Road warriors know what it is to make the best of a meal alone in a new town, a new restaurant. Thanks to the spread of the communal table at restaurants across the U.S., the dining experience has gotten a whole lot less solitary. It’s no surprise that in DALLAS, one of the most popular spots in the hot Asian restaurant Steel (214-219-9908) is at the communal table, as it is at the city’s Liberty Noodles (214-887-8795), Bluefish (972-250-3474), and Jeroboam (214-748-7226). At the chic Delano Hotel (305-674-6400) on MIAMI BEACH, sushi is served at its Blue Sea table off the lounge, drawing a svelte crowd. Down the block, the Breez (305-532-8999), offers a similar arrangement with a more extensive menu. At each of the Asia de Cuba restaurants in NEW YORK (Morgans Hotel, 212-726-7755) and SAN FRANCISCO (The Clift Hotel, 415-929-2300), a communal table is the centerpiece of the dining room. Also in NYC at the tough-to-get-into Hudson Cafeteria (Hudson Hotel, 212-554-6500), nightcrawlers share tables for lobster fettuccine, macaroni gratin with foie gras, and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass, while at SoHo’s very cool Mercer Kitchen (The Mercer Hotel, 212-966-5454), the communal tables are glassed-in, making them seem almost an exclusive retreat.