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
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!