Boka makes for a great fancy yet still cool night on the town. It’s ideal for a big date once you’ve gotten to know each other, or perhaps even dinner with the parents while in town. The food is modern American, but it’s also super creative, and even normal-sounding dishes things like roasted carrots will have you impressed. Expect pretty plating and reasonable portions, not necessarily giant plates of food. Try the tasting menu for $120 if you really want to go all-out.
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Chicken Kalamata and crack fries is one of the best meals in town. Tina Fey agrees.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a tapas restaurant that's been around for a long time. It's ideal for a lot of occasions.
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Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
Piece Pizzeria is serving New Haven Style pizzas, and it’s the ideal spot to hang out over pizza and beer with your friends.
We wanted to hate it, but we can’t. RPM Steak can hang with the Chicago steakhouse classics any day.
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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
Joe’s is consistently one of the best steakhouses in town, and you shouldn’t even order steak. Stone crabs are where it’s at.
Maple & Ash
Maple & Ash sits in the middle of the Chicago steakhouse Venn diagram. It’s both new-school and old.
Somerset is a restaurant in the Gold Coast serving excellent American food that you should be eating immediately.
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