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Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

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Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

Hi,

I'll be in Manhattan for work and looking for a nice restaurant where I can eat dinner at the bar or on my own and not feel too out of place. I'll have a work event until 8 or so and don't want to go too far from my hotel.

I like Indian and Thai - and if there's a fantastic place nearby that would be great - but I'm thinking more of like an American bistro style place where I can get a dinner for one for $50 or less, and hopefully that includes a glass of wine.

I would love any recommendations, and I'll have fun looking here and on Yelp for further reviews on any places that come up - just hard to start from scratch on my own.

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

Maze comes up in my search and that looks pretty good - looks like a la carte dinner entrees are in the 20-30 range. Would that be good? Any other thoughts?

Thanks!

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2. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

You can check out menus and reviews at:

www.menupages.com

It's great because you can sort by cuisine and area and other things as well. :O)

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3. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

The bar at Trattoria della Arte is near by. If you can manage to stay up late, I would consider the 9:30 set at Dizzy's Club of Jazz at Lincoln Center (the bar seats are better than the table seats anyway!) It is in nearby Columbus Circle

http://jalc.org/dccc/index09.asp

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4. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

I like Red Eye Grill and Maison (French bistro):

http://www.redeyegrill.com/

http://www.maisonnyc.com/

Or Bar Americain:

http://www.baramericain.com/

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5. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

If what you like in Indian and Thai food is hot, then Szechuan Gourmet (242 W 56) will delight you. It isn't a typical American Chinese restaurant. You should probably do a little research on it before you go, because the menu is different from what most of us know.

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6. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

Not a whole lot of good indian in the area. Except perhaps Basera on 9th and 51st.

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7. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

There are a lot of Thais in the west 50's but the best ones are further west than 7th ave. and they're not anything upscale. Topaz is on 7th.

menupages.com/restaurants/…

Benares sounds good for Indian but I haven't been. Looks very nice on their website.

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/benares/

I've been in Maze for drinks but not food. People complain of small (but expensive) portions.

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/maze/

I like Trattoria Dell 'Arte and the idea of eating at their antipasto bar, but it does get loud as does Red Eye Grill although at 8 pm, it could be quieter since they get theater/Carnegie Hall crowd. Bar Americain is the bistro I think you want. Benoit is a French bistro.

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/benoit/

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8. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

Note that if you feel out of place eating at the bar, you can always simply ask for a table for one.

Or wasn't that the issue? Apparently, in some other places outside of New York City, solo diners are made to feel uncomfortable if they do anything so simple and reasonable as eat dinner by themselves. That is not the case here; you can eat in any restaurant in town (and not just at the bar) by yourself, and no one would bat an eye or think it remotely odd. The main reasons why solo diners in NYC would choose to eat at the bar is not because eating alone at a table is thought weird (actually the idea that there are towns where solo dining is thought weird is what New Yorkers would find weird...), but because:

1) if you eat at the bar, you usually have a shorter wait in crowded or popular places, and

2) if you want to chat with other people while you eat, you can do that at the bar, talking either to those on either side of you, or to the bartender.

On the other hand, if you don't want other people to try to talk to you as you eat (and a lot of single women do not), go right ahead and tell the host/hostess who is seating people "One, please."

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9. Re: Looking for a rec for dinner (solo) around 56th & 7th . . .

After a show we usually stop by Guantatmera, a Cuban restaurant on 8th, to sit at the bar and order a variety of appitizers. They make a nice Sangria, white or red, and mojitos.

http://guantanamerany.com/IEHome.html

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