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Frank Bruni explores the world of the solo diner. And before you jump to conclusions, he's not talking about dining at the bar, which many solo diners find more comfortable, but dining solo at a table in the main dining room. Admittedly, the only time we've done this is when traveling for business as we generally prefer the vibe and sometimes conversation at the bar, but we might just try it one of these days and, based on several of the comments to Bruni's post, we might go upscale to test the waters in terms of VIP treatment.

If anyone out in Gothamist-land has had experiences dining solo in the main dining room of a restaurant, we'd love to hear about it -- good, bad, or otherwise. And for more on dining alone, visit SoloDining.com.

Photo from travelbex's photostream on Flickr.