my wife and i are likely going to be in chicago the weekend before thanksgiving, and i was thiking of going to alinea one night for dinner, and moto the other night. yeah, i know what the costs are of both, but the knockout food reviews are so enticing.
so, here's my questions.
-> i saw through this link (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397556) that alinea takes reservations 2 months out. is moto the same way? i would try calling on sept 1 to book for both places, or is that too early?
-> do we have to let them know that we'll have the tasting menu when we phone reservations? if so, do we have to let them know which tasting menu? since we're coming from the east coast, we would NOT be looking for an 8pm sitdown, for example.
-> what are the dress requirements? i know per se is men jackets...but wd-50 is just nice casual.
lunch - knowing that i'll be going to those places for dinner, any suggestions on lunch in the vicinity of monroe/state street station? i don't like sausage or hot dogs; it could be a generic dive place with a small meal, or even as simple as a chicago style pizza place that's overlooked.
finally - i'm not into the arts, the bears and don't need to see the CBOT/CME. what's some good things to do in chicago on a friday and saturday? i'm comfortable with nyc subway, so public transportation isn't a concern.
thanks for any help from a hudson valley (ny) hounder...