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First Publican, then Girl and the Goat . . .

NY hounder here. My wife and I will be in town for New Years. We are currently looking to finalize dinner plans for 12/30.

Our two favorite Chicago jaunts were to Publican and Girl and the Goat. We currently have a reservation at Takashi, but can be swayed to go elsewhere.

Given our love of Publican and Girl and the Goat, anyone have any recommendations that we should consider in lieu of Takashi?

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  1. I absolutely love Publican, and also like Girl and the Goat a lot, so it seems like we have similar taste. Three places I would strongly consider if I were choosing are Longman and Eagle, Purple Pig, and Perennial Virant. Longman and Purple Pig both do not take reservations, and others will surely chime in and say the waits will be horrendous and maybe not worth it. However, if you go on the earlier side you should be fine and the food at these places is definitely worth a short wait if necessary. If you go to Longman, head over to the Whistler after dinner for some amazing cocktails and live music.

    1. I love Publican and Girl and the Goat, as well (and I'm a NYer), and I think you should consider a meal at Yusho. Creative small plates inspired by Asador Etxebarri and Japanese yakitori, helmed by a Charlie Trotter vet. And they've got a great cocktail list, too.

      1. >> Our two favorite Chicago jaunts were to Publican and Girl and the Goat. We currently have a reservation at Takashi, but can be swayed to go elsewhere.

        Publican and G&TG are both very casual, festive/noisy, bar-ish restaurants whose menus lean towards a small plates format. Takashi is really not like that; it's more upscale, not as festive/noisy, and more conventional in menu.

        Other excellent places that are similar to Publican and G&TG (casual, festive, bar-ish, small plates) include Sable, Mercat a la Planxa, Quartino, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, the Purple Pig, and Avec. The first five accept reservations; the last two do not. (If you decide to try the Purple Pig, in addition to going early as Bdav suggests, another trick to avoiding long waits there is to go at lunchtime.)

        1. I adore all three.Your choices are perfect.

          Just had one of the most amazing meals I've ever had at Takashi. Chef Takashi was out and in the house being gracious and friendly between expediting.

          There was much that we wanted on the menu so we passed on the prix fixe tasting menu because it didn’t come close to including everything we wanted to taste.

          The menu changes seasonally, but the duck salad that included confit, duck prosciutto and the lentils (cooked in yuzo and mirin) were the best I'd ever tasted. Other great dishes were the seared foie gras, the crispy veal sweetbreads and the deconstructed pork bun. The chicken in a clay pot is also not to be missed.

          Change nothing and have a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear how it went.