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May 14, 2007 06:01 PM

Okay, last time - Boka or One SixtyBlue?

Dinner for a special occassion .... celebrating a friend's marriage ... just a few days before the wedding ... where should we go?

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      nsxtasy- Why one sixtyblue so adamantly; have you had a bad experience with Boka, have you been since new chef or is one sixtyblue just that much better. Just curious on your thoughts; I have not been to either but have a reservation at Boka coming up for a special occasion and so am interested in your feedback. Thanks

      1. re: forzagto

        I haven't been to Boka, so my comment shouldn't be interpreted as anything (one way or the other) about Boka. The reason I am so strong on one sixtyblue is that it is (IMHO, of course) the best restaurant in its price range in the entire city, a place where every dish you order is absolutely divine, and consistently so. Is Boka *that* good? I don't know. But I know of many, many places that aren't.

        Again, nothing against Boka. Go, and enjoy it - and please report back on how everything was! If it's really spectacular, I'll add it to my never-ending list of places to try (we all have one of those, right?).

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thanks. You've now sold me on making one sixtyblue a 'must try' in the near future. I'll let you know how Boka is next month.

          1. re: forzagto

            Well this all makes me feel good about my choice - HOWEVER .... I just met someone who told me Spring is the absolute must-go-to restaurant in Chicago. Either that .... or Blackbird! Oh no!!!

            So now .... Blackbird OR Spring????????? or should I stick with my original plan ....... ?

            1. re: SnowWhite

              All three are outstanding places. My personal preference would be one sixtyblue over Blackbird, and Blackbird over Spring, but it's a close call, and you will have an excellent meal at any of them. These are three of the very best of our "new American" casual fine dining restaurants.

              1. re: SnowWhite

                What type of food and atmosphere do you want? spring is fabulous seafood with an austere/zen atmosphere (not my vote), blackbird is minimaliast with tables really cllose together and loud (great food, but to celebrate a special occasion like that, not what I would choose. I think you'd be happiest at 160 blue--pretty room, FABULOUS food and pretty quiet room. But, I love BOKA, too. Especially if you want that romantic atmosphere--if you can dine outside--their garden is so pretty.

                1. re: ljero

                  I wouldn't describe Boka as romantic, exactly. More trendy, really, and I don't mean that as an insult. It is a great looking restaurant. I've been twice. Service was terrible the first time, but I think our waiter was inexperienced. Second time, with a group of friends, went much smoother. We had a great time. I've been to onesixty blue once and it was excellent.