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Best Restaurant Bars to Dine Alone

kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 08:38 AM


Visiting NYC for a conference for the first time. Staying in Times Square (I know, but that's where I have to stay, I can take a cab for food!). Want to eat at some of the great restaurants but dine alone at the bar. What are your favorite restaurant bars that offer great bar menus?

Thanks! Kimmie

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    bronwen RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 08:54 AM

    I would say The Modern, Gotham Bar & Grill, Oyster Bar at GCS, Keen's.

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      clashfan RE: bronwen Sep 14, 2007 09:04 AM

      Momofuku Noodle Bar

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      sharonm RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 09:18 AM

      Get in line to have dinner at the bar at Babbo.I had dinner at the bar last night and it was amazing. Gramercy Tavern, Hearth, and L'impero are fantastic also especially Hearth.

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        jimnorton RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 09:39 AM

        Otto has a GREAT bar to dine at. Very lively.

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          nikky RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 12:32 PM

          Gramercy Tavern, Keens, Babbo, Mary's Fish Camp. I also like the bar at the Palm on the westside, but others will disagree on that one.

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            foodshark73 RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 12:44 PM

            Union Square Cafe has an excellent bar with friendly bartenders and interesting other single diners to talk to (if you so desire). Maybe go on the early side, though, to avoid a long wait.

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              cricri7 RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 03:04 PM

              I had lunch at Ed's lobster bar on Lafayette alone and loved it. The lobster roll is good, I liked the one at BLT fish better but the place at Ed's is cool. They have a raw bar and the service was excellent when I went there.

              1. Brian S RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 04:09 PM

                I know you requested restaurants with bars, but isn't it better to eat at one of NY's top restaurants -- Jean-Georges to name one example -- and sit at a table and be treated like royalty, because that is how you will be treated, than to sit at a bar and risk having strangers try to strike up a conversation?

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                  Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: Brian S Sep 14, 2007 05:36 PM

                  JG has a bar and the best part about sitting at it is that you can order off both the JG menu as well as the Nougatine menus. And for the record, all the staff at JG will treat you in such a way that you will feel special.

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                    Brian S RE: Bottom Feeding Foodie Sep 15, 2007 01:42 PM

                    That's good to know. Since the bar is in the Nougatine room I always assumed you had to order off the Nougatine menu. I'd rather sit at a table though.

                2. daveena RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 07:10 PM

                  Degustation is all bar seating... wonderful Spanish small plates with some avant-garde flourishes.

                  Lupa is great for solo dining at the bar. Best during an off-hour (they're open all afternoon).

                  Also, not a bar per se... but Sushi Yasuda (sit at the bar, obviously, and request Yasuda when you make your reservation).

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                    sugakc69 RE: daveena Sep 14, 2007 07:34 PM

                    Sushi Yasuda is my ALL TIME FAVE sushi place but this is for true sushi eaters -- no funky rolls (which is something I am not a huge fan). It has the most amazing assortment of fish you will ever, ever have in your life. It is very authentic -- not like a Haru or Nobu. Another great place is Casa Mono or the bar next door in Gramercy. Amazing tapas and truly great wine.

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                    sugakc69 RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 07:31 PM

                    If you love oysters -- my fave place to sit at the bar for raw Oysters and wine (and they have a full seafood menu) is Aquagrill in Soho. Babbo is a great choice too....the most amazing Italian food. One thing you did not specify -- do you want resonable or you are on an expense account because some of the places above are a little pricy.

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                      kimmieokc RE: kimmieokc Sep 14, 2007 09:06 PM

                      This is some great info! Thanks so much for the suggestions. I will let you all know how it goes.


                      1. Brian S RE: kimmieokc Sep 15, 2007 01:45 PM

                        I've never been, for various reasons, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the famous place where everyone wants to sit at the bar and are disappointed if forced to sit at a table: Masa.

                        Most restaurants specializing in sushi are similar. See

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