In New York City, you can walk into any vaguely nice looking place and dine alone and it is not considered strange, and I'm trying to replicate this experience somewhere in the wester suburbs. I know, not an easy task.
I'm looking for a relatively cheap place where I can dine alone and enjoy a good book without too much noise. Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Brookline or surrounding area is preferred. As I am on a strict budget, entrees under $10 would also be nice. In terms of the kind of food, I'm looking for something light and maybe a little different - like a good, niceish place to get pho or a quiet neighborhood Italian joint.
Thanks in advance!