Location, location, location: Everyone knows to keep the number one rule of real estate in mind when buying property, but it’s just as important when sitting down to lunch. The restaurant you choose can set the tone for the entire meeting. And if you’re from out of town, your knowledge of Manhattan’s most prestigious addresses will be all the more impressive. Whether you’re choosing the spot or scoping out your business partner’s choice, here’s a quick rundown of the must-know restaurants in Midtown Manhattan for power lunches.
Take the home field advantage by bringing a new client to lunch at your hotel. The atmosphere of the restaurant is impressive without being stuffy, and the cuisine is first-rate. Guests of Hotel 48LEX also have exclusive access to a three-course prix fixe dinner menu, perfect for impressing colleagues and business partners with something unique.
517 Lexington Avenue
This former speakeasy has come a long way to become one of the best addresses for the Manhattan power lunch. Join the list of Hollywood and Washington royalty who have frequented this restaurant with a strict dress code and a members-only vibe. The upstairs dining hall is reserved for dinner only, so lunches are in the elegant bar room.
21 W 52nd Street
The Capital Grille
It’s common to long for the heady days of the three-martini lunch, but given how stiff the Capital Grille makes them, you might be relieved you get to stop at one. This Midtown outpost of the upscale steakhouse may look sleek and modern, but it has all the time-honored trappings of the classic Manhattan power lunch. Best of all, the Capital Grille is just blocks from 48LEX.
155 E 42nd Street
If steakhouses and clubhouses seem a bit old hat for your sophisticated clients — or if you just want to blow their socks off — call ahead for a table at Nobu 57. Choose between regular seating, hibachi tables, or a seat at the bar, where you can order some of the freshest sushi in town. And if you really want to impress your guests, call at least 24 hours in advance for the off-the-menu Sukiyaki Wagyu, a specially-marinated cut of beef followed up with hand-made ramen cooked in beef broth.
40 W 57th Street