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Cosmopolitan's e by Jose Andres - dining alone?

becca31 Feb 4, 2014 09:56 AM

I will be in Vegas several hours before my girl friends on a Thursday evening in April. I am a foodie and while they appreciate food too, they won't want to spend money on a meal like e. Is e the kind of place where I will feel comfortable dining alone? I'm assuming so since from what I understand it's a communal chef's table, but I wanted to get your take on whether it's a better experience shared with a significant other or friends.

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  1. Larry RE: becca31 Feb 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    It's absolutely OK. I've dined there solo, and enjoyed it immensely. Everyone talks to everyone!

    1. ellenost RE: becca31 Feb 4, 2014 12:13 PM

      I had a wonderful time dining solo at e a few years ago. It is a communal Chef's counter, and everyone was very friendly.

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        kagemusha49 RE: becca31 Feb 4, 2014 12:29 PM

        You're all seated around a counter - all 8 of you - it encourages chatting.

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          Ponder99 RE: becca31 Feb 4, 2014 04:01 PM

          Absolutely no problem dining alone. The best part is the interaction with the chef and like-minded dining companions.

          1. uhockey RE: becca31 Feb 4, 2014 05:35 PM

            Been there, done that, enjoyed it.

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              becca31 RE: becca31 Feb 6, 2014 10:39 PM

              Thanks, everyone! I got a reservation confirmed, so I will report back how it goes!

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                uhockey RE: becca31 Feb 7, 2014 06:29 AM

                It is all better if the people around you are fun, too. The table I dined with was a well-to-do family from the South, Mom and Dad with their adult, married kids - a total of 6 drinking heavy and having a great time. Hope your crowd is similar fun as the chefs really engage with it and are excellent at reading the vibe of the room.


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                freshlycured RE: becca31 Feb 7, 2014 02:48 AM

                I can't imagine a better situation to dine alone. The intimate setting and talk between guests and chefs make it ideal.

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                  chrisdds98 RE: becca31 Feb 8, 2014 12:39 AM

                  I've dined solo twice. the first time was great. the 2nd time was with 3 couples who kept to themselves for the most part and wasn't quite as fun

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                    becca31 RE: becca31 May 29, 2014 07:24 PM

                    I wanted to give you an update on my "e" experience. I ended up changing my reservation to a later date and also ended up with a dining companion. I was really glad I didn't end up eating there alone. I'm sure it would have been fine, but the night I was there, every couple kept to themselves - absolutely zero interaction. The food was AMAZING. I often get my hopes up when I hear that a restaurant is incredible, and then the reality can never quite meet my expectation. "e" actually exceeded my expectations.

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                      anymajordude RE: becca31 Jul 8, 2014 10:37 PM

                      About how long did the whole experience take?

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                        uhockey RE: anymajordude Jul 9, 2014 06:49 AM

                        As there are two seatings the meals are capped at 2:30-3:00 max.

                    2. elvisahmed RE: becca31 Jul 9, 2014 12:33 PM

                      Shouldn't be an issue. The food itself will keep you busy and if the other patrons are not chatty the staff itself can be engaging. I recall that I even introduced the manager to Chowhound! as she surprisingly hadn't heard of it.

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