This blog was originally published in 2014; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information possible. 

First impressions are relatively instantaneous.  An impending business dinner with a potential client or customer might put knots in the stomachs of even the most calm and collected business people. There’s so much at stake!

An easy way to kick off your first meeting with a bang? Choose a great restaurant for dinner!

Check out some of our favorite spots on Long Island for a business dinner. 


Location: 10 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY

Blackstone is considered the premiere steakhouse on Long Island, with its architectural beauty and comfortable, yet upscale interior.

What makes it so perfect for client meetings? The oversized booths make for a great environment for quiet conversation without intruding on a client’s space. Additionally, the menu has something for all palates. In addition to steaks, there are entrees and a long list of drinks.


Location: 58 Jericho Pike, Syosset, NY

Considered perfect for client dinners due to its quiet and relaxed atmosphere, Franina also has a dynamic menu of traditional Italian favorites.

With both lunch and dinner menus, as well as a long list of wines and cocktails, you can enjoy conversation, great service and delicious food during your next Long Island client meal.


Location: 1615 Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton Turkpike, NY

If you’d like your next dinner meeting to have a more private and homey feel, Estia’s Little Kitchen is Sag Harbor is an outstanding choice.

The menu is full of traditional favorites like paella, crab cakes, and grilled skirt steak. You won’t have to forego service or taste to get the personal, local touches this all-in-one little restaurant provides. And the scenery on the way to the restaurant is truly a sight to behold.


Location: 215 West Main Street, Smithtown, NY

This Smithtown destination serves fresh daily seafood, with selections of finfish, shellfish and more.

They also offer plenty of landfare, including a Wednesday-night prix fixe menu with multiple courses.

They also specializes in the most impressive selections of New York wine.


Location: 5599 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY

With an extensive martini menu and chic, upscale ambiance, Hudson’s Mill is a great option for both casual and high-stakes client meetings.

Their menu features exceptional entrees like Cajun penne pasta, Andouille sausage, tequila Mahi Mahi and more.

When it’s time for a drink, you can choose from their extensive wine list or indulge in a delicious specialty cocktail.


Location: 5012 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island, NY

If you’re looking to dip your toes into some genuine French cuisine (while impressing your client), Tournesol on Long Island is an ideal choice.

Their menu consists of French favorites like Croque Monsieur, Terrine of Foie Gras, and quiche Lorraine.

If you’d like to turn your business dinner into a brunch, they have full brunch menu with delectable selections like eggs benedict royal and marinated salmon gravlax.

Finding a great restaurant for a business dinner might seem, at first, like a tall order (no pun intended).

But you’ll find in researching some of the impressive destinations around Long Island that the city is a hearth for delicious local foods, great customer service and atmosphere that is perfect for impressive a new client or prospect.