Dining by the Dozen

Restaurants with communal tables offer a great way to meet new people
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2007 9:45 PM CST
Nopa, a restaurant in San Francisco, gives patrons who don't know each other the chance to dine together.   (Nopa (http://www.nopasf.com))
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(Newser) – Care for a cozy table for a 10 or more? More restaurants are embracing the idea of communal dining, in which strangers sit down to eat together at a big table. Dana Cowin of Food & Wine magazine tells USA Today her favorite spots:

  1. Cibo, Austin, Texas
  2. Resto, New York City
  3. Nopa, San Francisco

  1. Shaun's, Atlanta
  2. Toro, Boston
  3. Buddakan, Philadelphia
  4. The Kitchen, Boulder, Colo.
  5. The Herbfarm, Woodinville, Wash.
  6. Le Pain Quotidien, Pasadena
  7. Zaytinya, Washington, D.C.