Dancen serves very good Korean bar food. This place is small and casual - much more of a bar than a restaurant. But you should work your way through their entire menu over multiple visits, and the first thing you should try is their fire chicken. Chunks of marinated chicken are grilled (on an open grill behind the bar) until the marinade becomes charred and caramelized. It’s delicious and incredibly spicy, and it comes with a Thousand Island-dressed cabbage slaw to help balance out the heat. It’s perfect for a solo meal at the counter, where you can watch the grill.
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Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe
Jimmy’s is a counter-service spot in Lincoln Square serving fantastic New York-style pizza.
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Smalls Smoke Shack & More
Smalls is literally a shack. But it’s a shack with great American BBQ and Asian combinations, plus some of the best fried chicken in town.
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Cho Sun OK
Cho Sun Ok is a long-standing Korean restaurant. The food is great, but the ambience is even better. A BYOB policy doesn’t hurt.
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Kitsune Restaurant and Pub
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