• How to Be an Exemplary Solo Diner

    9 days ago - By Eater

    Know when to go, where to sit, and as always, be gracious This is not another personal essay about how I, as a single female , discovered that it was okay to dine alone in a restaurant .
    No. I've been doing this since 1995.
    Between 1995 and today, I've worked in restaurants - in both front- and back-of-house - had jobs in restaurant marketing, restaurant publicity, and eaten thousands of meals in restaurants. Several hundred of those meals were taken alone. I never had an epiphany about it. If you're not already doing it, go ahead, do it.
    I've had good and bad experiences as a solo diner...
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  • How Restaurants Can Make Solo Dining Extraordinary

    How Restaurants Can Make Solo Dining Extraordinary

    9 days ago - By Eater

    Don't treat people dining alone like garbage Most restaurants set tables for groups. Certain reservation booking systems only offer seating for parties of two. But, despite the fact that restaurants are designed as social spaces, complete with menus of “share plates,” some restaurants are embracing the presence of the solo diner. “I think it's a real compliment,” New York City restaurateur Will Guidara says of solo guests. “It's saying ‘I'm here at the restaurant. It's my number one priority.'”
    Because of that enthusiasm, “it is kind of a rule [at his NYC restaurant Eleven Madison Park] to...
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