5 New York Restaurants That Are Perfect for Business Meetings

Every business traveler has been in this situation: You need to book a restaurant for a business meeting in New York but you don't know the city that well and you need something that will seriously impress your clients. You need the mood to be just right and the food to be delicious. But there's no need to worry, because below is your guide to the business meeting venues New York has been keeping secret for far too long. Let us be your New York travel guide and introduce you to five NYC restaurants that will wow any client or colleague.

1. Public Kitchen

With the opening of New York's hottest new hotel, the Lower East Side's Public Hotel, arrives a new restaurant from French celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. As one of the city's most talked-about restaurants, Public Kitchen has to be among the best meeting locations in New York right now. It's sure to impress any client who likes to keep on top of the latest trends. The cozy restaurant seats 150 and has a diverse menu inspired by the mix of international cultures that can be found in New York. The food caters to all diets, including vegan. Reservations recommended.

2. Emily West Village

An affordable dinner option for a client meeting in New York is the new West Village location of the popular Brooklyn pizza restaurant, Emily. Named after its co-owner Emily Hyland, the casual and friendly restaurant serves not only New York-style pizza, but also Detroit and New Haven interpretations of the classic Italian dish. The Brooklyn restaurant often attracts queues, so book ahead with Resy to ensure your New York business trip goes off without a hitch. The new location is close to the Houston St subway station serving the 1, 2 and 5 lines.

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3. Gramercy Tavern

If your business meeting in New York requires a little more privacy, there are many excellent restaurants offering private rooms. The Gramercy Tavern at Gramercy Park is one popular example with a private dining room seating up to 22 people. The upmarket venue has become known as one of New York best restaurants over the past 20 years. It serves quality American cuisine by chef Michael Anthony, with options including a seasonal tasting menu. The service and food receive equally high praise from dining connoisseurs. Reservations are recommended for the dining room, but the tavern accepts walk-ins only.

4. Momofuku Ko

Need to impress some important and very discerning clients during your business trip to New York? Splash out on the beautifully presented Asian-American dishes at Momofuku Ko. Using seasonal ingredients, trend-setting chef David Chang has won many fans for his tasting menu, which allows diners to try a variety of new and intriguing flavors. This innovative experience is ideal for bonding with clients and will certainly keep the conversation flowing. The restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, will accommodate food allergies, but make sure to give prior notice. Reservations are not required but can be made here.

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5. Bistango

The most awkward thing to happen at a business travel lunch or dinner is when the restaurant you've booked doesn't cater to the dietary needs of your clients and they leave the meeting hungry. Avoid this by choosing a restaurant which can accommodate all kinds of allergies and dietary preferences, such as Bistango in Midtown. This Italian restaurant on 3rd Ave and 29th St is beloved by the gluten free, as it allows them to enjoy pizza, pasta and many other traditional treats. There's no need to warn the staff in advance as they're well prepared for any dietary needs. Book ahead to make sure they'll be able to seat your party.

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Do you see a restaurant missing from the list above? Share your favorite New York business dinner spots in the comments below!