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Dinner/Happy Hour for a 1?

It is my first time visiting NYC and I will be getting in Thursday and have the day by myself until my friends arrive around midnight.
Looking for a nice place to get a meal at the bar of a restaurant (maybe for happy hour)
I am in my mid/late twenties and money really isn't an issue. I am thinking somewhere in Midtown or South but am open to all suggestions.

Thanks in advance

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  1. There are so many places to choose from that it would help narrow things down if we knew what cuisines you prefer. Also, do you want a very casual place or something a bit fancier?

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    1. re: RGR

      I like everything but I am going to try and go to Pearl Oyster Bar for lunch so maybe not seafood oriented. Not Mexican or BBQ. I would like a place with serious food but a fun atmosphere since I will be dining alone.
      Thanks.

      1. re: jturtle

        Good choice! Enjoy your time in NY.

        1. re: LFeinberg

          In that case, check out: Kittichai or 5 Ninth.

    2. Check out: Lure Fishbar, Agave, Barrio Chino, Kittichai, Japonais, Pipa

      1. The bar at Babbo might be good for you.

        1. Hi jturtle,

          If money and location isn't an issue, then I will suggest Bar at the Modern. It is located in MoMA so you can hit the museum at the same time. The food is delicious and too expensive. Decor is also terrific, great for young adults to hang out.

          1. the bar at gramercy tavern.