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Durgin Park — (617) 227-2038; 340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, Massachusetts.
Depending on your personality, you can get involved with the other people or not, but the idea is that somebody is there and you do not feel like you are sitting alone. The waitresses are extra friendly to the extent that they sit right down with you and talk or take a sip of your drink, or they have been known to be down right nasty. It is all in fun though.
The food is excellent, from seafood to steaks and chops .The prices are moderate, but worth every penny.” L. Assner
Items of note: community table seating only. One table is reserved for solo regulars and travelers; sometimes they have to double it! (Female solo diners are on the rise according to management.) “Dottie Lamb” has waitressed here for over 30 years!
Amenities: A "boutique nitery" — what's that? It's "Saint" and if this phenomenon wasn't crafted with solo diners in mind, it should have been! Imagine a new type of eating and drinking experience in a setting that's lounge-like, bar-like — and yet, like so many innovations, more than the sum of its parts!
Located in the home of the former Café Budapest, this ultra hip lounge and nightclub is attracting guests from 25-60. It boasts a 30-foot communal table (20-30 seats!), three bars including a vodka infusion bar, sumptuous VIP dining pods and more. Add sexy food to this mix — mini-cuisine small plates, perfect for sharing — and you have a satisfying menu for the ravenous or those who just feel like nibbling!
Neighborhood: Located in the Copley Square Hotel
Santarpio's Pizza — (617) 567-9871; 111 Chelsea Street, East Boston, Massachusetts
Amenities: A 10 minute cab ride (or two blocks from #33 free shuttle) from Logan International Airport will land you in the bosom of a boisterous, packed, family-run place that prepares pizza dough fresh every morning.
During the luncheon crush, it's common for solos to commandeer 1/3 of 16 tables.
Note: Newspapers are usually available, but solo women tend to bring books.
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