High-End Restaurants for High-Level Lunches

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Power Lunch isn't just a show on CNBC. Real power lunches are happening every day among Hollywood moguls, real estate brokers and Wall Street bankers.

Lunch isn't just a midday refueling. It's a chance to develop new relationships and find opportunities. TravelsinTaste.com has rounded up the best restaurants for your next power lunch. Whether you're entertaining a partner or a prospect, they're the best spots to have a meal before you strike a deal.
Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. has become a hot spot for power brokers in Midtown Manhattan.

Los Angeles: In Los Angeles, nights are filled with movie openings, awards dinners and cocktails behind red velvet ropes. Celebrity chic does not start at sundown though. If you want to sidle up to Hollywood's studio executives, agents and stars, have lunch at the Ivy. It has an outdoor terrace that's perfect for sipping drinks and watching the moguls discuss the next big blockbuster.

If you crave a home run with your afternoon meetings, join Hollywood's A-list at Spago, where celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck serves his signature house-smoked salmon pizza. If you're looking to impress new clients, you'll find superior cuisine that will satisfy the most voracious diner.

If you'd rather go a little more traditional, try the Pink Palace in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Many mega-deals have been struck in the dining room of the Polo Lounge, such as Gulf & Western's acquisition of Paramount in 1966. It's the perfect spot for sharing trade secrets.

Las Vegas: Bigger is better in Vegas, where decadence is especially important when it comes to dining. As proof, look to Tableau at the Wynn Las Vegas ( WYNN), where the Strip's suits do big business over big lunches. There's no all-you-can-eat lunch buffet here. Instead, there are best-in-class entrees such as shellfish plateau and Kobe beef tamales.

Business travelers shouldn't leave Sin City without stopping by Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at the Palazzo, part of Las Vegas Sands ( LVS). There, you'll do New York-style business over Paris-caliber food. Its specialties include seafood on ice, artisanal cheese and homemade salamis.

New York: The energy of the "city that never sleeps" is pulsing at Grand Central Terminal, home to Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. Midtown Manhattan's movers and shakers have made this restaurant their go-to destination for power lunches. Those looking for a quick bite should order the $23 filet mignon from its Fast Track menu. If you have time to relax, try the bone-in rib-eye steak from the regular menu.

For those in the financial district, look to SHO Shaun Hergatt at the Setai, which specializes in creative, recession-proof fare, such as the "three-day short ribs." Here, just steps away from the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street moguls broker their next deal while dining on venison.

-- Written by TravelsinTaste.com.

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