Hi--staying near the Water Tower tonight and looking for a good dinner where I'll feel comfortable eating alone. Anything but Indian or pizza (already loved Lou Malnati's); am always happy to eat at the bar rather than a table. Inventive cocktails a plus. I'm willing to spend some money on this--delicious food (local places only--no chains) and a comfortable, non-stuffy atmosphere are the musts.
I'm willing to take a cab/the L/the subway as long as it's relatively easy to get there and back.