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Jul 11, 2007 03:01 PM

Solo for Restaurant Week

I'm a mid-twenties gal who is happily single but missing the scrumptious dining experiences that go along with dating. I'm comfortable eating solo at a taqueria or dim sum hall, but I rarely can justify the cost and pomp of fine dining when I'm all by my lonesome. I know that many on this board will poo-poo Restaurant Week as being the time when restaurants will trot out mediocre, dumbed-down food for the unwashed masses, but I'm going to look at it as an opportunity for me to have a delicious meal without waiting around for a handsome prince to sweep me off my feet. I'm looking for a place where I can treat myself to a nice meal but not be made to feel uncomfortable or rushed because I'm by myself. Eating at the bar would be fine. I'm a teacher on summer vacation, so I have all the time in the world for either lunch or dinner anywhere in Manhattan that's close enough to a subway that I can arrive without being drenched in sweat.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. Hey, savina,

    You might want to keep in mind that many restaurants will be continuing the RW special menu until Labor Day. So, since you will be on vacation through the summer, you can take advantage of these bargains even after RW is over. And, of course, there are many upscale restaurants that have special prix-fixe lunch menus all year round.

    As far as where to go during RW, your best bet is to look through the list of participating restaurants, choose which might appeal to you, then post here again for opinions. Then, once you've decided, either use OpenTable or call the restaurants directly to see if a table is available.

    Here's the list on the NYC&Co. site:

    And here's the list on OpenTable:

    1. The menus for Gramercy Tavern and Park Avenue Summer look great! I can email them to you if you'd like?

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      1. re: kam0424

        Are the menus for the Restaurant Week restaurants posted somewhere? I haven't found them. Thanks.

        1. re: foodiewannabe

          No, I email or call the restaurant directly and they are very good about getting the menu to you.

          1. re: foodiewannabe

            Some restaurants like Aureole posted their RW menu...

          2. re: kam0424

            I'd love that, kam! My email is _laurenco@gmail.com_ (just take out the _'s)

            Opentable said Gramercy Tavern is booked, but that I could do a walk-in at the Tavern Room. Am I likely to find a seat that way?

            1. re: savina

              The Tavern Room never takes reservations. They are generally less busy and tables are usually immediately available during off-hours, e.g., 3-5 p.m.; however, during RW, there might still be a wait. You can also dine at the bar.

              1. re: savina

                I emailed them to you, but the park ave summer ones came up corrupt on my home computer. If you still want those, let me know and i'll email them from work. Enjoy!

            2. Hi savina,
              I'm an early 20s female but I don't mind eating alone just because I'm impatient to find a date or a friend who is adventurous of an eater as I am for a particular restaurant.

              Anyways, I agree with RGR. If you happen to find a reservation on a certain date you're here in the city go for it; depending upon who's available since several participating restaurants I find are not appealing to most of us 'hounders (I think). Most of the great places such as Eleven Madison Park, would be booked by now if you are here next week or so.

              The ones who are participating beyond the set RW that I highly recommend is Aureole and Fleur de Sel.

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              1. re: chocokitty

                Just to note that I believe after RW, Fleur de Sel's 3-course lunch prix-fixe will revert to its year round price of $29.


                1. re: RGR

                  Oh, right. I forgot that. Thanks for the reminder.

              2. I enjoyed the RW lunch at Mesa Grill this winter. Wrote review at A solo diner was sitting next to us and seemed to enjoy the experience. We were all seated in the front area with a large window to enjoy people watching. The solo diner was not put in some distant corner-was impressed by their warm and inviting service and would definitely feel comfortable dining there on my own.

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                1. re: fayth

                  I enjoyed your review, fayth. Mesa Grill was one of the places I was considering. I found the Restaurant Week menu online, and it sounds delicious. I enjoy southwestern flavors like black beans, tamales, and lots of cilantro, so I might have to check it out! I'll report back on the experience if i do.