Anyone have favorite upscale spots to hit up for lunch if they are dining solo? Its generally sushi or anywhere I can sit at the bar but was curious if anyone had any favorites where they treat you right. Lately I like Tia Pol, Fatty Crab, and Mesa Grill.
For low-key at the bar dining, my favorite is the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern. The bartenders are all excellent. I don't like Union Square Cafe quite as much, but it is also very popular for bar-dining and very good.
For table service, my current favorite is Jean-Georges. I think it's an unbeatable combination for food and service, especially for the lunch price. (I believe Nougatine offers bar-dining, although I haven't tried it yet).
In the past, my favorite for table service was Aureole, but they changed chefs earlier this year, and while not my favorite at the moment, it's still excellent as well.
If you like upscale solo dining, you can try Jean George's restaurants which offer prix-fixe of $24 - $28, either the original or Perry St.
Fleur de Sel also has a bargain fixe prix-fixe lunch.
For sushi, Sushi Yasuda and Kuruma Zushi are upscale sushi that open for lunch. You can even get omakase at that time.
Other choices include:
Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park all have bar areas (Tavern Room for GT) which are perfect for solo dining.
Craft Bar, Keens, Del Posto, and less upscaled Lupa and Otto are all open for lunch and great for solo diners.
Lastly, my favorite, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon.