Guide To: Solo Dining
Feeling lonely but don’t want to be alone? Places with great food + great company below.
Pastis: just reopened. SO jammed there is no way to even potentially feel lonely. So much people watching. So much action. All walks of life. And a fabulous steak au poivre and martini.
ATLA always hits the spot. The bartenders are friendly. The space is tight so you can’t help but strike up conversation. The duck wings are PERFECT for sharing so find a friend who is solo next to you — so, first order The Overproof Margarita. It will knock you off your feet and open you up to random conversation. Arctic Char tostada is a must, as is cauliflower Taco. If you are going for bigger portions, try the Whole Fish + the Cecina. Get Guac First. And lots of drinks before + after. You will not be disappointed.
Jeffrey’s Grocery: I’m jaded when it comes to seafood given working for Michael White for 7 years. So If I want oysters, they need to be fresh from the Ocean or from Marea, ZZ’s Clam Bar, Duryea’s in MTK or Angler in San Francisco. But Jeffrey’s is the spot to hang, order Old Bay Fries and lots of beers, listen to their sick playlists and talk to all the welcoming strangers. Its a great spot.
King is delicious. And quiet but elegant. White wine, a delicious entree and a book at the bar. You might still feel a bit lonely here but in the most empowering way. And you will leave so incredibly satisfied from any of their incredible dishes.
Raouls old school no doubt. Burger at the bar or steak au poivre. Busy, classic, bartenders are a trip. Best au poivre sauce in the city. And if you’re alone, you can really dive in with no fear. Although, I don’t really care either way - I always leave meals with food on my face (messy is sexy…most of the time).
Jacks Wife Freda: breakfast, lunch, brunch dinner. Always served with a smile + extra green sauce. I love this place so much. Warm hospitality. Approachable food. Love fills the room. And so does Noise. too much noise. But that can be soothing when you’re feeling lonesome.