There’s no better way to break up the day than with a decadent power lunch. These exclusive spots seal the deal for our favorites.
Balthazar is not your everyday lunch scene. Highlighted with French details and surrounded with maroon leather banquettes, Balthazar is full of life and oozes luxury. Order the Beef Stroganoff with ($23) for a power lunch to please each of your senses.
2 The Hurricane Club
"The Steal" - Any small plate, large plate and dessert for $19 at lunch, is exactly that. You can't go wrong with hand made dim sum, Samoan Deviled Eggs with crispy taro and basil ($9), or House Wings ($14). Sit at the bar to look like a true power player and watch all the surrounding action happen from the center of the multi-dimensional Asian-inspired room.
3 The Waverly Inn
Sophisticated American food in a garden setting is the perfect way to have a power lunch and escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Their Roasted Amish Chicken with hedge hog mushrooms and mashed potatoes ($29) is classic, elegant, and overall delicious- paying homage to that old time Sunday lunch we all know and love.
4 Willow Road
Happen to be in Meatpacking during your lunch break? The newly opened, industrial, sleek, and commanding Willow Road epitomizes a power lunch. These American dishes with a contemporary twist will certainly fill you up and energize. Willow's Mac n' Cheese with sweet sausage, fennel pollen and parsley ($15), though, is just too good to pass up.
5 El Toro Blanco
Mexican is always a fresh choice for a power lunch to spice up an afternoon. El Toro Blanco is a hot spot with tons of flavor. Their Camarones en Mojo de Ajo ($24), Seared fresh gulf shrimp, toasted garlic, spanish chorizo, ancho chile, roasted tomato lobster broth or Al Pastor taco (!$15), Spit roasted berkshire pork, pasilla Negro, roasted pineapple and onion, avocado, and queso cotija are two solid lunch options that cater to ever palette.