Where to The Palm. The steakhouse chain got its start in the ’20s in New York, opened by Italian immigrants. It came to Boston in 1996, but this restaurant is brand new. The Copley Place outpost closed, and a spacious iteration just opened on the Greenway.
What for A visit to a balmier economic era. Leisurely midday meals are supposedly extinct, with workers hunkered down in cubicles, lunch crumbs scattered over their keyboards. But here the business lunch is alive and well, as wine and cocktails are poured for patrons looking less than rushed on the sunny patio. (One sign of our times is a “power lunch” menu, $25.90 for three courses.) As for the after-work hours, a bartender says, they are “controlled chaos.”