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10 Ideal Spots For Solo Dining In New York City

Terroir serves a range of wines
Terroir serves a range of wines | Courtesy of Terroir
New York is a fantastic city for solo dining with so many cafes, bars, and restaurants to choose from. Shed that tired stigma of looking ‘lonely,’ flaunt your independence, and head to these 10 outstanding spots.

Terroir

Bar, American, $$$
Terroir serves a range of wines
Terroir serves a range of wines | Courtesy of Terroir
Tribeca-based venue Terroir is famous for their dollar oysters, which are available Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm. Aside from their delicious food menu and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages to choose from, this restaurant is designed to accommodate solo diners. Get cozy within their warm and rustic decor, and enjoy the complete solo dining experience.
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Gramercy Tavern

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern | Courtesy of venue
Offering a dynamic menu of contemporary American cuisine, Gramercy Tavern is one of New York’s best restaurants for dining solo. Attentive wait staff and delicious fare will have you focusing almost entirely on your food. Talented Chef Michael Anthony is in charge of creating seasonal menus with a rustic influence.
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The Cannibal

Bar, Restaurant, American, Belgian
This gastro-pub specializes in Belgian cuisine, so their menu focuses specifically on meats and beers. As you may have guessed from this venue’s name, The Cannibal will connect you to your inner carnivore. For the solo omnivores and vegetarians, The Cannibal also offers seasonal vegetable dishes.
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Babbo

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Babbo!
Babbo! | © Heath Brandon/Flickr
Since its doors opened in 1998, Babbo has been a popular Italian restaurant among New Yorkers. It’s not always easy to snag a table, but then again, it’s easy for solo diners to request a reservation. Babbo uses fresh local ingredients alongside imported pastas and Italian delicacies. It adds that extra dash of authenticity to create outstanding Italian dishes.
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Butter

Operating out of its Midtown location since 2002, Butter offers a seasonal menu of dynamic dishes crafted by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Dine here for brunch, lunch, or dinner and you can enjoy the beautifully designed, rustic-chic atmosphere.