Here is this year's power lunch list
Ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices and advisers alike all have one thing in common — besides, well, the art of money. They are accustomed to the best of the best in food and drink. And oftentimes, that higher-level taste translates perfectly into the power lunch.
Whether you’re there to close a deal, devour a club sandwich or drink a dirty martini, nothing is quite as exciting and emboldening as the power lunch. Fortunately for New York City, the table options are as plentiful as a hot plate of steak frites. From new destinations to old faithfuls, from hamachi carpaccio to popped Champagne bottles, here are our favorite power lunch go-tos.
This timeless downtown hot spot delights everyone who walks in. And Chef Carolina Santos-Neves can do no wrong. She recently created the perfect power lunch menu — which includes their signature chopped salad as an entree with cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, chickpeas, red onions, soppressata, sun-dried tomatoes and queso fresco. It’s available in half or full size. For the picture-perfect power sandwich, try their turkey club with fries. Of course, it wouldn't be a meal at the coveted American Bar without an impressive beverage. Try their American Bar Lemonade or the Club 55 with Seedlip spice and grapefruit soda.
This chic little West Village hub, founded by three Masa vets, offers the perfect tamaki lunch experience, with beautifully sourced fresh fish, prepared creatively. They offer tamaki sets for lunch — such as their Signature Set, which features five tamaki including the tuna poke with crispy shallots; x.o. scallop with tobiko and lemon; coconut shrimp with green curry, lime and cilantro; salmon serrano with ginger, myoga, and tosazu; and cucumber black sesame with shiso plum. Wash it all down with an iced matcha latte with ceremonial matcha and oat milk for the post-power lunch caffeine fix.
This is a powerful restaurant in Manhattan West that legitimately has the “it factor.” Chef Juliana Latif has created a weekday power lunch menu that includes entree-sized salads of filet mignon fattoush with shaved red cabbage and candied pecans and seared tuna tabbouleh with quinoa, roasted beets and sorrel, and larger entrees like grilled branzino with shiso chermoula and escarole. Order a glass of wine, or, alternatively, there are several nonalcoholic drinks like soda with housemade sumac bitters and spiced pineapple soda.
For a lovely, easy lunch in a location that pleases everyone, check out this newly launched restaurant, equidistant to Rockefeller Center and Bergdorf Goodman. Their tuna tartare is light and fresh, and their French onion soup is the soup that afternoon daydreams are made of. And while The Consulate is definitely a lunchtime flex, don’t miss their happy hour, either.
Three words: best bloody mary. Three more words: best Caesar salad. Simply put, The Wythe is still where all the cool, creative and powerful people are hanging out, whether they’re Brooklynites or not. The food lineup is stellar, and lunch is buzzing. Back to that Caesar salad, it comes with chicken and avocado, and it’s crunchy heaven. Share the chocolate mousse with your lunch date; you’ll both remember it forever.
Stylish, fabulous and yet totally unpretentious, this is where you go if you don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard but also want to eat a good meal in a beautifully lit, very New Yorky environment. Try the steak frites or the risotto, and don’t sleep on the hamachi carpaccio. The service is super-friendly, and the vibe is consistently great.
Located across from The New York Times, this is a hot spot for both hungry journalists and powerful business leaders. The scene is lively and tapas-centric, with a paella to make grown men cry. If you’re a discriminating carnivore with a spicy side, this is your Midtown power lunch.