Let’s face it: a New York City power lunch is practically a necessity when in the city on business. Whether you are meeting with clients, your boss, or just in a rush to eat a quality meal while working through lunch on your smartphone, the city isn’t shy when it comes to restaurants offering incredible power lunches.
Below is a list of some of the most famous spots for a power lunch. We’ve also included some unexpected places that are making a name for themselves with the daytime rush crowd.
Bar Room at The Modern, Midtown West – an inspiring cafe
Renowned chef Abram Bissell is the mastermind behind this hip, buttoned-down younger sister to The Modern restaurant. Grab a quick bite in this sophisticated café. Its à la carte menu changes seasonally with tasty morsels like black truffle cavatelli or green asparagus with polenta and a poached egg. Guests have the option of sitting in The Bar Room, the adjacent lounge, or at the 24-seat marble bar while enjoying their libations and bites. Walk-ins are accepted and reservations are taken up to 28 days in advance.
Indian Accent, Midtown West – the perfect power lunch in New York
Indian Accent might be one of the most interesting experiences and places to do business. Let Chef Manish Mehrotra guide you through traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary feel. Lunch options at this beautifully-presented restaurant include paper roast dosa, ghee roast lamb, and sweet pickle ribs.
ABCV, Union Square – get your daily greens
Most everyone is familiar with ABC Carpet & Home, and their restaurants, ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina. Now you can get to know the veggie-centric offshoot ABVC, which is the perfect place for a creative power lunch. Elegant sharing plates include avocado lettuce cups, a grain bowl or a tartine. Every option is light but satisfying and helps with keeping a constant conversation as the dishes are both visually appealing and incredibly delicious.
Bar Boulud, Upper West Side – a cavernous restaurant with quiet spaces
Chef Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro Bar Boulud is located across from Lincoln Center and is designed to look like a wine cellar. The cavernous restaurant is filled with various little booths which make for a great setting for intimate conversations. Here you will find the more traditional brasserie standbys like French onion soup and steak
21 Club, Midtown West – an up-market establishment
Grand Central Oyster Bar, Midtown East – a good power lunch NYC option
Oysters are the main feature at Grand Central Oyster Bar, found in Grand Central Terminal, and the worldly menu is impressive, even for the utmost oyster aficionado. The bar inside the Beaux Arts building offers much more than just a culinary experience. Feast your eyes on the beautiful ceiling and spacious archways as you talk shop. Craft brews and an extensive wine list complete the menu.
Jean-Georges, Midtown West – enjoy views of Central Park
Head chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the helm of his namesake
Freds, Upper West Side – a lighter option for serious meetings
This is the ultimate in fancy salads for ladies who lunch, or people who prefer lighter midday meals. Fred’s is typically a great spot for celebrity spotting and their menu is full of American classics. To top that off, if your time permits, it’s located within one of the best department stores in town.