I am going to be in Center City at a conference the last week in June and am looking for some suggestions related to solo dining. I have read quite a bit of this board, but would love some specific thoughts on solo-friendly fine dining places.
I'm not looking for sandwich places or food trucks -- I already have plenty of them on my list. I am planning to spend time at the RTM and Chinatown. I'm looking for a place that I can sit down and eat an amazing meal... as a solo diner. Why solo? Well, none of my traveling companions (for work) are real foodies. I indulge their Olive Gardens and their Joe's Crab Shacks when we go out together, but I'm not doing that this time. It is possible that I can find a dining companion who cares about food, but I can't count on it. I was REALLY hoping to try to get enough folks to do the suckling pig at Amada, but may have to just settle for the pernil asado if I make it there.
Here are my top choices. I will be there Sunday through Wednesday (inclusive)
- Dante and Luigi's
- Friday Saturday Sunday
Solo dining is more convenient at lunch (near the convention center), but dinner recommendations would be good too. I know Matyson has a prix fixe lunch tasting menu during the week. Is it solo friendly? I can travel a bit, but not out to the 'burbs.
Oh, and in case you aren't sure what I mean by "solo-friendly", I mean a place where I can get a table as a single diner without feeling like a leper. I don't mind eating at the bar, if they have the full menu. I hate sitting at a four-top in the middle of a busy restaurant. I've been known to use the notepad trick shown by Steve Martin in the movie "The Single Guy".
Thanks for any help you can give!
(Edit: Sorry for the double-spaced list. Apparently there is a known bug when editing a post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788049)