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Restaurants near the Blackstone Hotel

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We are entertaining a friend and his 16 year old son. They are staying at the Blackstone Hotel and we'd like to be able to walk to dinner.

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  1. What kind of food are you looking for? There is a Spanish Tapas restaurant in the hotel, Mercat a la Planxa, that is very good. On the other end of the spectrum, you are only about 2 blocks from Lou Malnatti's for iconic Chicago deep dish pizza, at South State and 8th Streets.

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    1. re: masha

      Thanks for the speedy reply. I should have said that they keep kosher so seafood or veggie is the safest.

      1. re: NJF

        There are vegetarian options among the pizzas at Malnatti's of course. Eleven City Diner at South Wabash and 11th Streets is a Jewish-style deli, but by no means Kosher; they do have vegetarian options, as well as breakfast all day. Also, there is Meli Cafe, which recently opened in the Wyndham Blake Hotel at Congress and Dearborn -- some veggie options and fish on the menu. If sushi is acceptable, there is Oysy at South Michigan and 8th St.

        1. re: masha

          I'm thinking that The Gage might have enough options, who knows what a 16 year old would like? Something like Moto could be great, but $$$ and maybe not flexible enough menu. Thoughts?

          1. re: NJF

            The Gage is nice and certainly has options for a 16 year old, as well as some vegetarian and fish options. In fact, the fish and chips are quite good.

            1. re: masha

              The Blackstone hotel is not, unfortunately, in the center of many dining options. The tapas restaurant in the hotel, however (Mercat) is truly excellent. It was created by one of the Iron Chefs, Jose Garces. Whether it has sufficient non-meat options you'll have to judge.

              Another option is the Chicago Curry House, an descent Indian restaurant in easy walking distance. Indian places usually have plenty of vegetarian options.