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Good seafood with bar seating for solo dining

Msample Mar 24, 2012 07:54 AM

Looking for a casual atmosphere, somewhere in Midtown or East side preferably along the subway. Price not an issue as long as it isn't at the top end of the scale . Small plates/apps more a preference vs sushi or raw courses.

  1. ttoommyy Mar 25, 2012 02:30 PM

    Not quite midtown, but I would recommend Il pesce at Eataly. It fits your requirements nicely.

    1. steve h. Mar 25, 2012 01:52 PM

      Esca. The small bar is friendly, plenty of crudo and small plate opportunities. I like this place a lot.

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        VinoEd Mar 25, 2012 10:56 AM

        What about the Oyster Bar in Grand Central, certainly casual enough. Not cutting edge, more of an old classic, but have not been in years.

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          Will4Food Mar 25, 2012 10:39 AM

          Marea on Central Park South is the perfect spot...Great food and that bar is sexy...

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            BrettLove Mar 24, 2012 07:00 PM

            Although not seafood restaurants per se, I found both Aldea and Ma Peche to be fairly well suited to my "solo-dining adventures" on recent trips to NYC. Both offer a "chef's bar", small plates, and while not cheap, I thought each was fair "bang for the buck". I tend to hedge seafoody when eating out, and I thought both were strong in that department. Ma Peche was a bit more casual, at least IMHO, but neither was particularly dressy as I recall. (I'm generally fairly "dressed up" when I visit, though, so I may not have noticed)

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