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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Juno is a quality sushi spot in Lincoln Park. It's casual but pricy at the same time.
Kitsune Restaurant and Pub
Kitsune is Midwestern take on a Japanese izakaya near Ravenswood, and it’s great for date night or dinner with a small group of friends.
Roka Akor is a trendy Japanese restaurant in River North that has great food but is also expensive.
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Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
Smyth serves Virginia-inspired tasting menus in the West Loop, and it’s one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
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