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Single guy, first time in NYC, but going solo...

So, I am going to be going to NYC the first week of August. However I will be travelling alone which is not something I am used to. Early 30s, used to the LA scene where I live.

I will be staying at the Maritime hotel for 4 or 5 days. Excuse my ignorance, but it appears it is in the Meat Packing District, but I am not sure if that is also part of another larger area?! (16th St. between 8th and 9th ave)

So I have 3-4 days and 3 nights unplanned and am looking for good places to eat. I really don't care if its $100 or $5, but I really am not into HUGE travel for dinner, rather keep it close. I will not be driving, so walking or subway it is. Daytime, willing to travel to some must eat place wherever.

Just looking for any suggestions on places that might be "You have to try" but that are also suitable for going solo. People watching/fun is better, restaurants with good bars, nightlife, etc.

Appreciate any responses and insights.

Oh yeah, type of cuisine is irrelevant, love it all. I know its sorta vague, but thats really it. If there is anything I simply 'have to try', a New York experience, or something so unlike LA, appreciate the thoughts!

Jun 21, 2009
DMobster in Manhattan