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James Hill takes us on a business trip to New York City and shows us how to make it big in the city that never sleeps.

by James Hill 14 August 2017


NY has always been one of my top three cities to do business along with Tokyo and Singapore. It’s cutting edge, has an amazing energy and all the biggest global deals are closed in NY. If you want to get the sign on the dotted line, follow my 24 hour guide to New York City.

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I start my day at 7am with the mother of all work-outs at ‘SoulCycle’. This spin class will set me up for the whole day and give me the energy and focus I need for all my appointments.

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Getting around NY is so easy, you can hail a yellow cabs you on every corner and they all take credit cads or use can use their app to pay. Sometimes, I fancy using UBER instead, it’s so quick and easy and is always on hand to get me from one meeting to the next. Traffic at rush hour can sometimes be a problem, so on occasion I am partial to take the subway to where I need to be. Though not the most glamorous mode of transport, it is quick and efficient. After all, who has precious New York minutes to lose?

Business Breakfast

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If I have a breakfast meeting, with prospective clients, my go to spot has to be Balthzar. It is ideal for breakfast, with their amazing omelettes, lots of space and easy to get down to the nitty gritty over a strong cup of coffee. For the health conscious, The Mercer Kitchen serves up all of the classic American breakfast items, from omelettes and Benedicts to buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles. My personal favourite is their avocado toast — topped with Russ & Daughters smoked salmon. You can find it in the heart of The Mercer Hotel in the heart of Soho.

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Liaise over Lunch

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For a lunch meeting where I want to pitch the perfect proposal my favourite place is Bilboquet. With amazing food and service, it’s well located but very hard to get in so be sure to book at least 2 days in advance. Though it can get a little busy( and the tables are a little tight) the acoustics are good and you can hear yourself think. For somewhere a little more spacious try Casa Lever. It’s a really cool restaurant with an amazing collection of Andy Warhol pieces displayed around the whole location. A perfect location for business and an homage to some of the essence that the city represents.


After Office Aperitifs

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Wine lovers, if you love the grapes then you need to check out Bar Jamon. If you are with a client that adores their wines then blow them away with this amazing spot. As it’s quite small and cosy, I would only recommend Bar Jamon if there are just two of you. If you are with a few clients then take them for drinks at the the Baccarat Hotel Bar and Lounge. It’s chic and discrete and truly luxurious.

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Deal Closer Dining

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For dinner with clients you want to wine and dine, I would book the Cipriani down town which is always great and then if your clients fancy cocktails and music, go upstairs to the Socialista Club owned by the Cipriani. You need to make sure you’re on the list before you turn up. So be sure to make arrangement by telling them you are with your special clients and you want to impress. They will be more than happy to oblige your every need.

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