The Best New-ish Restaurants in Chicago to Try ASAP
A $100-ish eight-course tasting menu? Speak no more. We’re sold. And that’s just the tip of the restaurant iceberg hitting Chicago this season. So get your restaurant apps ready, it’s time to make some rezzies.
Sleek design and New American fare put this Noble Square restaurant in a class with fine-dining destinations like Blackbird and Grace. The difference is that the eight-course tasting menu here will set you back a modest $110 (um, that’s quite the steal).
933 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-697-4961 or temporischicago.com
Homemade pasta’s great and all, but homemade pasta packets filled with cheese? They’re transcendent. So order the sortallini (for yourself), share some other plates (like the crab salad and waffle fries) and indulge in the creative cocktail menu.
3209 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-252-0997 or giantrestaurant.com
From the decor to the menu, Danish influences pervade all aspects of this hotly anticipated new restaurant. The chefs are both Paul Kahan protégés, so odds are this will be a memorable meal.
1350 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-1314 or elskerestaurant.com
Reservations at Kitsune were sold out even before it opened. Now that things have slowed down (slightly), grab your chance to feast on ramen (our fave’s the tonkotsu with egg and pork belly, but there’s also a vegan option) in the Japanese pub setting.
4229 N. Lincoln Ave.; kitsunerestaurant.com
Delicious veggie preparations like beet tartare, butter dumplings and wood-grilled carrots may convince you to go vegetarian. But if not, there’s still an array of tasty meat dishes to savor—we’re looking at you, chicken thigh kebab.
802 W. Randolph St.; 312-265-1745 or badhunter.com
El Che Bar
Chef John Manion has written a love letter to Argentina in this dinner-and-cocktails destination. And we’re head over heels, too. Especially with the asado.
845 W. Washington Blvd.; 312-265-1130 or elchebarchicago.com
Chicago’s first Kurdish restaurant has landed in East Lakeview. Not familiar with the cuisine? Look for lamb, eggplant and other ingredients similar to what you’d find in a Turkish restaurant.
2909 N. Clark St.; 773-904-8120
Pretty much everything at this spin-off of the beloved West Loop eatery will give you that rib-sticking full feeling, in a glorious way. But since you have to pick, we recommend the burger.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-904-1121 or publicananker.com
Steak is the main focus here, but it comes with a modern, sexy ambiance that you won’t get at most traditional steakhouses.
707 N. Wells St.; 312-600-6305 or gtprimerestaurant.com
Won Fun & 2 Fun Chinese
If lately your Instagram feed has been littered with shots of red-lanterned ceilings, you can thank this place. The dramatic decor is one reason to go, but the real draw is the menu of Sichuan classics.
905 W. Randolph St.; 312-877-5967 or funfunchinese.com