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Table for one: New York’s best restaurants to dine at alone

Some notoriously tough reservations become much easier when you’re seeking a table for one or a seat at the bar.

1/5

Hearth

2/5
Photograph: Cinzia Castello-Real

Eleven Madison Park

3/5

Locande Verde

4/5

Joseph Leonard

5/5
Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Franny's

Hearth

This New American’s coveted kitchen-pass seats, which offer an up-close peek at chef Marco Canora working his magic, are walk-in only—prime solo-dining real estate and one of the best dinner views in Manhattan. • 646-602-1300, restauranthearth.com.

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East Village

Eleven Madison Park

Critics' pick

Though parties of one may shy away from formal settings, this should be your exception. The staff here is especially generous to solo diners, so enjoy chef Daniel Humm’s array of modernist, seasonal dishes . • 212-889-0905, elevenmadisonpark.com.

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Flatiron

Locanda Verde

Critics' pick

Scoring a reservation is tough at Andrew Carmellini’s rustic Italian spot, but a single bar seat is usually available with little to no wait. When you arrive, ask the bartenders to add you to their list, and spend a few moments deciding what to order. • 212-925-3797, locandaverdenyc.com.

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Tribeca

Joseph Leonard

Critics' pick

Gabriel Stulman’s cozy restaurant has a convivial bar to match. Nab a stool around the L-shaped focal point; the close quarters make striking up a conversation refreshingly easy. • 646-429-8383, josephleonard.com.

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West Village

Franny’s

Critics' pick

The no-reservation policy at this Brooklyn institution means the wait can be harsh, but the large bar provides seating for one in a fraction of the time. frannysbrooklyn.com.

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Prospect Heights

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