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#ForksOut: New Restaurants as of September 15, 2022

While New York in the Fall might make Meg Ryan want to buy school supplies, our mind travels elsewhere: to the great restaurants NYC has to offer. If your business travels take you to the Big Apple, you'll want to take note of the new New York restaurants in our network — which include both long-time local favorites and swanky new hot spots. Of course, you can always find excellent in-network options just about anywhere else, too!

Brooklyn, NY

Is it your turn to get donuts for the office? Here’s how to up your game and win over your co-workers. Brandon’s Donuts are perfect: not too light, not too heavy. Crisp on the outside and soft inside. They’re made fresh hourly, and besides the extensive and ever-changing menu of doughy delights, you can customize your own creation. Brandon’s also offers catering and a portable donut wall for extra special corporate events!

New York, NY

A restaurant, speakeasy, and lounge all in one, Brasserie SAINT Marc was instantly heralded as an East Village hot spot when it opened earlier this year. Featuring globally-inspired seasonal menus by Chef Nicholas Cox, this establishment is also a feast for the eyes. From the dining room to the patio to the discreet downstairs speakeasy, the botanical ambiance is as dreamy as it gets. For elevated business gatherings, be sure to inquire about private dining.

3 locations in NC, SC, and TN

Here’s another business dining destination that wows from the moment you walk through the door. Each of Church and Union’s three participating locations feature a cutting-edge vibe, from the bold murals on the walls to the quotes painted on the ceiling. Then there’s the menu, featuring client-worthy favorites like chilled Maine lobster, premium oysters, and dry-aged New York Strip. Church & Union’s event team can also help you plan a memorable company event.

Brooklyn, NY

It’s the oldest bar in Brooklyn and the third-largest in NYC (really!), but Court Street Tavern is still a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Besides the rich history preserved in the decor, Court Street boasts foodie-friendly lunch, dinner, and signature cocktail menus to delight everyone in your business dining party. There are two private event spaces: the semi-private “Library” lounge and a gorgeous garden patio. Fun fact: Al Capone once hosted his wedding reception here.

Houston, TX

Voted “Houston’s Best Bakery and Desserts,” Dessert Gallery is ready to take your business celebration from good to great. Its “Gourmet Graphics” — treats you can customize with your company logo or any other image — are designed to dazzle and taste as awesome as they look. This women-owned bakery also offers a wide selection of customizable corporate gifts for any occasion or budget. Gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly goodies are also available.

4 additional locations in MO and OH

Did you know October is First Responders Month? It’s the perfect time to show your support for these hometown heroes, and you can do that just by eating at Firehouse Subs. A portion of your business dining purchase at all U.S. Firehouse Subs locations goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to be used to provide lifesaving equipment. Stop by for a quick meal during your travels, or order a platter for your whole team!

New York, NY

No matter your rank at the office, King’s Cafe makes you feel like royalty (only without all the pressure). Every aspect of this NYC establishment is designed to help you “put stress to rest,” from its swanky decor to aptly-named menu items like the Queen’s Gambit cocktail or the King’s Smashburger. King’s Cafe also offers private corporate events for up to 150 members of your royal entourage, with prix fixe and family-style menus.

Charlotte, NC

Nothing screams sophistication quite like a French brasserie, especially when it’s got this much character. La Belle reopened earlier this year with new owners (5th Street Group) and a refreshed space, giving Uptown Charlotte a long-awaited high-end French restaurant perfect for business affairs. On “Le Menu” are timeless French delicacies like foie gras, escargot, and boeuf bourguignon. Planning a private corporate event? La Belle can accommodate a wide range, from intimate dinners to large-scale parties.

Brooklyn, NY

A tropical oasis in Bushwick? Believe it! Rebel Cafe & Garden is the place to celebrate all things food, music, and art with your team. Its heated outdoor garden is the perfect setting to sip a frosé during happy hour. Inside, the lush, tropical vibes feel straight out of Havana. Three glam spaces are available for private business events: the full (covered) garden, semi-private garden, and “The Rose” — a chic hidden nightclub in the basement.

3 locations in CO

As one of the biggest fast food chains in the country, Subway makes it convenient for you to “Eat Fresh” no matter where your business travels take you. Besides launching a refreshed menu earlier this year, Subway also released several online exclusive sandwiches from “The Vault,” with mouthwatering subs created by your favorite sports icons.

12 locations in TX

Is there ever a wrong time for tacos? We think not. At Tacodeli, you can get ’em for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Everything on the expansive menu is prepared by hand with high-quality ingredients, and with rotating seasonal specials, you’ll always find something new to savor (Chile Relleno taco, anyone?). Need catering for the office? Make it a fiesta with a customizable buffet or individually bagged meals.

Charleston, SC

POV: you’re spending a few days in Charleston on business and want to make the most of your visit. Where do you dine? Experience some of Charleston’s finest cuisine at Tempest, which won USA Today’s “Best New Restaurant in the Country” award in 2020. Located on Market Street in the historic Harriott Pinckney Home, Tempest serves local, sustainable seafood with a seasonal menu from Top Chef alumnus Jamie Lynch. Private dining and large group reservations are welcome!

6 locations in CA

Sweet dreams are made of these (burgers). Counter Custom Burgers offers infinite build-your-own burger combinations to satisfy all your midweek cravings — plus signature sandwiches, fries, craft beers, regional wines, and oh-so-indulgent milkshakes. Want to bring the “counter” to the office? Their catering isn’t your run-of-the-mill burger bar. There are unique toppings and sides to make any work occasion feel a little extra special, as well as vegetarian and special diet options.

Emeryville, CA

How’s this for a business dining icebreaker: Townhouse started as a speakeasy during prohibition and later turned into a brothel before becoming Townhouse Bar and Grill. Townhouse remains an Emeryville institution to this day, and not just because of its rich history. Its kitchen crew has created a menu of elevated comfort foods that are fresh, local, and delicious. With indoor and outdoor seating, it’s the perfect setting for private corporate events, too.

Del Mar, CA

These brews come with a view! Situated along the beautiful San Dieguito Lagoon, Viewpoint is the area’s “O.G.” brewery offering 20 house-brewed taps. It also provides a full-service dining experience, serving “familiar dishes reinterpreted” by Executive Chef Mike Patula, like the Korean steak sandwich, chicken schnitzel, and elevated bar snacks. Bring your favorite co-workers (and even your doggo!), grab a spot by a fire table, and enjoy a can’t-miss business dining experience.

2 locations in WA

Zeeks’ passionate founders sought to create “something special and uniquely Northwest.” Considering that was back in 1993 and Zeeks remains a favorite local haunt, we’d say they succeeded. On the menu: both classic and “adventurous” pizzas, from tomato-based to spicy Thai flavors — all perfect for pairing with one of the many regional beers on tap.

The restaurants here are just the newest partners to join the Dinova preferred business dining network. Wherever you are, and wherever you’re headed, we’ve got restaurant partners ready for your business! Use the Dinova desktop search tool or our free mobile app to search through all in-network options. Happy dining!