The Ten Best NYC Restaurants for Dining Alone

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Adam Robb for the Village Voice

Sometimes you just want to be alone, ya know? And in a city teeming with people — where rent prices often necessitate roommates — that can be a tall order. Take solace in one of New York City's restaurants, some of which are well set up to accommodate single diners. Fork in the Road contributors are divulging our favorite spots for a solo meal — these are the ten best restaurants in the city for dining alone.

Osteria Morini (218 Lafayette Street; 212-965-8777) Upscale Italian may sit high on the list of date-night favorites, but sometimes it's nice to treat yourself to a sensuous night, solo. On the more casual side of Michael White's Altamarea empire, Osteria Morini offers elegant albeit soulful fare inspired by Emilia-Romagna, the region known as the breadbasket of Italy. The food is impeccable and the atmosphere is just right. With friendly staff and an informal air, the large wooden bar is the ideal place to grab a negroni, some antipasti, and saddle up for the night. — Sara Ventiera

Bill's Bar and Burger (22 Ninth Avenue; 212-414-3003; additional locations) Whenever you're in the mood to stuff your face, shuffle into Bill's Bar and Burger in the meatpacking district and grab a stool. Any place that uses the word "fat" when naming a burger means serious business, and the handy wet-naps are a sign Bill expects you to eat with your hands. Classic American comfort food, beers, and milkshakes are a recipe to ensure your solo dining adventure is one you needn't share with anyone except the voices in your head, which will probably be lulled into a lovely food coma. — Billy Lyons

The Ten Best NYC Restaurants for Dining Alone

J.G. Melon (1291 Third Avenue, 212-744-0585) When dining solo, we often seek comfort food, which makes us feel happy and at ease. That's what you'll find at J.G. Melon, where you can sit at the wooden bar and enjoy an outstanding hamburger and blood mary. J.G. is cozy and casual, and no one here will bother you. — Kevin Kessler



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