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Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

That's helpful -- thanks!

Jul 05, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

I think Bouley and Corton are fancier than I'd like to do on this trip (and likely out of my budget too), but wow does the menu at Forgione look tasty! No prices though - any sense of what I should have in mind for a dinner there?

Jul 05, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

Thank you both Andy and Kathryn. I like the Loopy Doopy/NEG combo (had read about Loopy Doopy here, but didn't realize it was the same complex - awesome!) one night and then maybe a walk up to Tribeca with a cab back the next night. Of course, adding in Tribeca definitely adds many, many more options, but I'll re-read that link you sent, Kathryn and work on making a short list.

Thanks all!

Jul 05, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

Got it - in your initial post, I thought the "view" you were referring to was the walk/neighborhood. North End Grill sounds terrific, though, so thanks again.

Jul 05, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

And, thank you for the response.

Jul 04, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

Glad to hear that North End Grill is a good option, especially for a solo diner. Good views are a bonus, and I'm not worried if it's "uninteresting touristicly" (that might even qualify as a good thing, you know?).

Any recs for the second night? I'm kind of thinking of ditching my "no cab" parameter, but then it seems like there are TOO many options and I'll become overwhelmed. Plus, it's kind of fun to be forced to try something new instead of falling back on neighborhoods where I'm more familiar.

Jul 04, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan

Solo dining recommendations in the Financial District/beyond

Hello,

I'll be in NYC for a conference on a Sunday and Monday night and would like to add some enjoyable dining into an otherwise slightly boring trip. From reading a few threads, I'm operating on these assumptions:

1. Solo dining is NYC is absolutely acceptable and there are very few places it's discouraged (phew!)
2. Financial District has less than stellar food reputation and a bit of an obnoxious crowd reputation

Given that, here's what I know I'm looking for:
- Something in the Financial District (where I'm staying and the conference is), but I'm happy to walk (maybe 20-30 minutes?) especially for something worth it. I want to avoid distance that necessitates a cab or public transportation
- Recommendations for after-conference drink (outdoor/fun view a plus, I guess) and fun, good food dinners - can be the same place for drink and dinner or two different -- I have two nights.
- Happy to spend up to $100 on a dinner with drinks - hoping not to go too much over that but I always can justify ignoring my budget for something worthwhile.
- Although it sounds like having a table for one is acceptable, I'd probably be much more comfortable dining at a bar.
- Would like a not-too-serious/stuffy atmosphere with good energy without crossing into obnoxious, frat-boy world.
- I think I'll use food cart recommendations from here for my hour lunches, unless there is a can't miss recommendation.
- Probably would prefer a kind of New American or fusion menu, but I'm really open to anything.
- Considering North End Grill, but not much else has jumped out at me.
- I really appreciate good food and a good dining experience.

So, I'm not a New Yorker, but on recent visits when we've stayed in Hell's Kitchen, I've had a great time at Casellula and Danji and could easily imagine being happy dining solo at either of those bars... I'm just not a frequent solo diner and I'm absolutely unfamiliar with the Financial District.

So many parameters! I'd love any and all recommendations that fit them or a polite nudge in the right direction if nothing quite fits what I'm looking for.

Thanks!

Jul 04, 2012
lunajack in Manhattan