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Solo Dining in Istanbul

ejcsanfran Sep 22, 2013 12:13 PM

I'm a 40-something gay dude making my first trip to Istanbul in early October. While I'm perfectly happy to eat at a table by myself, I'm especially interested in places that have a bar or counter - tends to be a lot more fun for the single diner. Here are a few of the places that have made it to my list so far:

ViraVira
Antiochia
Mikla
Furreyya
Ciya
Asmalı Cavit
Meze by Lemontree
Maya

Any feedback on solo dining at any of these places or recommendations of others would be much appreciated.

Also, I'm staying near Galata Tower - is it worth a trip to Kadikoy for lahmacun? According to Istanbul Eats, Borsam Taşfırın Lahmacun is the best. Or can I get something nearly as good closer to home base in Beyoglu? Thanks!