|Dining At The Bar: Part 1|
Dining At The Bar: Part 1
Just because you couldn’t find anyone to join you for dinner doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go.Plus, sometimes it’s nice to eat alone and still be in the presence of others. After all, nothing exudes self-confidence quite like sipping a glass of wine and gazing into the distance.
Here is our first installment of some of our favorite places to dine at the bar alone.
205 Tenth Avenue
Tables are hard to come by at this narrow Spanish tapas joint. Though the bar is often just as crowded as well, bar diners have a straight view of the chalkboard specials as well as the ear of the bartender, who is quite helpful with both food and wine recommendations. It isn’t weird to eat by yourself here—after all, seats are coveted items and it’s common to only find one empty bar stool. Grab it while you still can and order the patatas bravas, served with a slightly spicy aioli and the fried chickpeas. Both are absolutely addictive.
21 Bedford St.
‘Ino’s cramped seating borders too close for comfort, but we love the food, so we’re willing to call it cozy-cute rather than simply too small. Eating at the bar is great for just a snack and a drink, or a full meal. Cares melt away as you sip your vinno rosso and nibble bruschetta—and this is the perfect place to go alone. After all, who wants to have a conversation when all you really want to do is relax and savor simple Italian flavors?
75 Ninth Avenue
There are a lot of offerings available at Chelsea Market, in fact, it is downright overwhelming having to decide where to eat lunch. In terms of bar dining, however, there are few options. Ronnybrook is a bit unconventional in the sense that it is only bar dining, but casual day-bar dining, rather than swanky night dining. A warning: the stools are small and not very cushion-y, but one bite of the hot “baked potato” soup and you’ll forget all about your discomfort.
The great thing about Bar Stuzzichini is the “Stuzzichini Misti,” in which $24 gets you five dishes, out of a possible 37, ranging from fried items (artichoke!) to salumi (pork shoulder!). Go with intentions for a large snack, stay for the irresistible Orecchiette e Cavolfiore—“little ear” pasta with cauliflower and breadcrumbs.
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