+

10 Places

16 Suggestions

Expand Map

10 Places

16 Suggestions

Restaurants & Bars

Sunday - Brunch and Dinner

obiwandog | Feb 24, 201502:21 PM     3

Hi all.

Planning a day with my wife as a surprise for her birthday (~1 month away). For those who can ID me based on my username, shhhh! You know she deserves better than me so let her have this day….

Looking at brunch and significantly later dinner. I’d prefer to keep brunch a bit lighter and focus on mimosas and maybe a little music and conversation without needing a 3 hour nap afterwards.

Dinner preferences would be seafood, Italian, steak or contemporary (avoid Asian please) – huge tasting menus are out, but we love to share small plate and mix and match our way through a menu.

Logistics: Downtown, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Near North – we are locals and adept at “L”, Walking, Uber, etc. – think South of North Avenue and North of Congress, East of Halsted…
Price is not the primary concern, but dinner ballpark would be $100 bottle of wine and $70/pp on food before Tax and Tip.

Past winners mirror nsxtasy’s top 10 or so, add Bavettes and eliminated Alinea and a few others as they are over the top for this (and too hard to get in to), but Sable, GT, Purple Pig, Anteprima are on track

Considering Nico Osteria as my current backup for dinner, but we have been there before and like to try new places.

The following are out as we’ve done them, but wanted to give a flavor for our tastes:
We liked Tanta, but too loud for this night,
Prosecco was great, but too recently visited
GT Fish
Beatrix
Boarding house didn’t rock our world, good but they seem confused and it shows

Any and all ideas appreciated and thank you in advance!

Alinea
The Purple Pig
Anteprima
Tanta Chicago
Prosecco
GT Fish & Oyster
Nico Osteria
Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Beatrix
Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

BBQ 101: How to Grill for Beginners
Guides

BBQ 101: How to Grill for Beginners

by Greg Stegeman | The weather is getting nicer, Memorial Day is on the horizon, and summer is right around the corner...

The Best Grills, BBQ Tools, and Grill Accessories
Guides

The Best Grills, BBQ Tools, and Grill Accessories

by Jen Wheeler | If you're in the market for a new grill, grill brush, or basically any other BBQ tool, grill accessory...

A Comprehensive Guide to Barbecue Sauce Across the Country
Guides

A Comprehensive Guide to Barbecue Sauce Across the Country

by Greg Stegeman | Barbecue sauce is a blanket term that doesn't necessarily do justice to all the regional styles of...

Battle of the BBQ: Where Can You Find the Best in the South?
Guides

Battle of the BBQ: Where Can You Find the Best in the South?

by Joey Skladany | As a self-proclaimed sauce connoisseur and fan of barbecue varieties specifically, I was more than...

See what's new!

View latest discussions ›

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.