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Best celebration restaurant for a solo diner

I am going to be in NYC on my 40th birthday and will be alone. What is one of the best restaurants that a solo diner won't look out of place?

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  1. I go out alone all the time on the road, but not so much in NYC.

    If it were my 40th, I'd say Eleven Madison Park because it's large enough that you won't stand out.

    Another thought would be the Kappo experience at Ma Peche. It's seven people around a counter, more of a chance for participation and interaction. The food doesn't really compare to EMP, but the experience is great and every engaging.

    A totally different idea would be a jazz show at The Jazz Standard or Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The food won't be as good, but it could be a very fun way to celebrate.

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    1. re: StevenCinNYC

      Agree with StevenC about both EMP and Kappō at Ma Peche. You should also consider Momofuku Ko. I've dined at all three of these restaurants solo, and have always been treated very well.

    2. As a frequent NYC solo diner, I can tell you that lots and lots of restaurants -- high end to low end -- are very suitable to the person dining alone.

      But to be helpful, need to know your price range and/or food preferences, as well as location in Manhattan.

      1. What type of food? What budget? What neighborhood?

        NYC is very solo diner friendly.

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        1. re: plf515

          I am open to any neighborhood and willing to spend up to $200. Sadly, Eleven Madison Park is out. They seem to be booked for months. No cuisine restrictions. I am adventurous.

          1. re: DuaneNoVA

            If you are adventurous try Corton.

            1. re: DuaneNoVA

              In case you really had EMP on your mind I just thought I would mention the bar is a really good option for solo dining and that is on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

              Otherwise, your options are so numerous because as mentioned before, there are just so many high, mid, and low end places that are great for solo dining.

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                The bar area at EMP is a la carte, though. Depends if OP wants the full $195 tasting menu experience or not.

          2. I would say pick a place with a chef's counter or sushi bar. You won't feel alone at places like that. A table at Corton, you will surely feel a bit out of place. However, a seat at the counter at Kyo Ya, you will totally enjoy. 15 East would be great, Brushstroke would work fine,

            1. I dine out solo almost every day with no problem, be it a Michelin three-starred restaurant, or a neighborhood pub. New York is a great city for single diners! :)