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One dining opportunity near the Essex House.

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I will be attending a conference in the city at the end of the month, and will be in and out quickly. My one chance to squeeze in a dining experience will be to duck out of the cocktail reception on Wednesday night a little early and make a 9pm reservation somewhere near the Essex House. I will likely be solo.

I want a restaurant close that would be memorable and accomodating for a solo diner. I don't mind eating at the bar. It has been a long time since I have been to New York and I am completely out of touch with the restaurant scene.

I am sure there are many wonderful choices. Price is no object. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Both Jean-Georges and Per Se are just a couple of blocks away - I don't know if Per Se can accomodate singles but that would be a fabulous choice. I haven't been to JG yet, but it receives raves pretty consistently.

    1. The bar at South Gate is nice and the food is great. The bar at Nougatine (inside Jean Georges) is awesome. The best tasting bar snacks, excellent drinks (especially the sodas) and the food can be to die for if you order right. Whatever you do don't watse your time at San Domenico or Cafe Gray.

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      1. re: cubanat

        Thanks for the recs. I ended up getting into the city in time to have lunch at South Gate in the hotel. Everything was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive, the restaurant is pretty, Kerry Heffernan was doing table visits and my three course lunch was spot on. Asparagus salad, Spiced cod, and a blood orange sorbet dessert that was spectacular. Unfortunately my visit for dinner at Nougatine was a disappointment. The hostesses did not seem to understand English. I sat at the bar, and the three bartenders were more interested in chatting with each other than serving any of the guests. It was a chore to make eye contact, and then once when I did, the BT said "Do you need something?". I could see this was going to be like pulling teeth, so I just went straight to the entree. The Red Snapper in Lemongrass broth was completely bland and a little overcooked. Oh well, one out of two ain't bad.

      2. San Domenico restaurant. The chef is great and the restaurant is very close to the Essex House 1 block.