Mary Mihaly is an award winning journalist with
impressive writing credits. Following her trip to
New York, she compiled, for Journeywoman, a listing
of less touristy and more economical restaurants.
Mary writes that "all are reported to be friendly
if you're a woman travelling solo."
Any guidebook gives information on New York's
famous eateries, such as the Rainbow
Room and Russian
Tea Room--both of which I've sampled,
and which were divine. Listed here are some less
touristy, more economical choices, and all reported
to be friendly if you're a woman dining solo:
American Museum of Natural History-- casual, economical,
open for lunch and dinner in a greenhouse setting,
Times review reads, "Inexpensive, consistently
good." I haven't eaten here, but walking past,
the aroma made me swoon. 240 West 56th Street,
Blues every night and low-priced, spicy Cajun
cuisine bring New Yorkers to Orleans,
253 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, 212/929-2928.
To satisfy a pasta craving without spending
much, Da Rosina
is recommended. Specializes in homemade pasta,
342 West 46 Street, 212/977-7373.
in the restaurant complex of the World Financial
Center, serves up a delectable salmon steak or
rosemary chicken for under $15. Try to get there
before noon for a window seat.
Robert Sietsema, restaurant reviewer for the
Village Voice, has authored a book, Good
& Cheap Ethnic Eats Under $10 ($9.95, phone
212/206-6000). Three of his recommendations are:
El Pollo (Peruvian
grilled chicken, 1746 First Avenue, 212/996-7810);
buffet, 17 West 32nd Street, 212/290-2525); and
pita sandwiches, 21 East 8th Street, 212/777-4141).
on Ninth Avenue may be mid-priced, but it's been
named the best vegetarian restaurant in New York
by several magazines, including Vogue. 212/582-1669.
Happy eating, journey women!