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Looking for great food in NYC where you can eat alone at the bar...suggestions?

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    1. A very large number of very good restaurants have bar seating. Some have a different bar menu (Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, etc.), others have the regular menu available (Le Bernardin, Craft, Blue Hill, WD-50, etc.). What is your price range? What type of food are you looking for? The more info we have the more we can help.

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      WD-50
      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Blue Hill
      75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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

      Craft
      43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: nmprisons

        those are some good suggestions....Italian, asian, but lively. Thanks

        1. re: jeannied

          For Italian, 2nd Babbo. Would add Scarpetta, Maialino, Locanda Verde, Osteria Morini. With the latter two being the most lively IMO.

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          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Osteria Morini
          218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: kathryn

            Have been to Babbo and Locanda I will google the others and thanks again

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: jeannied

              Here is a list I wrote a while ago for another thread:

              Here's some places (not super formal but not super casual either) where you can drop in and get a good meal at the bar:

              Babbo - you might have to wait for a seat, or you could go to Scarpetta, both serve the full menu at the bar but Babbo won't do a tasting for the solo diner, Lupa and Otto are also solo diner friendly, especially at the bar
              Hearth - you can eat at the bar or ask for "the pass"... Terroir is next door as well if you want some wine and bites to eat.
              Minetta Tavern - go early or really late
              Prune - but the bar is pretty tiny
              Po - ditto
              Jeffrey's Grocery - they have a good sized bar and specialize in oysters, sandwiches, etc
              Joseph Leonard - sister restaurant to Jeffrey's Grocery, the bar is neat in that dependent upon whereyou are, you can look into the kitchen or are a level up from half of the dining room and look out onto the street, don't miss the brussels sprouts with Sriracha if you go
              Fedora - other sister restaurant to Jeffrey's/Joseph Leonard, their fried chicken with the claw still attached is delicious
              Smith & Mills - tiny place but the bar has like 8 seats
              Locanda Verde - the bartenders are great, you can order off the full menu, too
              Pearl Oyster Bar - nearly 1/2 of the restaurant is counter seating anyway
              Momofuku Ssam Bar - also solo diner friendly
              Momofuku Noodle Bar - ditto, actually I bet any of the ramen places could accommodate you, like Ippudo
              DBGB or Bar Boulud - although I think the seating set up at DBGB at the bar is kind of funky
              Gramercy Tavern - the bar and casual front room have a nice vibe to them, it's a la carte unlike the formal dining room
              Bar Room at the Modern - great atmosphere but it can get a bit loud
              Union Square Care - they save the bar and some walk in tables for those without reservations
              Txikito or El Quinto Pino - Most of EQP is counter style dining anyway
              Casa Mono - also solo diner friendly and you won't have a long wait if you're a party of 1 at an off hour
              John Dory Oyster Bar & the Breslin - both newer restaurants by the chef of The Spotted Pig, both very popular
              Perilla - I think you can order off the full menu, this is Harold from Top Chef's place, also I think his new Thai joint, Kin Shop, has a bar with full menu dining but it's very popular and you might need to wait for a bar seat
              Maialino - although they don't serve the full dinner menu at the bar in the front room, it's an attractive and comfortable space, and lots of people watching opportunities
              Osteria Morini - I haven't been yet but friends have reported having a great meal at the bar there, also I believe they have vermouth on tap

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              Lupa
              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              Pearl Oyster Bar
              18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

              Perilla
              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              Po
              31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

              Gramercy Tavern
              42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              Hearth
              403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

              Union Square Cafe
              21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

              El Quinto Pino
              401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

              Otto
              1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

              Momofuku Noodle Bar
              171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Prune
              54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

              Bar Boulud
              1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

              Ippudo
              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Terroir
              413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

              Fedora
              239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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

              Txikito
              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

              Smith & Mills
              71 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              DBGB
              299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

              Joseph Leonard
              170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

              The Breslin
              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              Kin Shop
              469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Osteria Morini
              218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

              Jeffrey's Grocery
              172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

              The John Dory Oyster Bar
              1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

              1. re: kathryn

                It should be pointed out that the a la carte menus in the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern and in the Bar Room at The Modern are totally different from the menus in their respective dining rooms.

                Re: Maialino. I was told that the full dinner menu, including the maialino al forno, is available in the front bar room. There is a *very* abbreviated menu in the bar room after (I think) 10:30 p.m.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                1. re: RGR

                  true, i have eaten from the full dinner menu at the Maialino bar several times...

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                  Maialino
                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                  1. re: Simon

                    Yes, you are both correct. Maialino now serves the full dinner menu at the bar. This was not always the case.

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                    Maialino
                    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      2. Most restaurants in NYC will have bars that you can dine at. What kind of food are you looking for? Atmosphere? Neighborhood? Price range? Wine, beer, cocktails? Do you want something upscale or casual or somewhere in between?

        Have you tried doing a search?
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760722
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761463
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759698
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773235

        1. NYC is a great city for bar dining...in addition the ones mentioned above (of those: esp Maialino), i particularly like Scarpetta and Kin Shop...the Breslin too...

          plus many sushi bars and izakayas and soba places: Soba Totto, Ushi Wakamaru, Sakagura, Tsukushi...

          or the various Russian places: Mari Vanna, Russian Vodka Room, Russian Samovar, etc...

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          Sakagura
          211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

          Ushiwakamaru
          136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

          Russian Vodka Room
          265 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

          Tsukushi
          300 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

          Soba Totto
          211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

          Russian Samovar
          256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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

          Mari Vanna
          41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

          The Breslin
          20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Kin Shop
          469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: Simon

            Thank you to all...some great suggestions....I like this board!

          2. Honestly, anywhere! Best city in the country for eating alone. You'll inevitably meet someone to talk to at the bar, and most of the bartenders are pretty awesome.

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            1. re: bebevonbernstein

              I met Daniele Steele's mother at the bar when Gino's was still in business. What fun. She didn't know that I knew who she was which made it even nicer.