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Anniversary dinner downtown / Thoughts on MK?

My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary downtown in September and are considering our dining options. Topolobampo's available reservations were too late for us, so we snapped one up at MK. We've been hearing positive and negative about MK, so we're wondering what other places people might recommend as a romantic dinner in the downtown area. Not really looking for 3 hour degustations (not that I mind...). We'll be at the Burnham Hotel, so walk/short cab from there preferred. By the way, if you read LTH you'll have seen this question there, and the only response I've received so far is one saying not to stereotype Custom House as a steakhouse (which may be a very good discussion to have, but not exactly helping me).

If we can't agree on anything else, we get a small dinner and do the 9 p.m. dessert tasting at Tru, which would hardly be a disaster.

Thanks in advance!

--Bill Pardue

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  1. The Atwood Cafe, in your hotel is very good. I recommend going after the Theater crowd leaves, around 7:30. While the theater people are there, it's all kind of rushed.

    I haven't been to MK downtown. For a while they had another location in the Northern suburbs (MK North), but I was never wowed and the service was terrible.

    1. I agree with SuzMiCo, regarding the Atwood Cafe. Had a pre-theater birthday dinner there once that was superb, and the server did everything possible to get us out on time without feeling rushed. Superb food and service. As far as mk, it is one of my favorite "old standbys" (until I tried North Pond Cafe), and I have never had a less than stellar meal there, both in terms of food and service. I have only been to the River North location, as I usually only pass through the northern suburbs as a way to access Wisconsin.

      1. We have always enjoyed Naha. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is more serene than MK's.

        http://www.naha-chicago.com

        Haven't been to Everest in a long time but the room and view is very romantic. It still gets great reviews from the critics.

        1. My fiance and I went to mk the night we got engaged and we had a lovely time. The food and service were great and it wasn't too loud so we could actually hear each other. They also have nice low, romantic lighting that makes any new jewelry you might be wearing look very sparkly :-)

          1. Naha, mk and Custom House are all very good.