I'm going to be in New York for two nights in mid-May, by myself. I will go to Degustation one night and get the 10 course tasting menu, which sounds fantastic - and since the entire restaurant is essentially a bar, I won't feel guilty about taking up a two top all by myself. The other night, I wanted to have seafood (but not sushi) and was thinking about Esca. Do they have a decent sized bar where I can sit and eat, or is the bar area not designed for eating? And do they have a separate bar-only menu or can I get the full menu at the bar? I'm fine sitting at a table by myself and not self-conscious (and I'll be going well after the theater crowd departs), but I do hate to take up a two top where the waiter could be doing much better than just me, so I generally prefer eating at the bar. Or, if anyone has any other good seafood suggestions that are in a similar price range to Esca, I'd appreciate hearing about them. I'm staying in midtown but will go pretty much anywhere in Manhattan that is reachable by subway.
Many thanks in advance.