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Schwa Substitute for week after Christmas

coopercj Dec 8, 2008 11:06 AM

Hi There-

We have relatives visiting from NYC the week of christmas, and were hoping to go to schwa, but as it turns out, they are closed all week :(

Does anyone have any thoughts on suitable replacements-- Something at a similar price point
with a cool vibe-- not necessarily as cutting edge as Schwa, or a BYOB-

I was thinking of perhaps Blackbird, Red Light, Sepia, Graham Elliot or Aigre Doux-or something like that. These are all places I have not yet been to, but have wanted to go-

Any help is appreciated!!

  1. nsxtasy Dec 8, 2008 11:37 AM

    The group you mentioned are all very good (at least, the ones I've been to). Red Light is a bit different from the others because it offers a pan Asian menu, whereas the others are all more along the lines of contemporary American. I love Aigre Doux in every way. Blackbird the food is great, but the seating is somewhat crammed and it's noisy. I haven't been to the other two.

    Here are two additional suggestions. If you want to go to a cool place that IS cutting edge like Schwa, then you might want to consider Moto. And if you want to go to a contemporary American place that's BYO (and also cool), Sweets and Savories is BYO on Mondays (and they also offer a discount on their tasting menu on Mondays).

    1. Chargenda Dec 8, 2008 12:31 PM

      Or what about Bonsoiree? It has that factor of being a small, byo place with great food and somehow feels very Chicago. Fine dining that is laid back and not stuffy, and outside of the downtown tourist area.

      1. YoYoPedro Dec 22, 2008 08:11 AM

        I would definitely second the reco for Bonsoirée. Some of the best food in Chicago, in an unpretentious, un-stuffy BYOB atmosphere. But phone way ahead for reservations, as it is a smaller place and they book up fast, especially if you are thinking of a weekend.

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