Restaurants

Party of One

{Taboon-photo courtesy of Taboon}

Yesterday, I did something that I’ve never done before…I ate dinner at a restaurant by myself.  Apparently, this is not a rare occurrence because New Yorkers do it all the time.  When I’m alone, I always default to cooking myself a dinner at home.  Some of my friends and boyfriend thought it was weird that I had never dined by myself.  Why hadn’t I?  Maybe subconsciously I was scared.  I needed to prove to myself that I could do it.  There were a few rules bestowed upon me by my loved ones…

  1. You have to dine at dinner time.
  2. It has to be a restaurant not a fast food place.
  3. You can’t read a book or look at your phone.
  4. Bonus points for prime time date nights like Friday and Saturday.
  5. Wine bar is cheating.
  6. Eating at the bar is passable but asking for a table earns bonus points.

With my boyfriend out of town and with no dinner plans, I finally decided that yesterday was the night to bite the bullet.  I chose Taboon which is a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired restaurant in the neighborhood.  Taboon met all the criteria.  Taboon is an oven that bakes the house focaccia.  The focaccia was the most delicious bread I’ve ever tasted.  It came to my table straight from the oven piping hot brushed with olive oil and finished with rosemary, sage and fleur de sel.  I had to stop myself from eating the entire loaf.

For my first dinner solo, it was a fancy one.  I spared no expense for myself.  I ordered a glass of wine, a couple of dishes to try, and dessert.  I sat at the bar for two and a half hours and only looked at my phone once to text my boyfriend and friends that I was finally dining alone.  I didn’t even need a book or my iPhone because I was chatting with the bartender the entire time.  I was asked twice if I was being joined by someone and I confidently said no, just me.  This experience far exceeded my expectations.  I not only ate a delicious meal but I was able to eat dinner by myself.  The big lesson here for me was that you can’t let fear get in the way of doing things.  You just have to tackle them head on because in the end, it’s not as scary as you think they are.

 {Disappearing focaccia with tzatziki}

 {Scallops with cannellini bean puree}

{Mediterranean Salad}

{Vanilla ice cream with shaved halvah}