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Get Down to Business: NYC’s Best Bars and Restaurants for Corporate Travelers

June 26, 2014 | Permalink

In New York City, most business deals aren’t ironed out in the office or the boardroom but rather over drinks at the latest cocktail bar or in the company of a juicy steak. Business and New York go hand in hand, making it a popular stop for business travelers. If you are traveling to New York City on business, be sure to check out these bars and restaurants for prime spots to sip on cocktails and satisfy that post-meeting hunger.  


Roof Garden and Martini Bar

Located on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Roof Garden and Martini Bar makes for a good spot to grab early drinks, all while appreciating a nice view of the city. The rooftop bar features views of the Chrysler Building and Central Park. Due to its artistic location, there are always rotating art exhibits to appreciate. The Roof Garden and Martini Bar is not for the late-working crowd as the bar closes by 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Flatiron Lounge

Business travelers in New York don’t have to go to the standard neighborhood sticky stools kind of bar. In New York, it is possible to travel back in time while ironing out the details of that meeting from earlier in the day. The Flatiron Lounge is one of those bars. Designed with a 1920s speakeasy style, the bar features unique cocktail creations along with classic concoctions from another time. Drinks bear names like the Doppelgänger, Devil Went Down to Georgia and Curious George. Of course, classics like the gimlet and martini are always on the menu. If you have trouble choosing a cocktail, you can also sample three with a set theme by ordering one of the Flatiron Lounge’s flights. The Flatiron Lounge even features an original bar from 1927, soft-playing jazz music and plenty of art deco details.

Peter Luger Steakhouse

Nothing quite says “business trip to New York” like a good, old-fashioned steakhouse dinner. Arguably the best in a city swimming with steakhouses, Peter Luger Steakhouse has certainly been around for a long time. Established in 1887, the steakhouse is often rated the number one steakhouse in the city. At Peter Luger, it is all about the quality of the meat, carefully selected by members of the family visiting wholesale markets. The classic and to-the-point menu will appeal to those serious meat lovers and anyone looking to get right down to business. Peter Luger boasts two locations, one in Brooklyn and another in Great Neck.

Employees Only

With a name like Employees Only, business travelers can expect to find a nice restaurant and bar for drinks or dinner. Located in the West Village, Employees Only has somewhat of a 1920s theme as well, but places more importance on creating Golden Age cocktails and meals. Under a pressed tin ceiling, you can come for classic cocktails like a Manhattan, Pisco Sour or a Pimm’s Cup. If your stomach is grumbling after a day at the office and you are looking for places to eat in New York, you can grab a dinner menu and find oysters, a caviar board and items like a Porterhouse Pork Chop and Seared Rib-Eye. Employees Only also has a special late night menu in case your meeting ran through dinner time.


After imbibing and feasting at some of New York City’s best bars for business travelers, you can head in for the night at your Extended Stay America suite. Should you need to send some work emails or stay connected with the office, you can utilize the free Wi-Fi right in your room.


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