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Downtown Boston - Power Lunch

hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 08:56 AM

What's the best place for a 4 star power lunch with a client? A lot of the finer restaurants don't open for lunch downtown. Has to be top-shelf. L'espalier and Radius come to mind, but I don't know if I'm missing any? Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance.

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  1. finlero RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 09:03 AM

    I'll add Locke Ober and Mooo.

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      Taralli RE: finlero Apr 3, 2009 09:25 AM

      Better give Locke's a call first cuz I thought I'd heard they were discontinuing lunch due to the economy.

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        TomH RE: Taralli Apr 3, 2009 10:21 AM

        Locke Ober is now open for lunch again. I just heard about it last week.

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          9lives RE: TomH Apr 3, 2009 04:56 PM

          LO was open for RW` lunch but isn't currently open for lunch..otherwise , the perfect choice and always my "go to" place for a power lunch.

          I'll throw out Asana in the Mandarin Oriental for a power lunch.

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        digga RE: finlero Apr 3, 2009 04:04 PM

        LOL - I've never been in the OP's situation, but I think I would feel like an idiot taking my high-powered client to a place called "Mooo." Guess it was supposed to be irreverent but it still sounds plain silly to me.

        How about the Liberty Hotel? Scampo?

      3. rlh RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 09:27 AM

        Radius would definitely be my choice.

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          hydraaa RE: rlh Apr 3, 2009 10:07 AM

          The problem with Radius is that they don't have valet parking...L'espalier has it next door at the Mandarin Oriental...

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            Small Plates RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 10:18 AM

            How about Sensing at the Fairmont Battery Wharf?


            (edit: Meritage only serves brunch.)

        2. Delhiwala RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 01:07 PM

          Another choice is Café Fleuri at the Langham Hotel (fka the Meridien Hotel). I am quite fond of taking clients there for lunch, especially since the tables are not close together so that you can have a private conversation..

          1. MC Slim JB RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 01:24 PM

            Not a conventional choice, but I like The Butcher Shop in the South End for weekday business entertaining. It's typically close to empty and has excellent food and wines, though the vibe is a bit more relaxed and informal than the classic power-lunch spots. In the same vein but seafood-oriented is B&G Oysters across the street. It also has great wines for the food. They're both often uncomfortably crowded at dinner, quite pleasant at lunch. There's meter parking nearby, and a public garage at the back of the Atelier condo building at Tremont and Berkeley.

            More traditional lunch choices I'd recommend include the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons, the Cafe at the Taj Hotel, Jer-Ne at the Ritz-Carlton, and the Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.


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              BBHound RE: hydraaa Apr 3, 2009 05:23 PM

              Here's a post on this topic from last year:

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