My friend will be taking me out for my b-day and we have to stay in the loop and immediate vicinity. Any recs? I am looking for something like The Gage, but I have been there numerous times. Price: $15-$20 entrees. Cusine: American, Italian, Seafood. Nothing too ethnic as my dining partner is not *too* adventurous.
On a separate note, I just learned my wonderful husband made an Alinea reservation for my b-day this Saturday - yeah!!!!! Has anyone been there recently? I read that Grant Achatz is battling cancer :( and wonder if he is still over-seeing the kitchen / menu.