New York is where it all happens. Here is where the top executives wine and dine clients and talk their way in and out of some of the most lucrative business transactions. All are rated highly for food, service and décor with the utmost level of professionalism and class. If your ready to close on the deal of a lifetime, don’t forget- a great business deal can’t be made on an empty stomach.
1 The Grill Room at The Four Seasons
Having played host to every major social event from JFK's 45th birthday, to Manhattan's last Grammy awards celebration, this New York staple is known as one of the greatest rooms in the city. Of course, I am referring to The Grill Room at lunch, specifically. Here you will find power players seated in a row under the larger than life chandelier, cutting into their $50 crab cakes and $35 bison burgers. But don't forget to leave room for talking.
2 Harry Cipriani
At this posh 5th Avenue location, Harry Cipriani is a near replica of the original Harry's Bar in Venice. Packed daily with chic New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world, similar to that of any other Cipriani scene world wide, here you can expect impeccable service, ambiance and of course the finest Italian fare to please all. Cipriani has fast gained Notoriety amongst the business elite- many of whom have their own tables on constant reserve for the most important lunches and dinners alike.
781 5th Avenue
(Between 59th & 60th Streets)
Here, you can expect to rub shoulders with the big guys in business. Chef/owner Michael McCartymakes sure to shake hands and spread his charm to each lunching table when he is in-house. With an extensive wine list and impressive menu, the chrome chairs and serious feel of the space make for the perfect backdrop to important meetings for any industry heavy-weight.
4 Casa Lever
“Manhattan sophistication meets superb Milanese classics at Casa Lever” and, might we add, makes for the perfect setting for the ultimate power lunch. Modern art adorn the walls and classic, timeless architecture lend staying power to this spot. True to its Park Avenue address, Casa Lever is chic, sophisticated and offers a true taste of “La Dolce Vita”.
5 Le Cirque
Appropriately located on the bottom floor of the Bloomberg corporate headquarters, looking out over an a modern stone courtyard consumed by impressive architecture of glass and steel, is the hidden gem that is a second home to the successful movers and shakers of New York's business world. A once more circus-like color scheme has since been replaced with a more formal, elegant and dining space, perfect for a private business lunch or important meeting worth a pretty penny.
151 East 58th Street