We live in Chicago but are staying downtown for a few nights to celebrate a special milestone birthday. Normally we go to a trendy small plate type restaurant that are busy and loud, but has great food (think Purple big, Tavernita), but want more quiet and refinement.
We want this one to be in the fine dine class and know the names of such places but not really which one would be worth it. We are thinking maybe Sixteen, have ruled out Everest because its rather old and we want more the latest, greatest. Impressed by the view at Sixteen and the chef's pedigree as protege of Joel Robuchon.
Are we going down the right path? What would be worth it? don't want to do Alinea becuase we'd like to stay downtown and don't want to deal with the whole ticket thing)
If you've been to sixteen, is the one of tasting menus the way to go? Which one? How about the wine pairing?
As an aside, we are deciding on which luxury hotel to stay at - Trump, Waldolf Astoria?
Thanks for any insignts!