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Aug 1, 2013 02:06 PM

Solo Diner in Yorkville area September

I will be on my own on a Sunday and Monday night and am looking for places with counter seating. Not interested in Sushi as I live on the Pacific in Mexico. I grew up in Toronto so I know my way around but I don't know current restaurants. I love most Asian food and am not looking for ultra high end places - just good food in a place where an older woman can dine alone comfortably. Would prefer within walking distance but willing to take subway. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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  1. I would seriously consider Opus on Prince Arthur, which would be a 5 minute walk from Yorkville. If you dine at the small bar, get your wine by the glass and soak up the atmosphere, as it is quite a neat place, you should end up paying a reasonable bill. The age demographic there is usually 40's plus and they are all "charachters". Plus, the food is great and the staff, very friendly. The fish and their rack of lamb would be my first two choices!

    1. Yorkville is my 'hood. La Societe (high-ish price) and Museum Tavern (mid-price) would be my pick based on your criteria. If you must have Asian, then go to Lee Chen Asian Bistro (mid-price). Opus is probably good (I've never been) but be prepared to spend top dollar. All of these have menu online.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Am I correct to assume the Museum Tavern is inside the museum? I am a little concerned about what might be closed Sunday Monday. So disappointed to miss the St Lawrence Market!

          1. re: Mariana in Baja

            across the street from the Museum. Also keep in mind that the film fest runs the 5th thru 15th so anywhere in that nabe will be swamped.

        2. The previously-mentioned Caren's is one of the more civilized places in the neighbourhood. And the food is pretty damn good as well. Relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. Opus is a tad price-y, but if you choose wisely, it won't be too, too price-y. If you're partial to Hungarian food - goulash, schnitzel, that sort of thing - you'll like The Coffee Mill which, to my mind, is the most affordable joint in Yorkville. Many lighter dishes to accommodate a jovial older crowd. Not too kitschy. But no counter seating, which you seem to prefer. Many regulars, who've been going to The Coffee Mill for decades. A comfortable spot. You're out of luck, though, for good, affordable Asian food around there.

          1. Try Le Paradis (166 Bedford Rd, I've had many solo meals at the bar. Not expensive and pretty good French Bistro style food.