Best of Boston

2003 Best Power Lunch


Finding the right place to discuss a delicate legal matter or negotiate a contract can be a conundrum in this town. Sure, there are plenty of restaurants open for lunch, but by noon most are too packed, and the staff too hurried, for the finesse a business deal needs. With its location just a stone’s throw from the Financial District and the State House, the glass-walled dining room at blu offers just the right stage for business deals with an elegant-but not-too-fussy menu and a waitstaff that knows how to keep a meal on a timely track. The sting of dropping stock-option prices can be less sharp, and the guarantee of a confirming handshake firmer, with a lobster, pancetta, and tomato sandwich on the table, or handmade spaghetti alla guitarra with fresh crabmeat and lemon bread crumbs.

4 Avery St., Boston, 617-375-8550,