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Eating out Alone in NYC

I'm staying in New York for a little while by myself and need some good places to eat. I'm a young female on a budget, and so far it's been a bit tricky finding places where I feel comfortable dinning alone. I'm staying in the UWS and spend most of my time here or in Midtown, but I'm willing to head to other areas if the place is really worth it.

I'm open to all types of food, though I'm not a big sushi fan. Also, I've been dying to find a really great diner-type place that serves breakfast all day. I'm know there's a million out there, I just don't know which ones are worth my time.

Thanks!

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    1. i'd go hog wild during restaurant week!

      btw, ate there last week: carnegie deli's pastrami was fantastic. sandwich big enough for two (hungry) people, as was the greek salad. there had to be at least 1/2 lb. feta cheese on that baby. only oil and vinegar dressing, though, and it had carrots! be prepared to take home a doggie bag if you don't like to see a lot of wasted food.

      1. Two good places I've found when dining alone:
        Small budget: Republic, eating at the bar overlooking the frenzied kitchen
        Big budget: L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon eating at the bar overlooking the zen-like kitchen.

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        1. re: Spends Rent on Food

          Republic is a good sugestion, but if kitkat is midtown/uws, i dont think it's worth going to US for.

        2. Bar Boulud might be a good option - sitting at the bar. Wonderful charcuterie, etc. - but depends on your budget (their menu is available on line). I don't eat alone much any more, but I'd be comfortable (as a woman) doing that. Also, if you like sea food, you could head to the Village to Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp for a lobster roll and/or lots of other wonderful seafood. I see lots of single diners at both places.

          1. For your breakfast all day diner, the Frontier has that old school New York vibe and is within ear shot of Midtown