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Dec 16, 2007 01:35 PM

Bar seats for 1

Here's the situation:

-- I just broke up with my girlfriend.
-- I took the week off between Christmas and New Year's to go to Florida with her.
-- I canceled the Florida trip but am keeping my vacation.
-- I just came in to some expendable income due to fantasy football success.

So I figured over during x-mas week that I would treat myself to some nice dinners for one. I really enjoy sitting, eating, drinking at the bar, and was looking for some suggestions.

I think one of the meals will be at Gramercy Tavern. I don't want a place that treats bar eating like no-reservations overflow, e.g. Babbo. I'm really looking for places that embrace bar dining and have the bartenders, menu, and cocktails to match. All-in for 1 person I'm looking to spend about $100.

What are your favorites?

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  1. I will be in NY at the beginning of January and am looking to dine alone at some restaurants. This post could help me also because I started looking at some restaurants to go to. I would like your opinions on the following restaurants...and this could also help Sugar at the same time:)

    Bar Americain
    Brasserie 8 1/2
    The London bar
    Park blue
    Cafe des artistes

    Thanks in advance for your answers...They will help more than one person!

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    1. re: cricri7

      the bar at Cafe Des Artistes is a fun, elegant place for a cocktail (jackets required for men), but the food is overpriced and not really worth a full meal.

    2. I had an excellent meal at the bar at Spotted Pig a while back - definitely felt embraced! Squished, even! I'd also recommend eating at the bar at Allen & Delancey, for more aloof (but still gracious) service.

      1. Craft?? I did not eat at the bar but sat there for about an hour recently. It is a very comfortable space and I watched several people eating. Lots of attention from the bartender. I would eat there alone in a minute.

        1. I am a fan of Gotham for a solo bar dinner.

          1. telepan is good at the bar. as well as gramercy tavern, esca, bar americain and a host of others. why not babbo? barkeeps are friendly and the food comes from the same kitchen.