5 NYC Restaurants Where the Biggest Multi-Million Dollar Deals Go Down
Luscious pizzas and luxe rooftop brunches set the stage for the city's historic real-estate deals.
With six-figure commissions routinely on the line, real estate superstars like the cast of Million Dollar Listing New York often rely on power lunches and dinners to charm developers, sway buyers, and influence each other to make the moves they want. Follow in their footsteps—whether you want to keep it casual (or pretend to) with after-work margs and guac, or go big with a blowout dinner—at these Manhattan restaurants where they've wined, dined and made massive deals happen:
New York City's iconic rooftop restaurant reopened in 2014 and continues the jackets-required (but no tie) tradition for its prix-fixe dinners, which often feature music and dancing, as well as its live-music Sunday brunches. At the latter, you can order entrees like a truffled vegetable pot pie or classic eggs Benedict from the à la carte menu, then hit the buffet for sides like bacon or for stunning desserts. Yes, you can have it all. MDLNY's Fredrik Eklund has been known to work his deal magic here, and you can too, especially if you plan ahead: The restaurant currently accepts reservations up to two months in advance.
Chef Ivy Stark presides over the menu at this upscale Mexican restaurant group, with five locations in Manhattan plus additional outposts in Atlantic City and Ft. Lauderdale. Choose from more than 100 different kinds of tequila while enjoying Mexico City-style quesadillas, tacos and street foods—or have your tacos "naked" style, where the fillings are served over quinoa pilaf, ayocote bean salad and avocado-pomegranate "salsita." The laid-back, convivial atmosphere—not to mention the alcohol—make it a handy place to loosen someone up before a deal.
MDLNY's Ryan Serhant tends to get his way when he negotiates over a pizza at this family-owned business, which first launched in Westhampton, NY, and has since expanded to Manhattan's West Village. The Brunettis have won major props for their seafood-topped pizzas, and they're particularly proud of their Vongole, drenched in herbs, garlic butter and freshly shucked Long Island clams. But keep in mind, this place is more about great pizza than glitz: It has a classic, homey feel, especially on its pretty brick-lined garden patio, the place to be when it's beautiful outside.
At this restaurant, which has locations in NYC, Southern California and D.C., super-agents Ryan Serhant and Luis D. Ortiz have agreed to disagree over deals and meals. The menu, created by founder Laurent Halasz and his mother Francine, is inspired by the fresh, organic cooking they enjoyed back home in the French Riviera, and the decor has a way of making diners feel they're in a European wine bar. Specialties include vegetarian offerings like zucchini carpaccio, seafood entrees like a grilled branzino with fig balsamic vinegar and an array of gourmet crostini to nibble on over happy hour cocktails.
Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal originally founded this casual gluten-free spot after debilitating stomach aches made it hard for her to enjoy a meal out. Now based in the West Village and Williamsburg, it's best known for allowing vegans and people with celiac disease to indulge in pizza, but it's also a good option for gluten-free brunches. Kick back in the brick-lined dining room and feast on highlights like the bennies, wild blueberry pancakes, and truffle-and-poached-egg pizza, and you'll come out a winner whether you've closed the deal or not.
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