Business leaders’ favourite New York restaurants

Where the great and good go to wine, dine and close the deal

Per Se restaurant – a New York favourite of Carnival Corporation president/CEO Arnold Donald
Per Se restaurant – a New York favourite of Carnival Corporation president/CEO Arnold Donald | Image: Deborah Jones

Simon Freakley, CEO of global business advisory firm AlixPartners

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry St in the West Village is a go-to: it’s the perfect place to discuss strategic matters, and the French-fusion food – rice cracker-encrusted tuna, roasted butternut squash soup, kale salad – is spectacular. The wine list is also impressive; I order a Puligny-Montrachet for special occasions. 176 Perry St, NY 10014 (perrystrestaurant.com).

Silverstein Properties CEO Marty Burger at Da Claudio
Silverstein Properties CEO Marty Burger at Da Claudio | Image: Circe

Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, which owns Cunard and P&O

When we were looking for a partner for our luxury Seabourn line, we met with Thomas Keller at his three-Michelin-starred Per Se. His signature dish, Oysters and Pearls, sold us. If I’m entertaining, I’ll go to Tao: the cocktails and pan-Asian cuisine – chicken gyoza, roasted shishito peppers with yuzu sauce – make for a festive night. Per Se, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, NY 10019 (+1212-823 9335; thomaskeller.com). Tao, 42 East 58th Street, NY 10022 (+1212-888 2288; taorestaurant.com).

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Mary Ann Tighe, New York Tri-State CEO of CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm

For internal lunches, I like the private rooms at Patroon, where the Nantucket Bay scallops and Brussels sprouts have always been good. And I’ve had some very productive lunches at the Dining Club at The Rainbow Room, at the Top of the Rock: the portions are just right, everything is incredibly fresh and the setting is sublime. Aretsky’s Patroon, 160 East 46th St, NY 10017 (+1212-883 7373; aretskyspatroon.com). Dining Club at The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, NY 10112 (+1212-632 5005; rainbowroom.com).  

The Mercer Kitchen, where Yoo chairman John Hitchcox eats when in New York
The Mercer Kitchen, where Yoo chairman John Hitchcox eats when in New York

Marty Burger, CEO of Silverstein Properties

The superb service and straightforward menu – great steaks and chopped salads – at The Palm in Lower Manhattan allow everyone to focus on the business in hand. Da Claudio is my go-to for entertaining anyone with a bit of creative edge; the atmosphere is downtown cool meets the Financial District. Da Claudio, 21 Ann St, NY 10038 (+1212-285 2668; daclaudionyc.com). The Palm, 250 West 50th St, NY 10019 (+1646-395 6393; thepalm.com).

The Bar Room at MoMa’s The Modern restaurant
The Bar Room at MoMa’s The Modern restaurant | Image: Nathan Rawlinson

John Hitchcox, co-founder and chairman of global residential and hotel design company Yoo

I stay at The Mercer when I’m in the city, eat at The Mercer Kitchen and hold meetings in the lounge: recently, I caught up with Marcel Wanders over dinner. Their sashimi salmon is perfect for sharing, and I’ll have steamed fish and their Tuscan kale salad too – and the sour cream cheesecake with glazed figs that I had was a treat. 99 Prince St, NY 10012 (+1212-966 5454; themercerkitchen.com).

Granahan McCourt Capital founder/CEO David McCourt at 21 Club
Granahan McCourt Capital founder/CEO David McCourt at 21 Club | Image: Weston Wells

Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros, the media and property conglomerate

The arts and culture side of our family – the Cisneros Foundation – has donated collections to MoMA, so I like to have meetings at the museum’s The Modern restaurant – but we eat at the bar rather than one of the coveted tables: I love the casual, lively atmosphere, and the green gnocchi is to die for. 9 West 53rd St, NY 10019 (+1212-333 1220; themodernnyc.com). 

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Michael Meldman, chairman and CEO of residential resort developer Discovery Land Company

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, north of the city, is unbelievable: the freshness, the effort that goes into the menus and its care of the environment. The actor Edward Norton, with whom I invested in an environmentally sensitive waste-treatment company, Baswood, is a big fan, and we’ve had many productive meals there. 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591 (+1914-366 9600; bluehillfarm.com).

David McCourt, founder and CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital

I’ve celebrated a lot of deals over dinner at the 21 Club. When I did a deal for around $1.65bn with the late Paul Allen, he suggested we go there for a burger. Although I’m not a great one for burgers, I said, “Yes, sure. I’ll have a burger with you.” I usually have the Dover sole, but you eat what your guest likes – even if it had been the table itself, I would have eaten it. 21 West 52nd St, NY 10019 (+1212-582 7200; 21club.com).

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