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suechef Feb 14, 2012 04:25 AM

My husband and I love to eat at the bar, or in the general vicinity. What are
your top picks? and do they take reservations? Any kind of food, any neighborhood.
We like a lively crowd...like Gotham Bar & Grill, not Stanton Social. Thanks!

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    UES Mayor RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 04:56 AM

    I am a bar eater as well-in no particular order:
    Babbo
    Rouge Tomate
    Spigolo-tiny place but great food
    Nougatine-same place as Jean George
    Carmines-Red sauce of course but lively
    The Mark
    Illili
    L'Atelier Joel Rubochon-meaning bar seating at counter in dining area

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Spigolo
    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Carmine's
    200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

    Ilili
    236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    Rouge Tomate
    10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

    Nougatine
    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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      H Manning RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 06:17 AM

      I don't know of any restaurants that take reservations for bar or counter seating apart from Momofuku Ko and Brooklyn Fare.

      Some of my favorite places for walk-in bar dining:

      The Dutch
      Scarpetta
      Picholine
      Marea
      Perilla
      WD50
      Nuela
      Junoon
      Kin Shop
      Empellon Taqueria
      Telepan
      Boulud Sud

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

      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Telepan
      72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

      Picholine
      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      Nuela
      43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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

      The Dutch
      131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      Empellon Taqueria
      230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      Junoon
      27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

      Boulud Sud
      20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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        kathryn RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 06:28 AM

        Almost every restaurant serves the full menu at the bar. I can think of only a few exceptions: Del Posto does a snack menu. At least one won't do a full tasting (Babbo's pasta tasting for one). EMP does a la carte, not the full prix fixe, at the bar during dinner.

        No restaurant I know of takes reservations for the bar. It's usually first come, first served. This is for restaurants where the bar serves as waiting area or overflow for the dining room, as opposed to places that are entirely counter seating (Degustation, Ko) or have a special chef's bar (Kyo Ya, Aldea).

        Some ideas:
        Hearth - you can eat at the bar or ask for "the pass" by the open kitchen
        Terroir is next door as well if you want some wine and bites to eat.
        Prune - but the bar is pretty tiny
        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
        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
        Spotted Pig - if the downstairs looks crowded, ask the host about the upstairs bar
        Breslin - the same 
        Babbo - you might have to wait for a seat
        Lupa and Otto - also solo diner friendly, especially at the bar, at Otto the bartenders are great, especially Dennis
        Tertulia - loud/crowded/popular but if you can grab a bar seat, you'll have a good meal, maybe try to get there early
        Pearl Oyster Bar - don't miss the lobster roll
        Perilla - Harold from Top Chef's first restaurant
        Joseph Leonard - they have some neat seats at "the pass" where you can look into the kitchen, don't miss the brussels sprouts with Sriracha if you go
        Po - good food, friendly bartender, but the bar is tiny
        dell'anima - excellent Italian from two ex-Babbo folks
        Minetta Tavern - go early or really late to avoid the crowds
        Fatty Cue - great cocktails and Asian influenced BBQ dishes
        Rockmeisha - under the radar Japanese izakaya, good ramen
        Kin Shop - also from Harold, has a bar with full menu dining
        Maialino - an attractive and comfortable space
        Red Egg - one of the few Chinatown places with night time dim sum (made to order), and a bar, and I think a happy hour special
        Marc Forgione - I believe you can dine at the bar here
        The Dutch - can get kind of loud/crowded though
        Balthazar- can get kind of loud/crowded as well
        Osteria Morini - can get kind of loud/crowded 
        Blue Ribbon Brasserie - might be a crap shoot though as there are only 4 bar stools up front, but if you score a seat, it's really fun to watch the raw bar staff prep
        Peasant
        Boqueria

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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

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

        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

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        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

        Balthazar
        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Degustation
        239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

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

        Otto
        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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

        Peasant
        194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        Boqueria
        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Rockmeisha
        11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Momofuku Ko
        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Dell'Anima
        38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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

        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

        Aldea
        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        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

        The Dutch
        131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Tertulia
        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Fatty 'Cue
        50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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          H Manning RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2012 06:41 AM

          When I dined solo at the bar at Babbo last October, my server confirmed that I couild order either tasting menu, no problem. Has the policy changed?

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            kathryn RE: H Manning Feb 14, 2012 06:49 AM

            It used to be they would refuse the pasta tasting for solo diners -- glad to see the policy has changed.

