I used to think eating alone at a restaurant was both so sad and so courageous. When I would see someone eating alone at a restaurant, I would always wonder, is there really nobody he/she could eat out with? I don’t think people who eat alone are pathetic but it’s mostly because I consider eating out a social activity. If I’m on my own for dinner, I always default to eating at home by myself. One day, I realized that as an adult, I never had the courage to do it. It was really about fear and that was unacceptable. It was a huge step for me to eat by myself at a restaurant.
Last year, I ate dinner at a restaurant for the first time by myself via this post. Ever since that one time, I’ve been eating by myself quite frequently. I find in New York it’s quite easy because a lot of New Yorkers do it. A couple of weekends ago, I had plans to meet a girlfriend for brunch who ended up not making it but I thought, I’m hungry and I still want to go. I had brunch on a busy Saturday by myself for the first time.
The spot, Barn Joo, a Korean gastropub in the Flatiron district. I’m always intrigued by restaurants that do Korean cuisine in a modern or new way. What sets Barn Joo a part from the traditional Korean restaurants you will find on 32nd Street is that it serves Korean comfort food with farm-to-table ingredients. There’s also a lively bar scene on week nights. The manager told me that some of the vegetables are grown from the roof and purchased at the Union Square Greenmarket. I thought the decor was whimsical and the food delicious so my first brunch alone was quite successful.