Business Lunch Trends: Choosing Restaurants and Box Lunch Options

Mangia NYC caters to the pulse of the modern business lunch scene.

What’s for lunch?

In the workplace, deciding the answer to this question can not only satisfy hunger, but it can also impact productivity. That is why for more than four decades, Mangia NYC has kept up with current business lunch trends while also anticipating future trends.

As per a recent piece featured on UpMenu, “2024 has emerged as a year of groundbreaking innovation, cultural fusion, and heightened sustainability consciousness. From global kitchen influences making their mark on local menus to eco-centric food practices gaining traction, this year has set a smorgasbord of tantalizing trends on our plates.”[1]

What does this mean in relationship to business lunch trends?

When it comes to choosing a restaurant, the business person is looking for food that is not just flavorful but is also innovative, creative, and in line with current dining preferences. One rising trend is Global Fusion, where culinary traditions blend to create novel hybrid dishes.

Chefs are delighted with current dining trends because they allow them to experiment with new and unique recipes that include these elements thereby, revitalizing the restaurant’s menu while attracting new clients and reconnecting with existing ones.

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No time for dining in?

Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to taking time for lunch during the workday. Consequently, the lunch box has become a staple in the business world. However, not all lunch boxes are equal.

Clients want a delicious lunch that incorporates all the same elements they look for when choosing a restaurant. That is where restaurants such as Mangia NYC, the iconic artisan Italian eatery, set themselves apart from the crowd. With seven kitchens throughout New York City, each lunch box is freshly made-to-order and can be delivered to the customer’s door.

Variety is the spice of life!

The growing popularity of the lunch box trend involves offering a diverse array of meal options.

Mangia NYC provides customers with the flexibility to customize lunch boxes to suit their preferences. Whether it is a box featuring a sandwich and side salad, a more extensive option with an entrée, a side salad, treat, and drink, or a lunch box featuring one of their gourmet bowls along with a treat and a drink – customization is key. Moreover, there are vegan and gluten-free options available.


What about sustainability?

Diners are seeking a meal that stands out for its freshness, uniqueness, sustainability, as well as its healthy ingredients. Crucial to the lunch box trend is that it must be convenient to order and there needs to be a variety of options. Additionally, today’s business lunch buyer insists on sustainable practices in every element of their meal including utensils and packaging.

Whether dining in, taking out, having lunch delivered, or catering for the board of directors, the current business lunch trends are representative of today’s prevailing dietary patterns. Likewise, these trends affirm the significance of the business lunch as an important and possibly undervalued aspect of the workday.

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