Whether you love lingering on a savory dish while getting lost in a good book or prefer to take in the water views sans chit chat, the perks of solo dining are plentiful. Try these five restaurants to enjoy a meal by yourself without feeling out of place. Table for one, please.
Steep yourself in classic East End charm at this inviting boutique hotel, where you can mingle with guests, local families, and visitors at the second floor lounge and restaurant. Grab a cozy seat indoors by the fireplace or sit out on the deck for views of the harbor. The Long Island duck breast with a black cherry glaze, quinoa pilaf, and steamed spinach is a satisfying accompaniment to a cocktail from the stylish bar. 31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor, 725-2101
Atmosphere is everything at this sophisticated French eatery. Daydream with a glass of wine on the patio, or nosh on your meal in the bright and airy dining room. Their mussels and fries are a classic and come two ways: Moules à la Thai with ginger, lemongrass, and cilantro or Moules Marinières with leeks and white wine. 36 Main St., Southampton, 353-3222
Spend the morning having a pleasant solo brunch at this elegant and casual eatery in Bridgehampton. Order the classic Croquet Madame—a toasted brioche bread with ham and melted Swiss cheese, topped off with a sunny side up egg—along with a fresh fruit smoothie or a glass of champagne. Snag a sidewalk table to enjoy alfresco people-watching on Main Street. 2468 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-5110
Get your daily pick-me-up at this friendly espresso bar and café that welcomes solo eaters. It’s not uncommon for patrons to end up conversing with neighboring diners, but those who prefer their alone time can take advantage of the café’s small library to catch up with their favorite fictional characters. While reading, tuck into the wholesome Mexican breakfast tacos comprised of scrambled eggs, chorizo, peppers, onions, jalapeño, avocado, rice, and cheddar, all rolled inside soft corn tortillas with home-made salsa. 869 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, 726-2633
This historic restaurant located under the J.J. Sullivan Hotel has been a Long Island staple since 1896, even operating through the Prohibition. Known for hearty meat options like the grilled bison T-bone steak with mashed shallot butter, this spot serves up fare so decadent you'll forget you're by yourself. 17 E. Main St., Riverhead, 237-8120