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Solo diner in Manhattan for Thanksgiving Day

originalfoodie Nov 8, 2007 02:26 PM

I will be alone on Thanksgiving Day this year and want to have a great meal at a nice restaurant, preferably one with a communal table or other comfortable situation where others will also be dining alone. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    RGR Nov 8, 2007 04:41 PM

    Sorry to hear that you will be solo on Thanksgiving Day, but I'm impressed that you aren't going to let that stop you from having a delicious meal. :-)

    Iirc, dbBistro Moderne has a communal table. They are serving Thanksgiving dinner, and the food is bound to be excellent. Worth checking out.


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      originalfoodie Nov 8, 2007 05:16 PM

      Thanks, RGR, but dbBistro Moderne has no openings (according to Open Table). Any other possibilities?

      1. re: originalfoodie
        RGR Nov 8, 2007 07:19 PM

        Restaurants often hold back tables from OpenTable. That may especially be the case with a communal table. So, to be absolutely certain that db is totally booked, give them a call.

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          originalfoodie Nov 9, 2007 07:52 AM

          I did just make a reservation at db Bistro Moderne for Thanksgiving, but since I've never been there the seating arrangement sounded a little odd to me--the reservationist said that they have several high-topped tables (with high chairs) seating from 2 to 6 people in what they called the bar area. It didn't sound so welcoming to me--have you (or anyone else) been there and could you tell me what it's like? What I had in mind was a regular table with regular chairs...Also, since I live on the Upper West Side, I'm interested in Telepan--anyone know what their communal seating is like? Again, thanks for all the input. I appreciate it.

          1. re: originalfoodie
            RGR Nov 9, 2007 01:10 PM

            Unfortunately, we haven't been to db in quite a long time. I'd actually never seen the communal table -- only heard about it. Obviously, if they ever did have one, they've dispensed with it. High tables seem more appropriate for bar snacking, not a formal dinner. And even if you are fine with that, are they going to put 2 to 6 solo diners at each table? Overall, it doesn't sound like a very inviting prospect. :-(

            Le Pain Quotidien has communal tables in all their locations. In fact, that's one of their main features. I have no idea if they're serving Thanksgiving dinner.

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              originalfoodie Nov 9, 2007 07:42 PM

              You read my mind, RGR! The communal tables at Le Pain Quotidien were exactly what I envisioned. I doubt they will be open on Thanksgiving, but I will check.

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      cimui Nov 8, 2007 06:31 PM

      Hey originalfoodie, this is a great site: http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/than...

      I'm thinking either Sylvia's or BLT Market or Telepan for me. I'm guessing that a lot of people will be in the same boat we are, so there won't be any weirdness at all about dining alone. It's actually a pretty darn good chance to meet some new folks in the city!

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        originalfoodie Nov 9, 2007 08:16 AM

        I just called Telepan, and they aren't having a communal table for Thanksgiving :(...

        1. re: originalfoodie
          cimui Nov 9, 2007 03:36 PM

          Ah, sorry, I just thought a communal table was preferable, not required. =(
          I'll keep my eyes peeled for you!

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        wolverinegal Nov 8, 2007 06:46 PM

        Hi -
        Holidays are a time to gather with others and I was sad to hear you don't have anyone to be with. I hope you have a nice time wherever you end up.

        I thought you might want to look into


        they sponsor events/meals/holidays for those who don't have plans - very affordable and "normal" people attend!

        this year they are organizing a thanksgiving dinner at Spring Street Natural.

        might be something worth looking into???

        have a great one!

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          cimui Nov 8, 2007 07:16 PM

          Thanks, wolverinegal. It is awfully sweet of you to post that! Please don't think it's always a sad thing, though. My folks live far from here, so I've almost always been a Thanksgiving "orphan" and hosted t-giving meals for other t-giving orphans. I actually enjoy it a lot: the emptiness of the city, rollerblading in the middle of a usually busy street, and most of all, bonding with other orphans. This year, for various reasons, I won't be able to host or see most of my crew, but that won't stop me (and it shouldn't stop anyone else!) from indulging, anyway. I look forward to a great meal ... if only I can pick which one! =)

          Do you have a favorite, of Sylvia's, Telepan, and BLT Market? Pretty different places...

          1. re: cimui
            Spiritchaser Nov 9, 2007 08:32 AM

            If you are okay without the communal table I would strongly recommend Telepan. Wonderful food, great service. I would imagine the TDay menu will be great.

            1. re: Spiritchaser
              originalfoodie Nov 9, 2007 08:40 AM

              They only had large tables (for large parties) available, so I'll try it another time.

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                Stuffed Monkey Nov 26, 2008 03:35 AM

                How about compromising and eating at the bar at Telepan?

          2. re: wolverinegal
            JungMann Nov 26, 2008 05:41 AM

            I am one of the few who is willing to admit that his lack of Thanksgiving plans is totally depressing! Which is why I planned on skulking away to Flushing to go on a solitary expedition exploring the Szechuanese food stalls at Golden Mall, but The Lunch Club sounds like an interesting idea! I will have to look into it --- thanks for the info!

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            Mike M Nov 9, 2007 07:40 AM

            Last year I went to Roy's in the Financial District by myself. I sat at their Chef's Table area (the counter facing the kitchen, and it was not uncomfortable at all, and was actually fun to interact with the chefs (as a biproduct got to taste alot of dishes that I did not order).

            1. jenniebnyc Nov 9, 2007 03:06 PM

              not sure if they will be serving on T-day but Bouchon Bakery has a nice communal table and good food. there is always a buzz in the Time Warner Center.

              note though: the table and chairs are cocktail height as they are at DB Bistro. Not sure why this is an issue, but just wanted to make you aware.

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                Nederlandslady Nov 24, 2008 10:58 PM

                Dear originalfoodie:

                I live in Netherlands, and find myself in NYC on Thanksgiving, also alone. Just found out that there is a dinner at Marseilles from 4 - 6 pm; this might be the answer. What do you think?

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                  Spiritchaser Nov 25, 2008 04:37 AM

                  Nederlandslady - I hate to be the one to disappoint but originalfoodie posted their message about Thanksgiving last year.

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                    elyseNY Nov 25, 2008 08:52 PM

                    Nederslandslady - there are still openings (OPENINGS!!!!) at Momofuku Ko for Thanksgiving dinner. Good luck and have a fabulous Thanksgiving (I'm almost ready to cancel family plans and go Ko)

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                    Blakekitty Nov 26, 2008 04:54 AM

                    I am in the same boat as you and was thinking of trying one of the nicer hotels in the city.
                    Most of the nicer hotels are bound to have a sit down dinner or buffet and there should be a few solo travelers that find themselves alone in the city.

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                      fredid Nov 26, 2008 04:43 PM

                      Well, I'm obviously late to the party - but it sounds like someone should call a chowdown! Choose someplace that won't be packed (as it's too late to get an actual head count) and a time, post it here, and see how many hounds show up! What a great way to spend a "food day"!!!

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