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Dec 28, 2007 07:55 AM

Saturday Night : Help For Dinner For One

Going to be alone in Manhattan tomorrow night and looking for recommendations of a suberb meal that I can sit at a bar (rather than alone at a table) and enjoy the food and the atmosphere.

I was thinking along the lines of Babbo (not sure if I can get a seat at the bar on a Saturday night, but willing to wait).

Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

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  1. Gotham is a great place to sit at the bar.

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    1. re: Toot

      or go Spanish - Tia Pol or Casa Mono are both good choices. Or even, though not Spanish, Prune (do they still have a bar menu? it cracked me up that they had a bar menu when the bar is about two inches from the other 10 tables)

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        1. I like the high tops in the bar area of db Bistro Moderne. I also happen to love the food.

          1. The bar in the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern would be a good choice.


            Veritas just across the street is another good option. We haven't been there since Chef Ed Cotton took over the kitchen. However, someone recently posted about a very positive experience dining at the bar there. Scroll down on this thread:

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            1. re: RGR

              I'm bumping this up because I'm in the same boat. My plans just fell through and I'll probably be dining alone tomorrow evening (Wed.). I'm staying at the Marriott Marquis and thinking about DB Bistron Moderne because it's convenient. I'd love other suggestions. I don't mind travelling as long as it's a relatively easy subway ride. I haven't been in the city for a few years and I'm not super-conversant with the subway system. Thanks!

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                A couple of options for bar dining a short walk from the Marriott Marquis:

                Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St. Attractive, bustling brasserie with excellent French/Mediterranean cuisine.


                Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. Well-prepared, very tasty homestyle Italian food served in a pleasant setting.


                1. re: RGR

                  Thanks for the Marseille rec. I didn't feel like heading downtown (my original plan) so I walked over there in the frigid cold and had a very nice meal at the bar. It's a fun lively place and the food is good, though not terribly exciting. I had a couple glasses of wine, a good endive salad and a delicious but very rich shortrib dish with parsnip puree and poached pears. All in all, very nice, easy, and pleasant as a solo diner. The price was relatively reasonable too. All that came to about $60.

                  1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                    Thanks for reporting back, Hungry. Glad to hear you had a good experience at Marseille. I agree that the atmospherics are great for a solo diner. In fact, I've sometimes seen them at a table, and they always receive excellent treatment from the wait staff. I don't think a brasserie's menu is meant to be "exciting," but the food should be just as it is at Marseille, solidly prepared and, as you said, delicious. Short ribs with parsnip puree? I haven't had that there, but it's definitely the perfect dish for a frigid winter's evening. :-)

                    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                      I have found Marseille to be more satisfying and delicious than "exciting". Which raises a good question - where in the theater district can you find an exciting meal? My most exciting 2007 meals were at Pikayo in Puerto Rico and at Falai on the LES. Degustation was a runner up. I have not been to Per Se yet and plan to go to Robuchon next. But then again, this topic could be another thread . . .

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident


                        I agree that this could be the topic for another thread. But you'd have to define the geographical boundaries of the "Theater District."