Caribbean Room in New Orleans.

The 18 Best New Power Lunch Spots in America

The business lunch hasn’t died, but it has evolved well beyond the white tablecloth.

Bread & Butterfly
Take a business trip to Paris by way of cold-smoked trout ($10), potato-and-raclette gratin ($9), and a Champagne cocktail ($14).

Much-loved local restaurateur Larry McGuire’s newest concept, which opened in July, is an all-day cafe, complete with a jukebox, bone marrow Bolognese ($23), and a knockout wine list.

Whether you’d rather nibble a lobster roll on saffron brioche ($18) or a chicken-liver mousse bánh mì ($10), you’ll find it at this lunch-only spot in Union Square.

Bernie’s Lunch & Supper
With its blue banquettes and artful steak salad ($18), this retro-diner-style River North spot will disarm even the most difficult client.

Aqimero in Philadelphia
Steak salad at Bernie’s Lunch & Summer in Chicago

Fountain Detroit
Surprise colleagues with an alfresco meal of tuna poke tacos ($11) at this open-air restaurant while the weather is still mild.

Helen Greek Food and Wine
Let the greens-’n’-cheese pie ($12) and gyro with oregano fries ($10) break the ice, while the all-Greek wine list and sleek décor seal the deal.

If your dining companions can get on board with chef Jonathan Brook’s imaginative creations—grilled rib-eye with okra gumbo and a sunny-side-up egg ($22) or steamed buns with spicy rabbit rillette and Indiana gherkins ($8)—you’re bound to get along.

Los Angeles
Veteran restaurateurs Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley are behind this elegant restaurant on Melrose, named after the Hindu goddess of creation, destruction, and power.

Any client would be impressed by Brad Kilgore’s five-course tasting menu ($39), with dishes such as risotto cacio e pepe with duck confit and bone marrow butter.

Engine Company No. 3
Much of the meat at this converted firehouse restaurant is house-smoked—an irony you and your colleagues can appreciate while sampling the chicken sausage ($6) and cured bacon ($2).

Butcher & Bee
This Charleston, S.C., favorite recently hopped two state lines. Recommend the surprisingly refined fried avocado sandwich on baguette ($11), and you’ll have your companions eating out of your hand.

New Orleans
Caribbean Room
There’s no stronger power lunch move than the Fridays-only, jacket-required meal at the Pontchartrain Hotel. Chefs John Besh and Chris Lusk recently restored the restaurant; their lunch menu includes foie gras with pickled figs ($24), seafood gumbo ($12), and caramelized goat-cheese agnolotti ($15).

New York
This Nordic-leaning restaurant from Noma co-founder Claus Meyer is conveniently located in Grand Central Terminal, so you can fine-dine and dash.

Opened in June at the posh Ritz-Carlton, Richard Sandoval’s new restaurant has a menu of refined tacos ($12 to $18) and refreshing ceviches ($15 or $16) that will help you power through your afternoon.

Aqimero in Philadelphia
Aqimero in Philadelphia.

Portland, Ore.
Pine Street Market
This expertly curated new food market is the perfect place to go with a group. You’ll find Japanese ramen (Marukin), perfect hot dogs (Op Wurst), and Israeli street food (Shalom Y’all).

San Francisco
In Situ
The menu at Michelin-starred chef Corey Lee’s ambitious restaurant inside SFMOMA is an homage to more than 80 dishes created by his culinary heroes.

The Butcher’s Table
Lardo-topped sea urchin ($12) and sweet corn fried rice ($15) are both excellent reasons to take a long lunch.

Pineapple & Pearls
It can be hard to squeeze in for the popular nightly tasting menu. Your clients can still say they’ve been there if you take them for lunch, when chef Aaron Silverman serves his modestly priced sandwiches ($7 to $9) at the coffee bar.