Recommendations for a woman dining alone in NYC (preferably at the bar)?
I am in a position to rekindle my love affair with NYC restaurants after an absence of many years. I am hoping to do a regular "tour" of excellent restaurants but am, quite frankly, intimidated at the idea of being "the woman eating alone at the bar". Does anyone have any good experience and recommendations in this regard? Are there any fun dining groups that maybe I could join?
BTW I am really not looking for a "pickup spot", just a good atmosphere and a great meal. Any advice is appreciated!
Women eat dinner alone at restaurant bars all the time in NYC - don't be intimidated - it's quite normal and common.
One really fun one is Hearth - at "the pass" - you're sitting looking right into the kitchen, and you're served by the chef. And the food is quite good.
403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
I have happily eaten solo at the bar at the Union Square Cafe and Grammercy Tavern ever since they opened. I am sure that any of the restaurants of the Danny Meyer group would be equally hospitable. (Complete disclosure: Yes, I do know Danny somewhat distantly. I would never announce that at one of his restaurants, though; it's just way not necessary, anyway.)
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003
This topic has been dealt with repeatedly on these boards, lgf, which leaves me a little puzzled that there're no references at the bottom of the page linking you to them. Do a search, perhaps, or wait for the C'Hound resident archivists to save the day for you.
P.S. "Dining groups" -now that's as good an idea as book groups! I suspect there are sub rosa groups of hounds who meet & dine together, but they're not easy to find. Then again, I don't tweet.
NYC is a great dining alone at the bar city...probably the best in the US...(Tokyo is wonderful too)...
A few places that come to mind: Gotham Bar and Grill, Ushi Wakamaru, Keens, and Scarpetta...i'd put Scarpetta at the top of the list...
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014