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early morning near penn station

As an update to this thread, I travelled a couple of days ago and stocked up with filled bagels, a cheese and tomato focaccia, and a three-berry muffin from Zaro's, in Penn Station and at the same level as Amtrak. All were excellent. I "declared" the last bagel to Canadian customs who waved it through :)
The food on the train looked perfectly edible. I only bought a fruit cup, but it was fresh and good quality.

438 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Jul 02, 2011
Parkin in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - visiting from the UK - I have time for one solo lunch

I'll be in New York on vacation, and July 11th will be my last day. For most of my stay I'll be hunting out good cheap eats, but I thought I'd take advantage of Restaurant Week to go somewhere special for my last lunch. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?

I'll be a solo casual/smart female diner, so I would prefer to avoid anywhere too formal or hushed, unless they have a reputation of being comfortable with solo diners (I myself am perfectly comfortable eating alone in formal restaurants, but have noticed on those occasions when I stick out like a sore thumb, that other diners seem to feel uncomfortable). So maybe somewhere with a counter, or with a buzzy atmosphere?

I'm allergic to shellfish so have to be careful with cuisines like Thai, that might have sauces with shrimp-like ingredients. But I like vibrant tastes so would prefer something that isn't too bland.

There are so many restaurants on the list that it would take me a long time to work through them and look at reviews, so I'd welcome any suggestions that might narrow down my search, I appreciate that might come across as lazy, but I haven't been to Manhattan for over ten years so I'm very grateful for help.

Jun 27, 2011
Parkin in Manhattan

early morning near penn station

Thanks. I'm glad it worked out well for you. I must scoot over to the Montreal discussions to see what's happening there. In the meantime, given that I'm arriving late in NYC the night before, I'm not going to have time to aim for anything out of the ordinary. The Times Square Deli (not at Times Square, the one at 168 Madison Ave between 32nd St & 33rd St) is on my way to Penn and seems to fit what I need, so I'll probably grab some sandwiches there.

Times Square Deli
168 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Jun 19, 2011
Parkin in Manhattan

early morning near penn station

Wanda, did you find a good place in the end? I'm doing the same trip in a couple of weeks, and want to stock up on some good sandwiches or bagels for the trip.
I'll be walking from the Madison/30th area, with luggage.

Jun 17, 2011
Parkin in Manhattan

Garden Route--South Africa

Thanks for these. Will be in this area over the next couple of weeks.
Would any of these not be good for solo diners, do you think?

Feb 17, 2008
Parkin in Middle East & Africa

Recommendations for solo dining in Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route


I'm spending the next three weeks travelling in the Western Cape, staying in Cape Town, Camps Bay, Franschhoek, Hermanus, Plattenberg and Wilderness.

I'll be travelling solo, and would welcome any suggestions on where I can get good food (casual or upmarket) at any of these places, but also feel comfortable as a single female diner. Or perhaps places where where you can eat at the counter, if that's an option (seems to be more common in upmarket places in the US and Canada, than here in the UK).

I'm told it's advisable to book ahead at the good places in Franshhoek, but would prefer somewhere that's a bit buzzy rather than somewhere quieter where I may feel less comfortable. Has anyone been to Reuben's,and would that be a good place for dinner?

What are the "must not miss" experiences? I'd like to try out what the region does best, but if there's anywhere doing standard international food really well I'll happily try that out too, and give feedback afterwards.

I'm poring over the guide books today too, for ideas. Does anyone know of any good online restaurant reviews of the area, other than here of course?

Thanks for your help,

- Parkin

Feb 17, 2008
Parkin in Middle East & Africa