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May 15, 2007 09:37 PM

Romantic Birthday Dinner

My newish boyfriend is taking me out for my birthday. Does anyone have any recommendations for a nice intimate meal. I would not feel comfortable asking to go to tru or alinea. Think posh, but not outrageous.

Thank you in advance.

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    1. Blackbird perhaps? There's the one side (west?) that would be better for couples as you're not right on top of the people next to you.

      Otherwise, narrowing down the area (as nsxtasy asked) will help.

      1. There are a lot of nice places all over town that would make for a nice birthday meal. Here are a few suggestions, grouped by area.

        South Loop - Custom House
        Near West Loop - one sixtyblue, Blackbird, Red Light
        River North - Naha, Coco Pazzo
        Michigan Avenue - Bistro 110, Cafe Spiaggia, Coco Pazzo Cafe
        Bucktown/Wicker Park - Spring, Cafe Matou, Scylla
        Lincoln Park - North Pond, Sweets and Savories
        Lincoln Square - Sola
        Evanston - Oceanique, Chef's Station, Va Pensiero, the Stained Glass, Jacky's Bistro

        All of these are elegant but casual, intimate (not overly cramped), and price range is $18-35 for entrees, or $65-125 per person including tax/tip and moderate alcohol.