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SF Woman Dining Alone, Dinner Rec Midtown

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redchair Jan 6, 2011 03:07 PM

I'm flying in from San Francisco on a Friday night, staying at the Sofitel on W. 44th. I would love a nice NY Italian dinner and a half bottle of wine at a place where I would not feel weird eating alone, somewhere not too far from my hotel. Any suggestions? (Favorites in SF for guidance: Zuni, Nopa, Bar Tartine, Aziza).

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Tartine
253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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    bhsnyc RE: redchair Jan 6, 2011 03:14 PM

    that's a tough area for good food, but consider Batali's Esca http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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    Esca
    402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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      redchair RE: bhsnyc Jan 6, 2011 03:26 PM

      What would you recommend if I were willing to go a little further afield? Many thanks!

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        fm1963 RE: redchair Jan 6, 2011 03:30 PM

        Alto, Convivio, Lincoln, and Marea are all midtown, though I'm not sure whether they are similar to your Italian favorites in SF.

        Ai Fiori is another option, though the food seems more French than Italian, except for the pasta.

        If you're willing to go downtown, Scarpetta, Babbo, Maialalino, Osteria Morini, and Lupa would be my top choices.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Convivio
        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          berna RE: fm1963 Jan 7, 2011 02:28 PM

          I second, third and fourth Marea. Just made a resy for when my bro from San Fran comes out next month. You will be very comfortable as one at the bar and the food is off the charts, imho!

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          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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      AdamD RE: redchair Jan 6, 2011 03:46 PM

      Cafe Linda. Cellini. Fresco by Scotto. Alto.

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      Fresco by Scotto
      34 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

      1. daveena RE: redchair Jan 6, 2011 04:13 PM

        Looks like you're aiming for a comfortable, casual vibe friendly to solo diners, bar seats a plus - I'll second Lupa (there's usually a wait during peak dining hours, but as a solo diner, you're at an advantage), and add Salumeria Rosi to the list (it's further uptown, but also west side, so easy to get to from where you're staying). Public transportation in NYC is way better than in SF, so I wouldn't restrict yourself to your immediate neighborhood.

        Of the places listed in this thread that I've been to, I think Esca, Alto, Marea, and Convivio are all more formal than what you're looking for, and I didn't find sitting at the bar at Babbo very relaxing.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Esca
        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

        Convivio
        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        Salumeria Rosi
        283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          penthouse pup RE: daveena Jan 7, 2011 05:23 PM

          Lupa is a madhouse during prime hours. I would not recommend this...

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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            daveena RE: penthouse pup Jan 7, 2011 05:55 PM

            Oh yeah, plus it's going to be on a Friday night. Scratch Lupa. I've been during prime hours before and found it ok once I got a bar seat (as opposed to Babbo, where I kept feeling elbows and purses digging into me the entire time), but dealing with the crowd after a long flight's probably not ideal.

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            Lupa
            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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          AubWah RE: redchair Jan 7, 2011 11:59 AM

          Do Esca its close by and great seafood!

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          Esca
          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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            jillsunnyside RE: redchair Jan 7, 2011 06:46 PM

            Prune! Of course!!

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              Blakekitty RE: redchair Jan 8, 2011 04:05 AM

              I've had good luck dining alone at Bar Americain..the bar can get busy..but they
              have dining friendly bar stools with backs and the service is always good.
              52nd near 7th.

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                dafunk RE: redchair Jan 8, 2011 08:50 AM

                The bar at Marea. Get the fusilli, it's indescribably good

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                Marea
                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                1. NigelTufnel RE: redchair Jan 8, 2011 04:00 PM

                  Convivio is your best bet with a cute little bar that is perfect for a solo diner. An easy 10 minute stroll east. Alto is also up the block and very good too. Marea is tough to get in to.
                  As for Lupa, I suspect that the commenters recommending it haven't been in a while. It USED to be great, but the Denton partners sold and it's pretty mediocre over the last year or so. Enjoy wherever you end up!

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                  Lupa
                  170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                  Convivio
                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                  Marea
                  240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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