Coming for a Saturday-Monday in June, was able to get a rez at Alinea for Sunday 8:30, which was a real sonovabitch, but is done. We love absolutely all food, especially authentic ethnic food (real Mexican tortas, real Japanese Kaiseki, etc) and also are really fond of innovative small plates. Our ideal meal is going somewhere along the lines of Tru, but ordering a la carte and trying 5 or 6 or 7 things to share (and getting away for about $100 without booze) rather than doing the super expensive tasting menus, although I'm certain Alinea is well worth the loot.
I'm a huge fan of craft beer, I'd love to sneak some chicago pizza (do any of the good spots do it by the slice?)
We're staying near Wacker & Michigan and love walking places & doing "food tours" where we & some friends stop at 4 or 5 restaurants in a day and each order a small plate or two and all share, just to try as much of what the city has to offer as possible. Last time we were in NYC I think we were able to hit like 31 restaurants in a little over 48 hours :)
Anyway thanks a million for your input, and I'm sorry if this has already been answered, but I couldn't find specifically this topic addressed in any posts thus far.
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