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            Sneakeater RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2012 09:46 AM

            Del Posto is currently serving their full dinner menu at the bar, as a trial run for a possible permanent change of policy.

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              ttoommyy RE: Sneakeater Feb 14, 2012 09:57 AM

              Great news!!!

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              ttoommyy RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2012 09:59 AM

              "Lupa and Otto - also solo diner friendly, especially at the bar, at Otto the bartenders are great, especially Dennis"

              I agree about Dennis. He is the bar manager and a real gem. Knows his drinks AND food as well. And really knows his regulars. We will ONLY eat at the bar when we go to Otto, as the table service can be very spotty when busy. Sunday afternoons are great at the bar at Otto.

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                foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2012 10:10 PM

                I've dined at the bar at Marc Forgione- good service pleasant meal -lobster chili best
                Brushstroke- great drinks, great small dishes
                Pastis- lively, steak tartare, oysters
                Plein Sud- lively good flatbread dishes
                Odeon-lively oysters, burgers of all sorts
                Blau Gans- lively, good beer selection, nice salads and schnitzel
                Osteria Morini- everything good
                Petite Abeille-- moules and des bieres
                Markt- lively, mussels
                I left off all Spanish places and sushi places since, I wouldnt call them lively and it is the usual to eat at the bar. i.e Degustation, Kyo ya, Kanoyama, Megu, Casa Mono, Boqueria etc etc

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                Markt
                676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                Pastis
                9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                Petite Abeille
                134 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                Odeon
                145 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                Blaue Gans
                139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

                Marc Forgione
                134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

                Plein Sud
                85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007

                Osteria Morini
                218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

                Brushstroke
                30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

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                roze RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 06:36 AM

                L'Atelier Joel Rubochon takes reservations for their bar and Degustation would be another place that may fit your criteria. The entire resturant is a bar basically and they take reservations as well.

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                Degustation
                239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
                57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

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                  Sneakeater RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 09:47 AM

                  I don't think anybody's mentioned Le Bernardin yet.

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

                  1. ttoommyy RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 10:01 AM

                    Eating at the bar at Manzo (in Eataly) is wonderful. Great bar staff (trained by Dennis of Otto; see post above) and the food is great.

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                    Manzo
                    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                      Sneakeater RE: ttoommyy Feb 14, 2012 10:15 AM

                      Completely agree (for the little it's worth).

                      I actually think Manzo is one restaurant where the bar has a better ambiance than the dining room.

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                        ttoommyy RE: Sneakeater Feb 14, 2012 10:19 AM

                        I've eaten at Manzo 3 times and always at the bar. The dining room does not seem appealing to me at all.

                    2. Cheeryvisage RE: suechef Feb 14, 2012 10:42 AM

                      Jungsik and North End Grill also have bar dining available.

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                      Jung Sik
                      2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

                      North End Grill
                      104 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

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                        queenseats RE: Cheeryvisage Feb 14, 2012 02:53 PM

                        Does Grand Central Oyster Bar count? Love the ambiance of the bar. And full menu is available.

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                        Grand Central Oyster Bar
                        89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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                        suechef RE: suechef Feb 16, 2012 08:10 PM

                        We leave in the morning! Thanks for all of your replies!

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                          CFByrne RE: suechef Oct 29, 2012 06:24 PM

                          I'll be in town, solo, this weekend, coming up from Florida.

                          Assuming everything is back in order... hopefully...

                          Early Friday evening (say 5PM) I'm thinking of going on a little Foodie trek...

                          Possible having a drink and a great app or small plate at the bar at a series of restaurants. I started this list with ideas from above. I am leaning towards the more casual downtown places.

                          Can anyone suggest a possible 3-stop, dine-at-the-bar walking tour, and the best "small plate" dish to order at each stop?

                          Nougatine – Lincoln Center
                          The Modern at MOMA - 9 West 53 Street
                          Le Bernardin - 151 W 51 near 7 Ave

                          Manzo at Eately - 200 5 Ave near 23 St
                          Union Square Café – 21 E 16 St near 5 Ave
                          Momofuku Ssam Bar - 207 2nd Ave at 13 St
                          Frankies 570 - 570 Hudson St near W 11 St
                          The Spotted Pig – 314 W 11 St near Hudson / 9 Ave
                          Babbo - 110 Waverly Place (NE corner Wash Sq Pk)
                          The Dutch - 131 Sullivan St (near 6 Ave and Houston)
                          Fatty Cue - 50 Carmine St (near 6 Ave and Houston)

                          Thanks!

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