Looking for good Back Bay restaurant with comfortable bar for solo diner
I'm heading to Boston next week and have a couple nights to kill. Staying at the Westin Copley Place and looking for good food but prefer a comfortable bar to sit at since dining solo. Willing to travel a bit if exceptional.
Uni looks interesting and so did a tapas place (name escaping me). Like a "lively" spot but not a scene. If the place has a DJ later in the evening then likely not the spot for me (made that mistake at Butter in NYC once).
Up for any cuisine. Like some of the divey North End Italian spots but those don't strike me as great for solo diners. Appreciate any thoughts.
Did a little more research and Uni and Toro look interesting. The Avery Bar or Artisan Bistro makeover at the Ritz sound interesting but kind of a hike from Copley for mixed reviews. The bar at the Taj is a great location but looks like they haven't redone the old furniture since it was a Ritz. Looked like there was a Back Bay pizza place that received good props (basically I'm all over the map and feeling indecisive).
well you said divey North End, so I'll say the obvious, Regina's bar seating is great for solo eating. I get lunch there (close) to once a week or so, and solo it at the bar and always enjoy it. The bartender, Doug, who's usually working when I go is just about the nicest bartender I've met, and really makes me feel at home when I eat there. The nice thing about soloing the bar is it's MUCH easier to get a seat than if you were with a group and trying to get a booth.
artisan bistro is meh food for sure.
the bar at the taj was renovated not long ago and is a super nice spot to have a cocktail.
close-by is the bristol lounge at the four seasons. very nice bar.
and in addition to c. hamster's list, i'll add the bar at bistro du midi.
there is no good pizza in the back bay.
From your comments you'll go beyond Back Bay ...
I am a dedicated bar-eater.
Close to you:
Brasserie Jo always has lots of solo diners at the bar for both lunch and dinner.
Haru or Douzo
Tico (can get pretty loud, depending on time and night of the week)
A walk to Kenmore:
Island Creek Oyster Bar
A quick zip up the Green Line:
Lineage ($1 oysters on weeknights)
Union (though I havent been there for awhile)
Estragon (less of a crowd than Toro plus bar tapas)
Toro (get there early; it's tiny and is always packed)
Meyers and Chang
re: C. Hamster
I'm not sure what NapaTj's criteria for "comfortable" is, but the bar at the Beacon Hill Bistro is really, really small. I would say "cozy" is being generous. If you have a drink, some bread, a salad plate, a dinner plate, and water glass, you're going to be encroaching on those sitting beside you.
Which is not to say that the Beacon Hill Bistro isn't a fine place to eat and drink, it is. I just think that eating at the bar would be pretty tight.
I would not recommend Tico. The bar is too scene-y after work. You don't want folks handing drinks and money over your shoulders while you are eating. And their food is barely past so-so.
Salty Pig is a bit different, nice vibe.
Pigalle, not to eat at the bar, but OK to have a table on your own.
Meyers+Chang -- great bar for eating alone....the one with a view of the kitchen!