Kumiko is an upscale cocktail bar in the West Loop from the owners of Oriole, and it’s ideal for a special occasion. It has an a la carte food and drink menu, plus two seatings a night for a tasting menu at the bar (with five courses of cocktails and food for $130). Even though the food is prettily plated and fancy-looking, it’s still excellent drinking food - with small bites like shrimp tempura and a miniature pork belly bao that’s so good you’ll wish it was bigger.
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Bar Siena is great for a fun gathering in the West Loop. Go heavy on the pizza and pastas. And drinks. You’re going to want those too.
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Urban Belly is a casual dumplings, noodles, and rice spot in the West Loop. Take a stroll to the end of Randolph and see what it's about.
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