DIN­NER AND DRINKS

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Plan a power lunch at Leña (176 Yonge St.), a Latin Amer­i­can restau­rant lo­cated in the his­toric Hud­son’s Bay build­ing. The in­te­rior com­bines the space’s pre-ex­ist­ing art deco ac­cents with some mod­ern flair, in­clud­ing an oc­tag­o­nal is­land bar. Try the Welling­ton County but­ler’s steak (grass-fed beef with fried quail eggs) or the mac­cheroni (cotechino sausage with roasted tomato and cin­na­mon ragout). Leña’s cock­tail se­lec­tion is just as im­pres­sive, with unique takes on the ne­groni ( fea­tur­ing bit­ter coc­chi ver­mouth di torino and or­ange) and old fash­ioned (with lap­sang sou­chong tea syrup and an­gos­tura bit­ters).

Ca­noe (66 Welling­ton St. W.), lo­cated on the 54th floor of the TD Tower, is a go-to spot in the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict for a busi­ness lunch or din­ner. The up­scale decor and in­cred­i­ble view make an im­pres­sive meet­ing place, and the menu of Que­bec foie gras ter­rine, Arc­tic char, tea-smoked duck breast and more will im­press any client.

For a more ca­sual at­mos­phere that’s still high- end, drop by the Cac­tus Club Cafe (77 Ade­laide St. W.), a west coast chain that of­fers wraps, bowls, sal­ads and steaks. If seafood is more your style, Lbs. (100 Yonge St.,) serves up fresh Nova Sco­tia lob­ster, surf ’n’ turf and a va­ri­ety of en­tic­ing oys­ters.

If you’ve eaten your way through the room ser­vice menu, Toronto has plenty of meal op­tions that can be de­liv­ered right to your room. Ser­vices like Foodora (foodora.ca), Just Eat (just-eat.ca), and DoorDash (doordash.com) of­fer lo­cal favourites in­clud­ing Taste of Thai­land, Mother In­dia, Poke Wrap and much, much more.

Mak­ing a deal over drinks? Beer­bistro (18 King St. E.) has some­thing for ev­ery­one, with 22 taps and 100 bot­tles from around the world—it even has a cel­lar for bot­tles that need a bit of spe­cial care. The chic Speakeasy 21 (21 Ade­laide St. W.) of­fers hand­made clas­sic cock­tails like the Man­hat­tan and the old fash­ioned. Try one of the cus­tom-made drinks, shaken and served in a Ma­son jar, like the rum cider punch or the mo­jito. Drake One Fifty (150 York St.), a spinoff restau­rant of the pop­u­lar Drake Ho­tel on Queen Street West, serves li­ba­tions named for a va­ri­ety of celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Gin­ger Rogers and the Six’s favourite son, Drake.

Leña

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