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Business-friendly spots in the Big Apple

New York City is arguably the most important city for international business and is one that is greatly impacting the global commerce industry. While thousands of businesses call the city home, several business-friendly hotels in New York City accommodate the millions of people who travel there every year to conduct business affairs. New York City’s business hub is yet another reason it’s referred to as “The City That Never Sleeps.”

“Let’s do lunch” is a phrase heard all too often in the corporate world. Lunch meetings happen every day and everyone looks forward to getting out of the office to chat in a more relaxed setting. So, for those of you looking for the best business-friendly spots to help you seal the deal, we’ve got your list right here.


80 Columbus Circle at 60th St.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday); Brunch: 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monday – Sunday)

Get the agreement made over a great contemporary American meal and a fine bottle of wine with a spectacular view of Central Park from your table. Asiate’s lunch and brunch menus feature fresh, local produce and let you go a la carte or choose from a three-course prix fixe menu. A draw to this restaurant is its beautifully displayed wall of wine, featuring 1,300 impressive bottles. Asiate also offers a private room, which showcases its own wall of wine, for those wanting a more private business lunch.

Benjamin Steakhouse

52 E. 41st St.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday – Sunday)

Looking to strike a deal with a potential client or business partner? They won’t be able to turn you down once you take them to Benjamin Steakhouse and order them one of the best steaks they’ve ever had. At this premier NYC steakhouse, top-of-the-line USDA prime beef is used, and then each cut is dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days until it’s achieved perfection. Those who have never eaten steak before, as well as those Southerners and Midwesterners who eat it regularly, can’t resist what you offer once they taste one of these tender, juicy steaks.

The Breslin

16 W. 29th St.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday); Brunch: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)

Let’s be honest, business people are attached to their phones. They have to be to stay on top of things. At The Breslin, keep your phone charged at their booths that conveniently have charging docks for your devices. Besides the charging docks and optional privacy curtains, this gastropub has a more casual feel and a lunch menu with your choice of snacks, sides and small and large portion sized meals. They also have daytime cocktail and daytime pudding menus.

Nougatine at Jean-Georges

1 Central Park W.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Monday – Saturday)

Nougatine is a sister restaurant of Jean-Georges. The latter is an upscale, fine-dining experience, while Nougatine is the more laid-back of the two but still gives an elegant experience. Bring your colleagues here for the best signature and season lunch dishes the renowned chef Jean-Georges makes. This New York City restaurant is open 365 days a year, so no matter when a colleague is in town you can bring them here for a good meal and a good time to strike up a deal.

North End Grill

104 North End Ave.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday); Brunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Saturdays)

Photo by Krista

Known for its New American style food, North End Grill is a charming place to talk business over a tasty meal. Their open kitchen has wood-burning grills and two charcoal-fired Josper Ovens, which provide customers a menu full of fresh, grilled dishes. Toast being in good company or getting that contract signed with your choice of more than 100 scotches.


49 W. 44th St.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

When you or those you’re having lunch with get a craving for French food, come to Triomphe in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a great spot for a “power lunch”, as they guarantee you will enjoy eating a three-course meal and then be out and headed back to the office in one hour or less. Triomphe also offers a range of sparkling, red and white wines, as well as cocktails to drink along with your mouthwatering meal.


21 W. 52nd St.

Business lunch presentations or just intimate business gatherings are commonplace at ‘21’. You have your choice of 10 very nice private event rooms to host your lunch and a private lunch menu offering various appetizers, entrees and desserts. This is one venue promising to leave a good impression with your business associates.

Make a business colleague’s or potential client’s visit to New York City worth your and their time by sealing the perfect deal at one of these NYC business-friendly restaurants.

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