Calling all solo diners: Ramen chain Ichiran, which combats the social stigma of eating alone with individual “flavor concentration booths” at its 60 locations in Asia, brings its introvert-friendly service system stateside with a Bushwick outpost. The dining process consists of filling out an order form—the kitchen concentrates on pork-bone tonkotsu ramen, but you can specify preferences like “flavor strength,” “noodle tenderness” and “fat content”—and pushing a call button in the partitioned solo booth. A server lifts the bamboo shade in front of you and delivers your ramen with nary an attempt at small talk before leaving as quietly and quickly as they arrived.
Shake off the social stigma of solo dinners at one of New York’s best restaurants for dining alone.You can grab a stool at a noodle counter for some of the best ramen NYC has to offer, settle in at a communal table inside an upmarket food court and perch on a deli stool for one of the best pastrami sandwiches in NYC. Highbrow sushi counters to low-key burger joints, these are the best New York restaurants for solo eaters.
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