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Cherry Hill

La Campagne — (856) 429-7647; 312 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Amenities: This restaurant is right at home in its completely restored vintage country farm house setting.

Solos feel equally comfortable here, as the numbers of business travelers and older men and women, many of whom have lost spouses, attest. The staff, well versed in making solos welcome, is icing on the cake!

Cuisine: Modern French Provincial

Neighborhood: Close to Barclay Farm.

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Strip House Restaurant — (973) 548-0050; 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue; Livingston, New Jersey

Amenities: Located in the new Hotel Westminster, the Strip House began with a captive audience — hungry hotel guests.

Seasoned restaurateur Penny Glazier believes people are becoming more comfortable dining out alone; she offered solo guests frequenting her newest restaurant as evidence. "If they are secure, they'll gravitate toward seating in the dining room. If not, you'll see them dining at our bar. [A draw for solo diners, the bar area includes: 14 seats at a bar that features a comfortable height for dining, tables for four, deuces and sofas flanked by cocktail tables — 26 seats in all. Full menu available; smoking still okay.]

Glazier noted her pleasure in discovering that locals are beginning to discover the pleasures of taking a solitary meal at the Strip House. One guest announced: "My wife is out of town and I want a good steak!"

"These are truly different and better times," said Glazier. "When my husband traveled years ago, I never considered going to a movie alone. Now, my widowed mother who lives in Florida takes herself out for a lovely lunch when friends are unavailable."

Cuisine: Steak House with American and French influences

Neighborhood: 40 minutes from Liberty Airport

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West Orange

The Manor — (973) 325-1400; 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey.

NEW: Every Tuesday evening, The Terrace Lounge features a special list of wines. If you prefer, you may also bring your own wine; you will not be charged a corkage fee.

Amenities: Their “Dining for One” Program is devoted to encouraging business travelers to expect more from a single dining experience than food!

A meal begins with the greeting, “Good evening! Dinner for One?” Tables are earmarked for overworked execs who need to dine alone.

You set the pace of the meal according to your needs by advising the waiter of your personal time frame.

Complimentary newspapers and faxing are also part of the experience.

Cuisine: Continental

Neighborhood: Eagle Rock Reservation

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