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Weekend in Chicago for Two NYC Foodies - help!


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Weekend in Chicago for Two NYC Foodies - help!

angelalala | | Oct 24, 2007 07:27 AM

Hi Chicago Hounds!!

A couple of NYC food-lovers coming to Chi-town this weekend for our annual Halloween trip. We adore your city! But we haven’t delved deeply enough into the food scene. We are visiting a group of friends, and they’ve taken us to some of their favorite spots in the past (Giordano’s, Margie’s, Anne Sather) but we’re looking to branch out a bit this time around.

Here are some thoughts/preferences:

- I adore great desserts. I particularly love gelato, pies, and anything made with fresh fruit, but if you have a lead on some great pignoli cookies, I’d be all ears. I’d also love to find some good chocolate truffles to leave with the friends we’re staying with.
- Our favorite cuisine is probably Indian, but we also love Mexican and sushi, and we’re open to trying anything and everything.
- We dig the Chicago-style pizza quite a bit, but being from NY we get enough pizza at home, so we’d probably like to steer clear of that.
- Would love to discover a place with really interesting cocktails. Particularly a place we could swing by with a costumed group on Saturday night. :)
- My boyfriend is a coffee nerd, so if you could point him toward the best latte in the city I’m sure he’d love you for it.
- We’re vegetarian… but it’s not a huge concern of ours. We’re not going to get braised lamb, obviously, but every restaurant seems to have great veggie options so it doesn’t matter hugely to us what the cuisine is. We like trying new things and can always find something to eat wherever we go.
- Price - We’re not looking for anything super fancy - anywhere from very cheap up to maybe $40 per person.
- Number of diners: could be just the two of us, could be two couples, could be a group of 10-12 friends.

Thanks in advance! And in return for your kind recommendations, I have one for you: the next time you’re in NYC, check out a place called Mole on the Lower East Side. It’s fairly new, and it’s a very small Mexican place. Getting a fair amount of hype, too, so expect a bit of a wait. The atmosphere isn’t much (the room is so small) but the food’s amazing – all fresh ingredients and just delicious. Service is outstanding, although the food takes awhile to come out. Get the tortilla soup, skip the tamales. And make sure you try one of their margaritas – they change up the flavors every day based on what fruits they have hanging around.

205 Allen St, New York, NY 10002