I want to go out for a luxe fine dining dinner but can't do an Alinea style multi-course, multi-hour type tasting. Our favorites used to be Avenues (closed) and once upon a time, Seasons (closed). I have gotten to really enjoy Tru but their menu hasn't changed a smidgen (entree-wise) in 6 months. That has me questioning them (is this all you can do?) and a little bored (there are 4 seasons ... ok maybe only 3 in Chicago). So what to do. Spiaggia makes me cranky because of its prices and hard sell on 3 courses but the food is always good. Ria is closing and I truly get why. I loved the tasting menu but hated the ala carte and there were serious service and timing issues. Schwa, Bonsoirree and Goosefoot are non starters for my SO as they are too quirky and too many courses (I've done and loved Schwa and the others are on my must do list sans SO). For my options I see L20, Les Nomades and ???. I haven't been to L20 but it may be a little too fish centric for the SO. I haven't been to Les Nomades in many years and with Liccioni at the helm the menu looks interesting but I always found the place a bit fusty and too clubby. Anybody been recently? Am I missing options.
In a nut shell what I want is a fine dining restaurant with excellent food, elegant ambiance, quiet space where talking is the loudest noise. If I lived in NYC I'd be at Eleven Madison Park in a heartbeat.