Hg2 : The Hedonist


Bacchanalian pleasure seekers and well-pressed power suits meet at Perbacco, one of the Financial District restaurants, to enjoy Northern Italian fare in a spacious interior with Mediterranean panache. It is an immaculate sophistication garnished with a hint of warmth that sets Perbacco apart from other more stuffy power spots. At lunch seasonal salads, such burrata or heirloom tomatoes, are choice starters. Pastas are, of course, homemade-the roast veal and cabbage stuffed agnolotti is a house favourite. For dinner, the posh dining room typically hosts an older crowd of business types and tourists, while the bar upfront buzzes with some of the city’s most chic movers and shakers. Centrally located in the Financial District, Perbacco lures stylish downtown denizens for business lunches that are at once elegant and comfortable. Major lunchtime negotiations go down in the formal dining room, where a conservative neutral palette is conducive to serious conversation. Booths in the lounge and numerous seats at the bar host more casual gatherings for a leisurely lunch or modish happy hour. Perbacco’s namesake may be the god of wine-and the restaurant has an abundance to choose from-but the cocktails here are truly delightful. Make like the regulars and order a Dieci (Campari, gin, and grapefruit) or the Notte Piccante, a spicy concoction mixed with Amber Liqueur.

230 California Street (Front St),
Financial District
+1 415-955-0663
Opening Times
11.30am (5.30pm Sat)-10pm (11pm Fri). Closed Sundays.
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