The 10 Best Restaurants for Break-Ups in NYC

Some look at waterside dining for romance...but we see break ups meant to happen
Some look at waterside dining for romance...but we see break ups meant to happen

This time of year always brings out New York's mushy side when it comes to dining out: Which restaurants have the most romantic view? Which restaurants have the best decor? Which place has a wait staff I can trust who can keep my engagement ring on ice until I give the signal?

But what about restaurants for those who want to ditch their significant other before the day of love? For every adorable corner bistro packed to the brim on Valentine's Day in this city, there's an equally suitable setting for an unhappy ending. For those who can't bear to take their relationship to the next level and are ready to throw in the towel, here are 10 New York restaurants where breaking up isn't that hard to do.

Museum Dining means breaking up quietlyEXPAND
Museum Dining means breaking up quietly

10. The Modern, 9 West 53rd Street

Keep the vibe low-key while you're being the bearer of bad news, and rely on a Danny Meyer-trained waitstaff to smooth over the mood. This tranquil spot provides a classy exit opportunity and servers who will do anything to ensure a convivial experience. So sit down to one last two- or three-course dinner and make your break with dessert. Afterward, you can walk through museum solo and take in all of the tortured painters who've found inspiration through tragedy/freedom.

Need a song for your worries?
Need a song for your worries?

9. Ellen's Stardust Diner, 1650 Broadway

Times Square is full of places to dump old baggage, but how many places will sing to you in times of trouble? With a staff that's more concerned about Broadway monologues and a tourist clientele just itching for real life New York drama, Stardust was made for breaking apart memories. There's also the chance the singing will be so bad, your former lover will walk out on their own accord, which can really help take the pressure off.

The sound of silence is your friend when breaking up
The sound of silence is your friend when breaking up

8. Eat, 124 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn

Sometimes the best way to say something is to say nothing at all. Grab two seats at the city's best silent dining experience, where you'll be forced to let your eyes tell the story of why you're refusing to make a duplicate apartment key. You'll be amazed at the power hand gestures and chewing with your mouth open can have in telling someone this is never going to work.

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