Dining with a huge group of friends is a blast, but eating alone has its perks, too.

You can show up without reservations, finally finish that book you’ve been meaning to read, and best of all, you don’t have to hear Shelly go on and on about her last Tinder date.

Dinner is served--here are eight spots in the city that are perfect for dining solo.

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Communal tables are a great way to feel like you’re part of a group when dining alone, and this rustic yet cozy spot in the East Village is an excellent place to savor a bowl of corn chowder and make new friends.

102 Third Ave. (at 13th St.); 212-529-8880 or eatfeastnyc.com

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This Cuban diner is open 24 hours, so you can pop in whenever your arroz con pollo craving hits, with or without a buddy.

207 W. 14th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-858-5001 or coppelianyc.com

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It’s typically tough to snag a last-minute reservation to Chef Morimoto’s sleek Chelsea hot spot, but when you’re dining solo, you can nab a seat at the classy sushi bar on short notice and nibble soft-shell crab rolls.

88 Tenth Ave. (at 15th St.); 212-989-8883 or morimotonyc.com

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Any seat is a great one in this cozy French café, but the large, marble bar is an ideal spot for solo diners to nosh on croque monsieur and read the paper.

42 Grove St. (at Bleecker St.); 212-255-3590 or viewmenu.com/buvette

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Grab a beer and a fancy burger at the long, L-shaped bar and bring a book or strike up a conversation with the bartender. Either way, you’ll have a low-key night of deliciousness.

42 E. 20th St. (at Park Ave. S.); 212-245-6917 or nyhrc.com

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This bar/coffee shop hybrid is worth the schlep to Astoria. And best of all, it’s low-key enough to enjoy a tomato-burrata grilled cheese on focaccia by your lonesome.

40-17 Broadway (at 41st St.); 718-777-0913 or thequeenskickshaw.com

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Don’t feel like making small talk with your fellow diners? Stop by this quirky Mediterranean joint that frequently features a live jazz band.

41 Mercer St. (at Grand St.); 212-219-1019 or antiquegaragesoho.com

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Good news: When you dine alone, no one’s sharing your lobster tail.

70 W. 45th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-253-2828 or butterrestaurant.com

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