It is often thought that if someone goes out to eat or goes out for a drink that they should go with friends, a best friend, or a date. That is not the case. Eating alone is on the rise in the United States. Singles should not be afraid to go check out a new restaurant or to go to a bar alone to keep up with sports. It is exciting to be single and singles should feel secure eating alone.
Eating alone is no longer odd; in fact, restaurants and reservation apps such as OpenTable are seeing an increase in individual reservations. OpenTable saw a national rise in single reservations grow by 62% and is reported as the fastest growing table size. According to a recent study, almost “half of all meals in solitude” while the “popularity of solo dining is on the rise and has been for some time.” There is no longer any reason why eating alone or dining alone is a problem, especially if you are single. The single life is all about embracing the independence, mobility, and autonomy being single provides to individuals.
It is a pleasure to eat alone as a single. I lived three years in New York City. It is more common to see people go to happy hours alone or to go out to eat alone in metropolitan areas. Large and growing cities like New York City such as Seattle, Denver, Austin, and Washington DC are where the majority of singles live. OpenTable made a list of the top restaurants in major cities in the United States to dine solo and enjoy a fantastic meal.
The single life is all about utilizing the freedom, travel, and to adapt to new things by acting as you please. There are many wonderful restaurants, bars, cocktail lounges, and events to go to in a city. There is no need to have to wait for a friend to go and visit the new hot restaurant in your city. Fully embrace being single and try that restaurant that you have been wanting to visit this week. It is National Singles Week after all. Celebrate being single and unmarried and become comfortable dining and eating alone.