Sunday night dinner & bar - nice ambience!
I'm originally from Chicago, but have been away for several years living in Las Vegas and most recently Toronto. I'm coming back with my GF for the weekend and would like to go out somewhere great Sunday night, not too "stuffy" but a great ambience, good food and wine and in a neighbourhood where we could go to a bar afterwards or a club for some drinks, etc.
Some ideas I've had are. I'm by no means constrained to these though, and not sure I'm crazy that any of these would really leave us in a great area for going out afterwards. Any ideas???
Marche - West Loop - French Bistro
Nacional 27 - River North - Spanish/Latin American
Japanois - River West - Asian Fusion
Cafe Bernard - Lincoln Park - French Bistro
Room 21 - South Loop - Trendy
Aigre Doux - West Loop - Trendy
Le Bouchon - Bucktown - French Bistro
Cyrano's - River North - French Bistro
You can also check out some of the newer ones:
Graham Elliot (River North)
Blue13 (River North)
Piccolo Sogno (River West)
Sepia (West Loop)
Mercat a la Planxa (Grant Park)
And some classics you may have forgotten
Le Colonial (Gold Coast)
Nomi -Roofdeck (Mag Mile)
Merlo on Maple (Gold Coast)
Avec (West Loop)
Blackbird (West Loop)
Japonais is a good choice as they have a great lounge where you could go afterwards. The food there is great. If you chose, Le Bouchon, you could go to the Bluebird afterwards - a wine bar nearby. You could also go to Keefer's then to Andy's afterwards for some cocktails and jazz. Have fun!