Coming in for one night
Money is no object.
Eating out with two other neurosurgeons (both in their 30's, both live in town (Wicker Park and Lincoln Park))
I am from NY, went to med school in Chicago in the 80's, and currently live in New Orleans. Last time I was in town, tried and loved Topo. Have been to Everest, and thought it was gorgeous, but too stuffy. My favorite New Orleans place is Stella!, and my all-time most extraordinary meal is a tie between Bouley and Daniel in Manhattan.
Those being my bona fides, I am looking for inventive, extraordinary, exotic, creative, eclectic inspired food first, second, and third. The setting and ambience count, but they can in no way make up for a mediocre meal.
Have been told I have to try Arun before I die. Is it the best place in town?
Other possibilities that have been mentioned by the group include:
I did scan the board before writing, but didn't see much on these specific choices.
If you think there are others that MUST be added to consideration, please don't hesitate to let me know.