"chefy" in the city?
where would you take your sophisticated, cosmopolitan, well-traveled aunt to catch up over dinner tonight? we'd like something walkable or a quick cab ride from ontario/michigan.
serene, intimate, elegant space for quiet conversation
inventive, artful cuisine
gracious, polished service
"chefy," but not sparse or inaunthentic
*wish to avoid*
mexican, french and italian
thanks in advance.
Here are a few ideas within a short cab ride, and all are open on Monday. I think they fit your criteria in terms of both food and atmosphere.
1) Crofton on Wells (American) - perfect for conversation; excellent food and service. croftononwells.com
2) Naha (American/Mediterranean) - I would place this ahead of Crofton on Wells, but it can get a little loud. However, dining early and on a Monday would likely alleviate that concern. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. naha-chicago.com
3) Kevin (American/Asian) - Excellent food and service and great for conversation, although I must admit I have not been there in a while. kevinrestaurant.com
BRB beat me to Crofton on Wells, but based on my experience from a couple of years back, that would be my rec as well. The combination of serene/intimate with artistic/inventive is not as easy to find as you'd expect in the downtown area, altho early on a Monday could open up a lot more possibilities if you wanted to take a chance (nice early prix fixe at CoW, tho; take a look):