What are the best restaurants for a business lunch in New York City?

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Linnea Covington

In the land of power-lunching businessmen there are tons of quick, good and impressive meals to be had. One of the best deals can be found at Vic & Anthony’s in Gramercy Park. Here, for $26.95 you can get a three-course prix fixe with options including lobster bisque, Caesar salad, a 10-ounce sirloin au poivre and dessert. Not only do you get luxury at an affordable price, but with white linen and steakhouse service, it feels like a dressed-up lunch.

Nearby, you can also have get a hearty business lunch at L&W Oyster Co., where they not only have plenty of oysters to choose from, but also offer an “in and out in 30 minutes” menu with options including lobster rolls with a Caesar salad and crab cakes with gazpacho. The setting is more fish shack-like, in the best possible way, so it’s a great choice for co-worker business lunches or laidback meetings.

Oceana in Midtown also deals with seafood, though their set-up is more for people who aim to impress, both with their fine-dining setting and solid food. Choose items from their main menu, or go for their $35 prix fixe, which includes black bass tartare, salmon a la plancha, grilled calamari and strawberry-pineapple sorbet. Of course, if your business partner doesn’t like fish, suggest the steak. Chef Ben Pollinger prepares some of the best.

Finally, one of the places I like to go to for interviews and meetings is the Guilty Goose in the Flatiron area. The setup reminds me more of an upscale gastropub, and I like this space not only for their $15 burger and craft beer lunch deal, but for their quiet ambiance and unhurried service, which is perfect for talking and actually conducting business.

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