Five Fabuluxe Business Meeting Spots In New York City


By: Jonathan Eifert

SoHo House New York

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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Jonathan Eifert
Trained as a classical pianist, Jonathan realized early in his career he preferred the business of music, rather than making music professionally. He moved to London to study arts management and after a series of successful encounters, returned to the U.S. to build his PR firm. People in the industry started hearing about his work and innovative approach to PR. Word travelled fast and projects began. Work started at his kitchen table in a leafy Philadelphia suburb. Fast forward to the present day, Jonathan is based in New York City. As needed, he provides on-site client visits around the United States, but most projects are maintained remotely through a strong infrastructure of digital platforms and global contacts. Over the years he has enjoyed providing marketing, communications, and PR support for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Portland Piano International, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Golandsky Institute at Princeton University, Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. Jonathan previously worked at IMG Artists (London) and Astral (Philadelphia). He now serves clients throughout the U.S. as the founder of Jonathan Eifert Public Relations. He is an associate member of the Grammy Recording Academy and regular contributor to Jonathan completed his Master of Arts degree in cultural policy and management (arts administration) from City, University of London—specializing in classical artists’ brands and their development. He holds his Bachelor of Music degree from Cairn University. Jonathan is a board member of Living the Classical Life and member of Astral's Institutional Advancement Committee. Learn more on
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