There are certain restaurants where New York power brokers have wined and dined business contacts and clients for decades—think the Four Seasons, Michael’s, Gotham Bar & Grill. But why not ring in the New Year by breaking out of the box? There’s a fresh spate of restaurants exceptionally worthy of your next power lunch or business dinner, so wow them and kick off 2014 by closing a deal at one of these hot newcomers.
BisutoroMasaharu Morimoto’s soon-to-be Tribeca hot spot is wowing with Asian-influenced bistro food, but the biggest selling point might just be the vast selection of Japanese whiskeys—a hot commodity among lovers of fine spirits.
313 Church Street bisutoronyc.com
American CutYou can’t go wrong with a classic steakhouse, and Marc Forgione’s Atlantic City transplant is one of the city’s most anticipated new openings. A decadent extra? Top any steak with bone marrow or foie gras.
363 Greenwich Street americancutsteakhouse.com
Bill’s Food & DrinkOnce a Prohibition-era speakeasy, Bill’s (from John Delucie and Crown Group Hospitality) is now a cozy Midtown gem serving elevated American bar-and-grill cuisine to movers and shakers, in a stylish yet informal setting.
57 East 54th Street bills54.com
The NoMadFrom the moment it opened, the NoMad became an instant New York classic thanks to its signature dish: Daniel Humm’s roast chicken with foie gras and black truffle. And thanks to being divided into many small rooms, every table feels private.
1170 Broadway thenomadhotel.com
Quality ItalianThis much-anticipated follow-up to the consistently packed Quality Meats does not disappoint with classics like chicken parmesan and baked clams. Of course, you can still get an epic steak.
57 West 57th Street qualityitalian.com
ClementEffortless elegance abounds at Clement, where Brandon Kida serves up creative cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and the Yabu Pushelberg-designed interior evokes a luxe residence.
The Peninsula Hotel 700 Fifth Avenue peninsula.com