Looking for a fun and upscale dinner spot
Eight foodies will be making a weekend trip to Chicago. We were looking for a fun and upscale place for dinner on Friday night where a large group will feel comfortable. I used to live in Chicago but I've forgotten some places and I'm sure there are great new spots. I did like places like Marche and Blackbird. Are they still good? I loved Charlie Trotters but that might be a little too upscale for what we are looking for. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
Blackbird is still very good. Marche, on the other hand, has gone downhill. To be honest I'm surprised it is still around. Kleiner's been opening a ton of other restaurants which seem to have more focus than Marche.
You might give Follia a try. It's small, but they take reservations for 8. It's minimalist decor, perhaps a little more modern, than Blackbird. Roman Italian. Very very good, chic, fun. Also in the market district...Fulton Market.
How upscale do you want to go? I mean if Trotters is too upscale, Alina might be, but it's certainly fun.
Blackbird is still fabulous and it would be my choice. I'm not a fan of Trotter's and you can't tell what you're being served at Alinea (molecular gastronomy...bacon on a trapeeze...). Also, Alinea would also be too upscale.
i went to north pond about a month ago and was really charmed. the setting couldn't be nicer (it's on the park) and it was a very good meal of seasonal midwest ingredients. i think the chef shops a lot at the city green market which is also in the park (not sure of the days, def. saturday). anyway we loved it!
I was always underwhelmed by Blackbird, but have eaten almost monthly @ Marche for a few years and still love it.