I absolutely love New York. Every time I have the chance to go, I do! While I’m based in Philadelphia, New York is just a day trip away and due to my management roles, I’m often doing business in the city. I primarily conduct meetings in the Meatpacking District because it is one of the trendiest spots at the moment. Even though I’m in the classical music industry that’s not known for staying abreast of trending hotspots, I personally prefer to host meetings here! And by meeting in such hotspots, you indirectly boost your brand image and reputation. Just think of all the photo-ops?!
Here are five fabuluxe restaurants/bars in New York City befitting any business meeting with a board member, client, or colleague. You’ll notice they’re mostly inspired from the fashion world. I often take inspiration from this industry because it translates the best for my own brand working with classical musicians.
- The Standard – Located in the Meatpacking District, this hotel has the famous Boom Boom Room on the 18th floor, overlooking uptown and downtown with views of both the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. Famous for Gossip Girl scenes, GQ parties, and the recent Solange/Jay Z outburst (elevator), this is my quintessential New York! Often there’s live jazz in the evenings after 5:30 PM. There’s also a roof terrace, open less regularly, that will surely inspire anyone with breathtaking views over the Hudson River and Financial District.
- Soho House – Also located in the Meatpacking District, this “British import” is fabulous to see and be seen. The Dutch supermodel and my friend from London, Valerie van der Graaf, met me here for a quick lunch after her magazine signing of the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
- Vine et Fleurs – Located in Soho, I actually first heard of this lovely bar/coffee shop/restaurant from I AM GALLA, a men’s fashion blogger/stylist. It’s a perfect place to sip prosecco on a sunny day and still do business.
- ABC Kitchen – Very close to Union Square, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski recommended this and so naturally I had to try it. I’m now a HUGE fan and try to go as often as possible. The split pea soup is perfection.
- The Margaux at the Marlton Hotel – This is where the fashion world does big business deals, so naturally why not arts managers? Supposedly the “restaurant of choice” in the fashion world changes every so often, but it’s now the Marlton Hotel and its restaurant, the Margaux, according to the New York Times.