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Jan 17, 2011 01:36 PM

Tips for solo dinner Midtown Manhattan (near The Dream hotel)

Hello to all,

Visiting New York from Toronto this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday. I am landing much earlier than anyone else in my party and want to make reservations for a solo dinner on the Wednesday night.

I'm not afraid to roam a bit, but something not all that far from my hotel (The Dream at 210 W 55th Street) would be ideal.

Something with seats at the bar would be fantastic. I'm open to any kind of cuisine, but I'd definitely prefer an option that's nicer than "hole-in-the-wall."

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Very much appreciated.


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  1. The Palm at 8th Avenue and 50th Street, can dine at the Bar. check their web site for the menu. Joe Allen's is on West 46th street where you can dine solo at the Bar but try after 8pm. always have the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station (serve to 9:30pm) where you can dine in front of the steam table where the pan roast is made. The antipasti bar at Trattoria Dell' Arte on Seventh Avenue accross from Carnegie Hall is always great and fun. enjoy your visit to NYC

    Joe Allen
    326 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: martyl9

      Thanks very much - I'll check out these options online!

      1. re: martyl9

        Isn't the Palm a chain restaurant?

      2. Price range? Any specific cuisines you want to have? You could have a very nice dinner at some of the best restaurants in town if you want that.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Hi Kathryn, I believe I just read through a great post you left in response to someone else with a very similar request.

          I'm very much open to any cuisine - I'm more concerned about finding something with personality. Preferred price range would be around/below $30.00 for an entree.

          Definitely don't need a place where jackets are required :)

          Thanks again (and to all others who have left selections - love Chowhound when I am on the road).

        2. Marea serves the full menu at the bar. Other good options include Alto, Lincoln, Bar Boulud, and The Modern Bar Room.

          Le Bernardin would be the ultimate in high end bar dining (jacket required).

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

          Bar Boulud
          1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

          1. Todd English's Food Hall doesn't get too much attention around here, but I think it's a great place to go for dinner, especially alone.

            1. Really appreciate all of the responses. Ended up having to make a quick side-trek to The Village for business and happened to walk by Babbo as I was returning to the subway. Was able to grab a seat at the bar and had a great time/meal.

              Started with cockles with basil and chilis and finished with the beef cheek ravioli w/squab liver.

              Very enjoyable experience.

              Thanks again.

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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              1. re: jgloverwork

                Babbo is great. Glad you had a chance to try it.

                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                1. re: jgloverwork

                  Glad you enjoyed your meal! Thanks for reporting back.