To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so). Bon appétit.
Lettuce Entertain You’s sexy remake of the storied Pump Room at the Ambassador Chicago hotel has already jumped to the top of our list for impressive date nights spots. Named for the celebrities-only table at the original Pump Room, Booth One exudes both classic Chicago decadence and youthful vibrance across the cream- and gold-accented dining room and bar/lounge beneath those silvery orb lights. Chef Doug Psaltis’ food mimics the theme of iconic reinvention. We’re digging the cheeky caesar salad with mini twinkie croutons, followed by the juicy broiled lamb chops with mint risotto. It’s worth a note: there’d still a namesake “Booth One” table in the lounge reserved for actual A-Listers, if your ideal date night includes celeb-spotting.
1301 N. State Pkwy