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i'm alone and need a place to eat for dinner 2nite

prefer to go somewhere i can eat at the bar because, well it sucks to sit at a table by yourself in a nice restaurant. anywhere in manhattan is fine. last night went to momofuku siam and chikalicious for dessert. both were fantastic and very comfortable for a woman alone. would like something similarly on the "what's happening" radar.

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  1. Bar Boulud might be nice. Not sure how "happening" it is but it is newish - has great charcuterie.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Took that advice and tried B. Boulud. Appetizer of lightly pickled beets spritzed with fresh horseradish, followed by canard confit (roast duck) over mixed beans. Accompanied by two reds, the last a Crios Cabernet that finished very nicely. After some thought had Abricot Roti, an excellent pistachio cream with dollop of apricot sorbet serving as the topping of fresh roasted apricots. A couple light biscotti and slivers of apricots dried finished that dessert. Overall a pretty darn good dining experience, like a five dollar milkshake in Jackrabbit Slims, if you know what I mean. Not overly large portions, but I'm not part of obese America and disdain the huge portions of chain restaurants. These portions were right on the mark. I did have a late lunch, but left quite happy. The first red just didn't finish well and I asked for the Crios, and they didn't charge for the first. With tip came in under eighty. I'LL BE BACK! Now where have I heard that before?

    2. If you like seafood you could treat yourself to Pearl Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp in the village? Awesome (and expensive) lobster rolls at both. Counter dining at both as well. Being a Saturday night though, they will both be VERY crowded. You must be willing to either eat early, or wait for a single bar seat to open up (which probably wouldn't be a really ong wait)

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      1. I love soloing at Ushi Wakamura. It's peaceful, good music, insanely good sushi. The draft Sapporo is frigid and between the raw and the cooked, it's great fare.

        1. I like Upstairs at Bouley which is very eclectic but really good. They have a bar seating as well which shouldn't be too difficult to get a seat at.

          1. i love tailor. you can eat downstairs at the bar, but there would be no issue eating upstairs at a table either.

            pearl oyster bar is also an excellent option.

            one of the nice things about new york is no one looks askance at a solo diner.

            b. bar on the upper east side is a good option too

            1. Bar Room at the Modern. Amazing food and "Meyer" restaurants are known for not snubbing single diners.

              1. thanks everyone, i've decided to go to tailor. love the sweet/savory thing and since i'm here on business, i can splurge a bit. fyi. even in new york, it can be very uncomfortable as a woman dining alone.

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                1. re: jrnlmkr

                  I totally agree. I find it is best to bring a book or the paper so you have something to focus on rather then stare around at other diners.

                  1. re: bosun

                    I'm going to be a solo female in a week or so and I am going to sit, in the dining room (not the bar), at many nice restaurants. This will be a relatively new experience for me, but I don't care. And I don't plan on bringing a book. People watching, enjoying my food, chatting a little with my waitperson...maybe I'll come back and report it was horrible but I certainly hope not.

                2. ok, so tailor won. i went early because i'd read it can get crowded, but i turned out to be the only one in the whole restaurant, upstairs or down, so eating alone turned out to really mean alone. i ordered fried steak, i think flank, but was a bit buzzed from my wine, so really can't remember, but one of the cheaper cuts. it didn't occur to me when i was ordering fried really meant fried, actually dredged in flour and cocoa powder then plopped into oil for a few moments, then served with peas and eensy bits of cauliflower. it was delicious, albeit a bit tough, with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter flavor. the portion was perfect for a figure concious girl, although i often wonder if foodie men go home and eat a bag of doritos after a meal in a high end restaurant so they don't go to bed hungry. dessert was red pepper cake with corn bread ice cream, some sprinkles of, i think, corn bread, and some more peas. if i wasn't trying hard to act my age, i would have licked the plate. it was that good.

                  the nice bartender gave me a spoonful of soy caramel, basically low salt soy sauce cooked down with sugar after i questioned it being delicious. he was right. it was. and as soon as i get back to la, i'm going to fire up the viking and try to replicate the stuff.

                  all in all a very delicious meal. quite expensive, but worth the few extra bucks for some really inventive flavor combos. my only criticism was the nice, but not terribly professional crew; at this price, i expect crisp polished service, and to be honest, watching three bartenders eat m and m's and salty licorice was a bit amateur for my taste.