Business dinner - financial core, relatively quiet, expense account
Any suggestions? A list is all I need to pick from. Things that pop into my head right off the bat:
Far Niente (sucks)
That list is boring. Although if I had to pick, it'd be Bymark.
Cost not really an issue, but not going to Harbour 60 or Splendido either.
I second Vertical. Location is perfect, food is very good, service is friendly and professional, and it's possible to discuss business in this attractive and comfortable restaurant. The night I was there it was extremely early, so the restaurant was nearly empty. I'm not sure how noisy it might get when full, but no more so than anywhere else. Other suggestions might be Colborne Lane or Nota Bene, or, a little beyond the financial district is Starfish.
I know, it's hard to keep recycling through the same ones. But for your description of financial district, quiet, etc. I'd say Canoe as a first choice. No matter how many times I go for business (or for pleasure), I can at least be assured that there will be something interesting on the menu. And the service is usually tops. Close second would be Bymark, although I find it noisier than Canoe, but food & most times service is also very good. Hy's, eh, it's OK, more of an old-boys school still for me, so I rarely go unless I'm taken.
Far Niente? Don't get me started. Glorified Jack Astors. And not even a good one. Far Niente was good when it first did their reno a couple years back. Seemed like they were pulling themselves out of a years-long slumber. The place looked great, the servers were on their toes, and even the food was exciting again as it was when it first opened! And then.....they slid back down to the bottom. Yuck.
Although again Note Bene is a bit livlier than the rest, excellent food and service.