An itinerant Chowhound cast a bottle into the inter-waves Friday containing a message of resonance to all who find themselves downtown with an appetite and no date: Where to dine solo around Union Square. This particular conference attendee seems to want a higher caliber joint than the taqueria to which we’d try to send him or her, and the Chowhounds responded in kind. Many suggested Canteen, which the OP took under advisement.
It’s a tricky question to recommend a restaurant in this situation, as solo dining preferences seem to be less predictable than for diners with company. One person’s idea of the perfect solo restaurant may be one with bright enough lighting to read by, while another’s may be one with a lively singles scene. In this case, the diner seems to be focused primarily on the actual food, and even provides a detailed, delicious-sounding report. Is it lunch time yet?
Dining alone, Fri. night in Union Sq. [Chowhound]
Canteen [Official Site]