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Solo dinner (tasting) at Daniel...too weird?

flzhang Aug 3, 2010 06:57 PM

What do you guys think? I've never done such upscale solo dinner before; would they even let me make a reservation for one? Maybe M-Th when it's not as busy?

Which do you think would be most accommodating for a solo dinner--le bernadin, daniel, or jean george?

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    UES Mayor Aug 4, 2010 03:48 AM

    In a word.... yes!

    1. ellenost Aug 4, 2010 07:04 AM

      You should never feel "weird" about dining solo in any fine dining restaurant. I've done it numerous times (in NYC, Paris, and Las Vegas), and have always enjoyed myself. I'm not a fan of Daniel (snooty treatment by maitre d' by trying to seat my party at really bad tables both times I had dinner there). I'd recommend calling the restaurant directly. Sometimes on-line sites (OpenTable) don't show availability for solo diners.

      1. hcbk0702 Aug 4, 2010 07:15 AM

        I don't think it's weird at all. All three restaurants will treat solo diners very well.

        If you're nervous about having a table to yourself, Le Bernardin's bar serves the entire menu, including both tasting menus. They don't take reservations for the bar, but it shouldn't be difficult securing a seat. Daniel has a sizable bar/lounge area, but it's completely separated from the main dining room and has a different feel. Bar dining at Jean Georges wouldn't be possible since the bar is in Nougatine, not the main dining room.

        Jean Georges
        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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          flzhang Aug 4, 2010 07:40 AM

          Would EMP be better because they have a bar? Do people do tasting menus at the bar..?

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          1. re: flzhang
            hcbk0702 Aug 4, 2010 07:56 AM

            No. While EMP does have a nice bar, the full dinner menu is not served there, not even the basic 3 course prix fixe. The bar menu is completely different and is a la carte only (and really rather expensive for what it is).

            Out of the NYT 4 star restaurants, Le Bernardin and Daniel are the only ones that serve full dinner menus at their respective bars.

            Le Bernardin
            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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