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.
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. The menu is matched with an award-winning wine program and carefully curated cocktails, beer and spirits. 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.
This might be one of the most interesting culinary experiences and places to do business. The experimental Indian menu has playful options like sweet pickle ribs or phulka, served with pulled jackfruit. Chef Manish Mehrotra eloquently reinterprets nostalgic Indian dishes with openness towards global techniques and influences. During the more pleasant weather months, guests can enjoy the inventive menu outdoors.
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 that is the perfect place for a creative power lunch. Elegant veggie 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.
Chef Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro 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. Think business deals. Here you will find the more traditional brasserie standbys like French onion soup and steak frites. The highlight, though, is the house-made charcuterie, which has its own entire menu dedicated to it. The program, served daily, includes seasonal specialties like Poulet Aux Poivrons and Canard Aux Figues.
One of New York’s most revered and well-known restaurants, 21 Club’s kitchen delivers impeccable renditions of the classics. Look forward to steaks, fish, chicken and more, prepared with the utmost care. During lunchtime, the restaurant’s Bar Room is the only area open inside before the upstairs opens for dinner. Diners can choose from a prix-fixe menu if the conversation takes precedence over the menu option. Alternatively, an extensive a la carte selection is available for when you have more time to choose. Dessert here is a must as there are several flambé choices on the menu to wow your clients. Cocktails are creative and stiff, or there’s beer and wine if that’s your preference. The price point here is on the higher side as exhibited by their no jeans, jackets-required policy.
Located right in the middle of Grand Central Terminal, you can dine with associates as you keep a lazy eye on the comings and goings of business folks, tourists, and day-trippers in the iconic Beaux-Arts building. Oysters are the main feature here and the worldly menu is impressive, even for the utmost oyster aficionado. Additionally, choose from a huge variety of seafood and shellfish, smoked fish, live lobsters prepared to order and an impressive raw selection. There are daily specials to entice you to come often as well as a house-made dessert menu. Over a dozen craft brews on tap and an extensive wine list complete the menu. On Mondays, diners can get half off any bottles of wine under $100.
Head chef and namesake Jean-Georges Vongerichten has earned an astonishing three Michelin stars and four stars from The New York Times for his nearly impossible to top Jean-Georges, located within Trump Tower on Central Park West. The prix-fixe menu puts your meal in the hands of the highly capable chef and his kitchen. Skip browsing the menu and ordering, and enjoy more time conversing with clients. The beauty of the park surrounds diners here while they nibble on some of the best dishes in Manhattan. Note that business casual is acceptable in Jean-Georges, however; casual wear is not permitted, and jackets are required.
Everyone knows about breakfast at Tiffany’s, and power lunch regulars have been doing lunch at Barney’s for years. This is the ultimate in fancy salads for ladies who lunch, and 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.