Café Gray 10 Columbus Circle, nr. 59th Street, third floor 212-823-6338
Impressive, expensive food, and you won’t be distracted from deal-making by the view, since the kitchen blocks it. Plus, Per Se is too slow.
Gotham Bar and Grill 12 East 12th Street, nr. Fifth Avenue 212-620-4020
There’s a $25 prix fixe menu, which means you get all that light, lofty elegance for a very reasonable price.
La Lunchonette 130 Tenth Avenue, nr. 18th Street; 212-675-0342
It’s French; they understand these things. And given its location, it’s unlikely you’ll see other co-workers, unless you work at the gas station across the street.
Burger Joint 118 West 56th Street, nr. Sixth Avenue 212-708-7414
Tucked away behind a curtain, which increases the sense of secrecy. Booths, and plenty of ambient noise, thwart eavesdropping.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar 131 Rivington Street, nr. Norfolk St. 212-260-4555
In the late afternoon, before the evening frenzy, there’s no better place for a long chat over chicken paillard.