Palmer House Hilton this Saturday
We are staying at the Palmer House this Saturday and wanted nearby suggestions for an anniversary dinner. We'd like to be able to walk..Any suggestions where we might go in the snow? :)
Atwood Cafe (State and Washington) - very good contemporary American food. This is my favorite place to go before the Theater. If you want to go anytime before 7:30 be sure to make a reservation early (I'm not the only one who goes there before the theater)
Trattoria 10 - very good Italian.
Rhapsody - The restaurant connected to the Symphony center. I haven't been, but its gotten some good reviews on this board in the last few months.
Also, if you are willing to hop in a cab, your options increase exponentially.
Rhapsody is a good option, since there's an event at the Symphony Center at 8 pm, reservations seem to only be available after 7:30 or at 5:15. I'd suggest later,but that's just me.
Russian Tea Time is right there as well...same deal with reservations most likely.
But, as Suz says, if you are willing to get in a cab (easy to get in that area) you'll have more options.
Vivere, for Italian food, is very good, and it's just a block and a half down the street. Note that the Italian Village consists of three restaurants. Vivere is the fine dining restaurant on the ground floor, NOT to be confused with the other two restaurants there.
If you're looking for a VERY special place to celebrate the occasion, Everest is one of the very best restaurants in the city and is just a few blocks further. It may be tough to get reservations at this late date, but perhaps the concierge in the hotel can help you with that.
Honestly there's not alot right around the Palmer House.... it's sort of like a morgue at night with a real "Woolworths" feel to alot of the stores around there. Take a $5 cab ride across the river into River North and you'll have dozens more options with more "warmth" on a cold evening.
if you want some specific ideas, give us some idea of cuisines you like.
I really enjoyed the Big Downtown which is at the Palmer House. I had a splendid lobster ravioli the last time I was there. And their dirty martinis are wicked!!! Atwood Cafe is a good choice. It can be very crowded during theater times, though.
One additional place not previously mentioned here is the Park Grill Chicago, which is located just north of the Art Institute at the entrance to Millenium Park. The food and service are good, and the location is great (right behind, and looking out on, the skating rink). Outdoor dining is available in the warmer times of year. www.parkgrillchicago.com