NEW YORK (TheStreet) – In celebration of World Martini Day, elit™ by Stolichnaya® and Bloomberg Custom Content have released the Power Table Index, a list of the top 20 tables where many of the leading people in business close deals, maintain relationships and celebrate their successes. This Index is based on proprietary Bloomberg data featured on DINE, an exclusive database offering reviews of the country's best eateries.
According to Brent Lamberti, the Brand Ambassador for elit™ by Stolichnaya®, “It’s obvious that business men and women consider several factors when meeting about an important business decision.” One of these factors is the location. Businesspeople today want to make the moment memorable by taking their discussions and celebrations away from the confines of the office.
Of course, not any restaurant will do, and someone looking to impress his or her guest must choose the right one. These tables are located in some of the most valuable real estate spaces across 10 American cities: Beverly Hills, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
As Ryan Serhant, a real estate agent on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, explains, “I often think about the worth of these tables’ square footage based on the value of the negotiations that took place at them, which makes these 20 tables extremely valuable real estate!”
Once you’ve arrived at your restaurant of choice, Lamberti recommends ordering a martini. To him, this is the kind of drink that “commands respect, and is the perfect power cocktail to open a serious lunch and close a serious deal.”
So, where should you take your clients next? Click through the list to find out more.
Bouchon, Beverly Hills, CA
Can't afford a trip to Paris? Head to Bouchon in Beverly Hills, where Chef Thomas Keller, who is the first American male chef to be designated a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor (the highest decoration in France), has brought his award-winning cuisine to Southern California. Chef Keller is also the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the famous Michelin Guide, so you can trust that his food will not disappoint.
Post 390, Boston, MA
For something a little more familiar, try Post 390. This two-level restaurant located in Boston's Back Bay serves American fare, but isn't just your average tavern. Inspired by seasonal foods from local farmers, Executive Chef Eric Brennan serves what the Zagat guide describes as "upscale comfort food" with a modern twist, given his passion for new ingredients and flavors.
Met Back Bay, Boston, MA
If you're on the move, Met Back Bay is a great option. The steakhouse offers large portions of New American bar cuisine at reasonable prices, a comfortable atmosphere, and friendly service.
Nico Osteria, Chicago, IL
In the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, Executive Chef Paul Kahan transforms classic Italian cuisine with his unconventionally creative dishes. With a focus on seafood, this restaurant has been described by Zagat as reaching an "impressive" level, using "top-notch" ingredients in "inventive" ways."
R+D Kitchen, Dallas, TX
With three other locations in California, this Texas outpost brings New American cuisine alongside the California indoor/outdoor atmosphere to the sophisticated, upscale circles of Dallas. The atmosphere of R+D Kitchen is sociable, yet feels intimate. Power-lunchers can be seen sharing sushi both indoors, where it's livelier, and outdoors, where it's quieter.
Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, CA
Boasting a 255 seat dining room, this downtown Italian fare eatery caters to those "looking to score a sophisticated meal at a moderate price," says Zagat. While its menu may look modest, the restaurant is sure to deliver a memorable meal. Once finished, you can send your client home with any of their delicious pastries or gift boxes.
Hinoki & the Bird, Los Angeles, CA
This Century City hideaway presents Japanese cuisine that, according to its Web site, "pushes modern California cooking to vibrant new bounds." The prices of this restaurant may be on the higher end, but any foodie client will appreciate its beautifully presented plates and sharp attention to detail.
Matador Room, Miami Beach, FL
Drawing from Caribbean, Spanish, Latin and South American cuisines, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Matador Room maintains a diverse menu while embracing the practice of locally sourcing produce. The oval dining room gives the restaurant a sophisticated, vintage feel that's perfect for a martini.
Zuma, Miami, FL
Zuma may be an international chain serving modern Japanese dishes, but this is the only one located in the United States. Chef Rainer Becker, inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called izakaya, creates stunning dishes that can best be described as "edible art."
ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
ABC Kitchen celebrates the farm-to-table movement in a "chic, minimalist setting" in Manhattan. Michelin-rated French Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a love of the exotic, aromatic flavors of the East that shines through the food he serves. His menu at this restaurant is not only local, but also free of pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, hormones, insecticides, and antibiotics.
The Nomad Restaurant, New York, NY
If you don't mind paying "special occasion" prices, New York City's The Nomad Restaurant is a casual yet elegant option. Chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara, who run the three Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park, have created a menu at the Nomad that is neither over-the-top nor boring. As Time Out New York explains, "The food, like the space, exudes unbuttoned decadence -- like wearing a tux with no socks."
Casa Lever, New York, NY
Preserving the spirit of Milan with Italian classic dishes, this "modernist" Park Avenue restaurant is located in the timeless Lever House and is "so fashionable that many say you're paying for the style here," Zagat says. Not convinced? The walls are lined with Warhols.
Butcher & Singer, Philadelphia, PA
Looking to be transported into the Hollywood of the 1930s? Look no further than Butcher & Singer, whose steaks, chops, seafood dishes and traditional (post-prohibition) cocktails will make you feel like a celebrity.
Le Cheri, Philadelphia, PA
Built in a former mansion in the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Le Cheri is a French bistro that is perfect for conversation. Whether you're in the quiet secondary dining room or overlooking the outside garden, you and your clients are sure to enjoy a wonderful power lunch.
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco, CA
This downtown American fare establishment features cuisine inspired by popular dishes from the turn of the twentieth century. Chef Tyler Florence serves up some of the most creative comfort food in San Francisco in a rustic and detailed environment. On the restaurant's first floor is fireplace built from bricks salvaged after the Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906, and the floor of every level comes from wood obtained from a turn of the century barn.
Roka Akor, San Francisco, CA
Located in Downtown's Jackson Square, Roka Akor features contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine. The restaurant's name is derived from "Ro" meaning hearth, or a gathering place where people come together, and "Ka" for "projecting energy." The menu includes prime steak cuts, seafood dishes and vegetables, all served with sauces inspired by Japanese cuisine.
Charlie Palmer Steak DC, Washington, DC
Located right at the bottom of Capital Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak is the location of countless political power lunches in the nation's capital. Executive Chef Jeffery Russell, who has always had an interest in agriculture and aquaculture, caters to both politicians and wealthy out-of-towners alike.
Fiola, Washington, DC
Chef Fabio Trabocchi was inspired by his upbringing in Italy when he opened his first restaurant in DC's Penn Quarter. Described as a modern upscale trattoria, Fiola features the freshest ingredients to create its constantly-changing menus. The restaurant's dark, modern atmosphere makes every event feel like a special occasion.