San Franciscan redchair is flying into town and is on the hunt for great midtown Italian with a slight hitch: She wants to dine solo at the bar and “not feel weird.”

Sounds like many fellow hounds are likewise fans of dining alone, with noodles. Plenty have chimed in with over a dozen recommendations, from Babbo to Scarpetta. If you think they’re missing the boat—any fans of the Eataly pasta bar out there?—send her in a different direction. (As fans of dining at the bar ourselves, we suggest keeping in mind the comfort of the seats, the distance between them, and the attentiveness of the bar waitstaff.)

Babbo [Greenwich Village]
110 Waverly Place, Manhattan

Scarpetta [West Village]
355 W. 14th Street, Manhattan

Eataly [Flatiron]
200 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

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