Let’s do lunch. The New York City lunch meeting has evolved over the last several decades, as businessmen and women meet to discuss new ideas, sign contracts or just catch up. Impress your clients and friends at one of these 10 top spots for “power lunching.” By Sarah Shaker.
Forty Four, Royalton Hotel
Dine on three courses at the Royalton Hotel’s designated “Power Lunch” at restaurant Forty Four. Choose from appetizers, like Tomato Soup or Jambalaya Poppers, a main course, such as BBQ Brisket Sandwich or King Salmon and end on a sweet note with a dessert choice, like Chocolate Chip Cookies. This $32 prize fixe is great for hotel dining to impress out-of-towners visiting on business or pleasure.
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The Palm has been a city institution for a long time — so they know exactly what New Yorkers want when it comes to dining, whether for important appointments or informal gatherings. Their “Modern Power Lunch” menu allows customers to be in and out of the venue within one hour. The new menu offers classic Palm favorites and introduces dishes that are easier on the wallet – like filet mignon medallions, a chicken & avocado sandwich or their Nova Scotia Lobster BLT. The three course lunch is available for $25.90.
As much as New Yorkers prefer to avoid Times Square, Bond 45 is the dining destination for those nearby. This means everyone from the Broadway crowd of producers, playwrights and actors to fashion gurus and editors at the nearby Conde Nast building. Bond 45 is a classic Italian-American steakhouse and are noted for their antipasto bar to taste a bit of everything during your business lunch, as well as offerings of fresh fish, steaks and wood fired thin crust pizzas.
For an impressive Greek lunch, dine at the recently opened Nerai. The bright and crisp white dining room is anything but stuffy, allowing you and your guests to relax while enjoying a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek fare. Start with small plates, such as a plate of Spreads with a choice of three from Tzatziki, Tarama, Hummus, Fava, Skordalia or Spicy Feta all served with warm pita bread. Sample an array of seafood, like Grilled Octopus, sushi grade octopus, braised then grilled over a chickpea and roasted pepper salad or bite into a filling sandwich like the Greek Burger, ground sirloin and lamb burger, made with kefalotyri topped with spicy feta dip on a brioche bun served with a side of french fries.
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Columbus has received critical acclaim for its contemporary Italian cuisine and award-wining wine collection. Located at the Shops at The Time Warner Center, offering sweeping views of Central Park, its both a convenient and elegant lunch spot for those who work not only in the building but in the surrounding neighborhood. The daily prix fixe menu boasts three courses for $33. These menus change monthly and represent dishes and ingredients from specific regions throughout Italy, keeping diners going back again and again for a new and delicious power lunch experience.
This summer Triomphe in Midtown launched a Power Hour Executive Lunch available until Friday, August 30th. Guests can choose their three course lunch from two special menus for $40. Whether you’re on a strict diet or looking to indulge, diners can choose between the “healthy” menu filled with seafood dishes like Ceviche and a Ricotta Cavatelli or the “decadent” starring a Maryland Crab Cake, Roasted Organic Chicken and a flourless chocolate cake. No matter which you choose, the staff guarantees you’ll dine in 60 minutes or less to be back in the office conducting your business.
At Lure Fishbar, Chef Josh Capon (also of the earlier mentioned Burger & Barrel) offers everything from their popular raw bar to traditional soups, salads and burgers for your business lunch needs. Try the Sushi Bar Combination Boards, Endive Pear Salad or the Roasted Turkey Sandwich for a delicious variety. Lure is also known for their great happy hour on weekdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Enjoy $1 Littleneck Clams, $8 Fried Oysters and $7 Shrimp Cocktail, just to name a few dishes. There are also select specialty cocktails, like the Dark & Stormy for $8, select wine glasses for $7 and a few beers for $5.
Burger & Barrel
Burger & Barrel offers a vibrant scene for the downtown power lunchers in Soho. Chef Josh Capon (also of the earlier mentioned Lure Fishbar) presents a menu featuring daily specials such as Chicken Parmigiana, Lobster Ravioli, as well as staple dishes including the Kale “Caesar” Salad, Chicken Lollipops and Capon’s famed Bash Style Burger. Dine casually with your business partners and clients at this upscale gastropub for solid food without a pretentious vibe.
Gotham Bar and Grill
If you’re looking to dine near Union Square or the West Village, Gotham has a special “Greenmarket to Gotham” prix fixe menu with two-courses at $28 and a six dollar supplement for dessert. Each week this summer, Chef Portale will select a Greenmarket farm to highlight and will offer a vegetarian menu featuring produce from that farm. Your business lunch is also doing some good, as 10% of all Greenmarket menu revenue will be donated to GrowNYC’s educational initiatives.
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room’s lunch menu and ambiance is great for impressing any client. Chef April Bloomfield’s menu features favorites like Herbed Caesar salad with Anchovy Croutons, Seafood Sausage with Beaurre Blanc and Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Tartar sauce. The restaurant’s booths conveniently feature chargers for both Blackberry and iPhones, to stay connected during your power lunch and also feature privacy curtains, for more confidential meetings.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.