Top 10 Nationwide Restaurants for Power Lunches

By Sakai Blue , last updated January 15, 2012

One thing that the current fragile economy hasn’t done away with is the power lunch. Whether you’re trying to get new clients, or hold on to the ones you have, you’re expected to wine and dine them like it’s fiscal year 1999. The last thing you’ll want to do is choose a restaurant that leaves everyone questioning your business acumen and your taste in food. Check out the list below for the top 10 power lunch spots across the country that are guaranteed to please the palate of even the most difficult client.

New York
Four Seasons
You’re one step closer to the deal when you take your clients to this lunchtime business classic. Stay cool and don’t stare at the bold-faced names in attendance as you wolf down on the $75 prix fixe menu, which includes yummies like gingered pumpkin soup, filet mignon and crisp farmhouse duck. And no, you can’t move to that seat over there.
La Fonda Del Sol
If you’ve only got a smidgen of time, but still hope to impress, this Grand Central Station tapas restaurant is the perfect spot. You can go casual in the café area, or a bit more formal in the dining room space.
Los Angeles
If you’re in the “business”, this is the go to place for discussing dailies and casting while munching on luxe level comfort food like roasted quail ($32) or Ellensburg lamb ($48) with Yukon gold mashed potatoes.
Grill On The Alley
Another famous Hollywood power lunch spot, Grill On the Alley is known for its famous clientele and its delicious, classic American menu. The double cut Australian lamb chop is a customer fave.
Washington, DC
Oval Room
If you do business in DC, you’ve had lunch at this critically acclaimed hot spot at least once. You’ll feast on relatively affordable treats like the braised pork shoulder, corn bread gnocchi, and kimchee puree, all for $21.
Joe’s Stone Crab
This is the spot where Miami’s movers and shakers can count on expertly prepared seafood ranging from killer king crabs’ legs to succulent lobster rolls, and have since 1913. Entrees range from $20 - $50. Tip: don’t even think of trying the crabs legs without Joe’s famous mustard sauce.
Capital Grille
Situated right at the mouth of the Miami River, this hugely popular steak spot is the perfect place to close the deal. Start of your meal with the delectable lobster bisque, and finish off with the sliced filet mignon with cippolini onions and wild mushrooms.
Stephan Pyles
It serves “new millennium southwestern cuisine”, which is basically southwestern food lightened up a bit without losing any of its pizzazz. The prices are reasonable, as evidenced by the split-roasted natural chicken with Chile-lime yams with mizuna and chipotle barbecue, all for $14.
Somebody at the table is going to want steak, and when they do, Gibsons is one of the best spots to go. Porterhouse steaks and martinis make a power lunch, and they’re both prepared to perfection here.
For those looking for lighter fare than that found at the classic Chicago steakhouse, Blackbird is a cool, sleek and modern alternative. Have your associates try the grilled lamb tenderloin with escarole and crunchy turnip, topped with pinenut hollandaise and preserved Meyer lemon.
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