Single diners in NYC up 80% in five years — why?

NYC is a hub for solo dining

Solo dining is alive and well in NYC. Restaurant reservations for solo diners increased 80 percent from 2014 to 2018, according to online reservation platform OpenTable — and restaurants are loving it. Andrew Kuhl, who manages the dining room at Eleven Madison Park, says “it’s more of an honor” to serve a solo diner, who’s clearly there for the food and experience, rather than a social event. And some restaurants, like Jones Wood Foundry on the Upper East Side, specifically set tables aside for parties of one, while others like giving the diners a gift, like a complimentary glass of wine.

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