Out-of-town Solo Dining
I'm in town for work from Los Angeles for a week. What are the best must-eats and new great restaurants that a solo diner can enjoy comfortably? On an expense account, so nothing too crazy but money isn't really a hindrance.
Staying mid-town but willing to go anywhere in Manhattan.
Was thinking bar at Babbo one night....
Yes to Babbo (though I prefer Lupa, especially at the bar).
Gramercy Tavern is a must (recently re-reviewed by NY Mag). And sticking with Danny Meyer, you'll probably like Blue Smoke - a nice comfortable bar and great pulled pork, sides, bourbon selection, etc.
Prune on 1st and 1st (about) is a good call for interesting American food in a "haven't seen this in LA" setting.
Maybe sit at a sushi bar somewhere? People say Morimoto's omakase is not to be missed if you can afford it.
Agree with pinkyswore on Robuchon at Four Seasons. You can also go to Bar at the Modern (located in MoMA), and if you like sushi then you can get the omakase at the sushi bar of Sushi Yasuda.
Craftbar is another option. Yes, Babbo is a must!
Le Steak on the UES. Eat at the bar and be entertained by the attractive yet curmudgeonly bartender, stay for the addictive cheese spread and crackers, savor their house made steak sauce, order their prime rib special if available, or discover their boozy mango sauce with their double thick pork chop. Go to Payard for dessert.