My hair was curled and my dress was freshly ironed. I even forced myself into a pair of alligator skin stilettos. It was Saturday night and I was all ready for a big night out.
But instead of meeting someone for a date, I was dressed to the nines for, that's right, dinner by myself.
Eating alone is something I've always enjoyed doing. I love food for the taste and the experience of eating. If I can't find a partner to go to dinner with me, I would rather just go out alone and not miss the opportunity to try delicious food.
I picked Ruth's Chris Steak House on 148 W 51st Street as my first experience as a solo diner for this blog because it is a traditional steak house where people go for dates or special occasions. Although I did not have a reason to eat steak, I thought "why not" and decided to make this night a celebration of my first blog assignment.
I paused for a minute before opening the gold plated doors because I was nervous. A lady dressed in a black suit greeted me at the reception desk. "Party of one, for dinner," I said confidently. She took my last name and led me to a nice table in the middle of the restaurant.
Two minutes later, Cindy Lou, my waitress, greeted me. "Good evening Miss Cheng,"she said. It made me feel special. At that moment, I knew I was going to be comfortable at this restaurant.
I ordered a glass of Shiraz and a medium rare petite fillet with a side of creamed spinach. As I ate, I looked around the restaurant and noted that most of the patrons were either on a date or out with clients for a business dinner.
Marie Carey's song "Always Be My Baby" played in the background and it made me think about two childhood friends. We performed a song and dance routine to that song but changed the words from "baby" to "mummy." It was fourth grade and we were studying Egyptian culture.
Cindy Lou, a waitress at Ruth Chris for 13 years, was the perfect waitress for a solo diner. She did not ignore me or hovered over me. She came by to check on my three times (in my opinion, the perfect amount). Overall, I would recommend Ruth Chris as a restaurant for a single diner. It made me feel comfortable and allowed me to return to childhood memories while cutting into a nice fillet.