places that I always wanted to try as a cash strapped student in Boston were: Icarus, Mistral and Clio. Maybe next time. I'm already bummed that I won't have enough time for Bartley's, Bristol Lounge, A La Carte in Fanuiel Hall or the Trident Booksellers (an old favorite).

                    I am, though, planning a breakfast at The Federalist. What's the genreal consensus for the Federalist. Yay or Nay?

                    And BostonBarGuy - congrats on eating at Babbo! You're a step ahead of me and I've lived in NYC for 5 years now!

                    1. I've never had breakfast at the fed, however if it is anything like their dinner I would say that it will be great- You probably get a ton of this in ny, but their tuna sashimi is amazing.

                      The Brunch , as would be expected, has a few more choices: