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Where to dine (alone) "At the Bar" in Tribeca?

I just moved to Tribeca (Duane street between Church & B-Way), and need to find some new regular dinner spots. I eat out every night, and when I am alone I generally prefer to eat at the bar (I don't like sitting by myself at a table).

Any recommendations on good spots for dining alone in my neighborhood? I'm NOT talking about "bar food" meaning sandwiches and french fries. I mean nice restaurants that have a nice bar, people to socialize with, and really good food. I prefer places where it's common for others to eat at the bar, so I'm not the only one doing so.

Thanks in advance for any advice!


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  1. Blaue Gans, Upstairs, Petite Abeille

    1. In addition to Lucia's suggestion, there is also Fresh, a very underrated seafood restaurant.

      1. I'm a big fan of the bar at Blaue Gans.

        In addition to the ideas already noted, I'd recommend Aurora Soho. It's on Broome, technically Soho, but only 10 blocks from where you live. I actually prefer their bar area to the tables, as it's in the front of the restaurant by the big open doors that open onto the street. The menu changes frequently, but features seasonal, fresh and simply prepared Italian. It's reasonably priced as well. For example, some dishes I enjoyed included a starter of fried artichokes and white bean salad ($10) and an entree of pappardelle with veal cheeks and asparagus ($16)


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        1. re: lchang

          Is the Tribeca Grill still going strong - it's got a nice bar.

          1. re: lchang

            i checked out the Aurora website...great menu (there are like 7 appetizers that sound highly yummy)...i'd never heard of this restaurant but i shall try it this week...thanks for the suggestion

          2. I second Fresh. And there's always City Hall, if you're feeling flush!

            1. the harrison-great food, awesome bar to dine at, fantastic bartenders (that seem to always be able to tell if you want to chat or be left alone)

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              1. Landmarc on W Broadway has a small bar but does meet your criteria. I would also suggest the Odeon as you can get food until midnight. Hope those help.

                    1. Thought of another place. Haven't been in awhile but I used to like Azafran (tapas). They had a date and shrimp tapa I adored. Especially good for dining alone at the bar. They used to have a guitarist one night, might be too much of a scene/crowded that night for dining at the bar.

                      1. Just a quick note to say thanks to all who replied. This is a really great community! I've now got a list of 11 recommendations and plan to try them all out.

                        Thanks again, and keep the ideas coming if anyone has more!


                        1. IIRC, Next door Nobu has a sushi counter.

                          1. Blaue Gans is excellent for lunch at the bar. Great selection of Austrian and German beers. Big portions, and great Austrian cuisine, if you like schnitzel.

                            1. ah..a question close to my heart! i live in the area and eat out every night as well.

                              i second odeon! they're always very nice at the counter, and you can sit and read the newspaper. the food is very good (although i admit a little expensive for the portions) - particularly the heirloom tomato salad, the corn/trufflle ravioli, and the donuts (especially the donuts..they're always served fresh out of the oven or wherever it is you cook donuts). chances are there are other people at the bar sitting and eating alone, so it doesn't feel lonely. its a very congenial place

                              dekkt on duane and west broadway is also very nice - they have outdoor seating underneath the shade, and a nice bar inside with movies projected on the walls. their pastas are good and the wines are decent. relatively inexpensive (for Tribeca) and it has a nice laid-back neighborhood feel. sit outside if you can - very pretty in the summer.