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Aug 5, 2010 05:20 PM

Good Places to Eat Alone

I'll be visiting Boston for several days and the majority of the time after business hours I will be venturing out on my own.

I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions on where one might go for dinner alone and not feel "out of place" so to speak? I'll be staying in the North End area, but I'm open to any and all suggestions within walking distance to this general area. I'm open to bar seating or restaurant seating. Also, are there any good places around the North End to grab a drink and a bite to eat after work?

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  1. I like Neptune Oyster in the North End. Their hot buttered lobster roll is very good. You can eat at the bar if you're alone but be advised there's usually a wait.

    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    1. I agree Neptune is a good choice -nice bar and lively atmosphere. I don't think you would feel uncomfortable anywhere really, the North end is so busy most times it will be great people watching. I like to sit at the bar (actually when eating alone and with others). Another place I like is Sel de la terre (there is a location on the water near the Aquarium and one in Back Bay on Boylston), both have a nice bar area.

      1. For drinks I'll suggest heading to the roof at Fiore or walking down the street to The Times' patio.

        For casual try the North Street Grille for a burger, Waterfront Cafe or Pushcart for pizza. If you want something nicer in the North End- Prezza, Lucca, Monica's, and Pomodoro.

        Short walk into the city- Woodward Tavern, Marliave, Stoddard's, Silvertone, Troquet, and Teatro.

        24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Lucca Restaurant
        226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        North Street Grille
        229 North St, Boston, MA 02113

        1. Regina's on Thacher in the North End for the best pizza in Boston. I'd recommend minimal toppings to let the taste come through, and make sure to ask for it well-done if you like a crispy crust. And they have Peroni on draft as a bonus!

          There is often a line, but when I'm alone and willing to sit at the bar I've never had to wait. Be aware that if you sit at the bar you are likely to be pulled into conversation with the staff or other diners, so if you're determined to have a quiet meal you'd probably be better to wait for a booth, but for me the chats are a part of the whole experience. This is where I go to have my faith in humanity restored - followed by a stop at Modern Pastry for cannoli or sfogliatelle and cappuccino, and a take-home bag of awesome biscotti. Enjoy your stay!

          Modern Pastry
          257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

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          1. re: TimTamGirl

            Ernesto's, Waterfront, and Santarpio's in eastie are all better than Regina's. Skip the hype.

          2. Many good suggestions here, especially if you are going to sit at the bar which is my preference when alone. Neptune for some fried clams or oysters; Waterfront Cafe for pizza; Prezza for something more upscale. I also very much like the bar at Artu in the North End. Reginas bar is great, and I think anyone who hasn't been should make a stop here, just to see what the hype is about. Be sure to ask for your pie well done.

            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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            1. re: Pegmeister

              I guess I can agree with the Regina's experience argument. But better pizza elsewhere, IMO.

              I would definitely suggest heading at least one spot downtown. North End is cool but you'll be missing out if you don't explore DT.