Dining alone can be a divine pleasure for some much-needed alone time. Sitting at a table or bar by yourself can be a moment for reflection, decompression, and prime people watching. Here are five great locales where you won’t feel weird eating solo.
Costata’s has a demure, dimly lit ambiance that is both aesthetically pleasing and peaceful. Sit at the street-level bar of the townhouse to enjoy the elite restaurant’s home-style feel with a very untraditional craft cocktail (the lavender and egg white Santiago Sour is superb). Any of chef Michael White’s fantastic house-made pastas will transport a party of one to a foodie nirvana. 206 Spring St., 212-334-3320
Chef Noriyuki Takahashi’s 15 East is among the most highly esteemed and expensive sushi restaurants in the city. Solo diners sitting at the sushi bar of this Michelin-starred restaurant can feast their eyes on the artful preparation of their food. For the haute-cuisine aficionado who wants to experience it all, 15 East offers a tasting menu ($140), comprised of six courses and the restaurant’s highlights. 15 E. 15th St., 212-647-0015
For the diner who has little time but high standards, look no further than by CHLOE. The all-vegan food at this new and trendy restaurant is so delectable that even carnivores can’t get enough. Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s décor and design works to make guests feel like they’re at home in her sophisticated living room, with dishes to match. With a great mix of quality and leisure, this is an excellent place for a quick bite. 185 Bleecker St., 212-290-8000
Parisian ladies embody chicness and independence. The Margaux bistro at The Marlton Hotel is très Paris, and its cozy, refined atmosphere makes it just the spot to sip on a glass of wine, taste a delectable meal, and reflect on the world, solo. Make sure to try chef Michael Reardon’s burrata gnudi. 5 W. Eighth St., 212-321-0111
In her book, Eating Alone, author Yanni Cai discusses the stigma of dining by herself in China, and how she works around it. She’d be most welcome at Manhattan’s Chinese ramen hotspot, KOA, which serves artisanal noodles with a modern flair. Sitting at KOA’s bar and watching Iron Chef Yuji Wakiya’s noodles being prepared is a truly unique experience. 12 W. 12th St., 212-388-5736