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Jul 15, 2010 01:48 PM


Good Afternoon Chicago Hounds,

My family is in Chicago for 3 nights on a business trip, I have one night to dine with 2 adults 2 children. Somebody told us about Naha, does anybody been recently and could give us a short review. Also open to any further suggestions. Thank you

500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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  1. Naha is a very good, creative contemporary American restaurant. It's been a while for me, but hopefully others here can chime in about recent visits. I assume you've checked out their website at

    As for further suggestions, it would help to have more information, to narrow down among our many excellent restaurants. For example, if you'd like places close to your hotel, let us know which one it is, or its approximate location. And if you're interested in contemporary American restaurants, let us know; same thing with other types of cuisine (fine dining, steakhouses, seafood, Italian, French bistros, pan-Asian, Mexican, Latin fusion, tapas, etc - just about any type of food, including most ethnicities, can be found here).

    Again, Naha is fine, and would be a good recommendation if you're looking for a contemporary American restaurant in River North (the neighborhood just north of the Loop, Chicago's historical and commercial center).

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      That's a great question regarding more information. I ask the same back on our board here in Los Angeles; but I am blank about what exact foods we are looking for. Our children 8 and 6 eat at all sorts of restaurants here so I guess we are looking for some great food but not as expensive as Alinea, L20 or Charlie Trotter's. We are staying at the Peninsula Hotel. What about suggestions for an old time steakhouse? Thanks again, can't wait to visit again.

      1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

      Charlie Trotter's
      816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

      Los Angeles Cafe
      280 E Haven Ave # 30, New Lenox, IL 60451

      1. re: gdodgerfan

        >> We are staying at the Peninsula Hotel. What about suggestions for an old time steakhouse?

        David Burke's Primehouse is near the Pen and IMO has the best steaks in the city. However, I wouldn't refer to it as "old time", since its decor and style are quite contemporary. If you're looking for a steakhouse with old time atmosphere, Gene & Georgetti's probably fits the bill best, although there are plenty of others (Gibson's may be the most well known).

        The Pen is lovely. In addition to Avenues (one of the handful of top-tier restaurants in the city), it is also home to Shanghai Terrace and the Lobby. Shanghai Terrace is a very upscale Chinese restaurant; it's outstanding, but not everyone wants to pay "contemporary American prices" (figure $100/pp including alcohol/tax/tip) for Chinese food. The Lobby is an excellent casual contemporary American restaurant whose main claim to fame is the Chocolate Bar, an all-you-can-eat buffet of chocolate desserts on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8 pm.

        Here are more of our best mid-priced restaurants within a 10-15 minute walk of the Peninsula, ones I would be considering if I were staying there:

        Italian - Cafe Spiaggia
        Contemporary American - Cafe des Architectes, Naha, MK
        Mexican - Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Salpicon
        Deep-dish pizza - Uno/Due, Pizano's, Giordano's
        Latin fusion - Nacional 27
        Cajun/Creole - Heaven on Seven
        Tapas - Cafe Iberico
        French bistro - Bistro 110
        Jewish deli - Steve's Deli

        I would also walk to Fox & Obel, our premier gourmet food store, for their yummy baked goods and other prepared foods (if you don't want to get them to carry out, they also have a cafe in the rear of the store), and to Garrett's Popcorn on Michigan Avenue for their caramel popcorn (with and without cashews or pecans), cheese popcorn, or a mix of the two.

    2. We love Naha. It's consistently great and I think one of the best contemporary American restaurants in the city. We were there most recently a few weeks ago and everything was delicious.
      Depending on the age of your children, it is a bit more of a subdued and quieter atmosphere, but when we had dinner there was a family with their young daughter (maybe 10 years old) right next to us.

      500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

      1. Naha is a favorite of mine. Casually elegant. Creative but not so out of the box you don't know what you're eating and really well-prepared food.

        I don't know how old the kids are, but as long as they're out of highchair stage (I really don't know if they even have high chairs) well behaved and don't expect chicken nuggets, it should fit the bill nicely

        I've never been disappointed there..

        500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

        1. I dine at Naha at least twice a month and have done so for many years. Needless to say it's one of my favorite spots in Chicago. However, I think dinner at Naha may be beyond the attention span of even the most well behaved children. That said, a super option for you and the kids might be lunch at Naha. The quality of food and service are equal at lunch and it's a great opportunity to introduce the little ones to fine dining in a less stressful situation for mom and dad.

          500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610