One glance at the Bonsoirée menu and it becomes clear that the chic, minimalist décor is pretty much the only thing minimalist about the place. Each dish in chef/owner Shin Thompson and chef de cuisine Luke Creagan’s "exquisitely crafted" four- ($58), seven- ($85), and 13-course ($150) flavor symphonies draws inspiration from a range of cultures and blends traditional Japanese presentation with classic French techniques. A new menu is introduced monthly, but a recent four-course line-up kicks off a night of gourmandizing with a salad of crispy Suzuki, grilled-haricot vert, and pickled ramp with lotus root drizzled in genmaicha vinaigrette and rhubarb sorbet. A fava-bean and spring-pea soup spiced with curried artichoke and green garlic then drum-rolls the curtain-raise on the meal’s centerpiece: a roast of grass-fed spring lamb from Mint Creek Farms, served with potato-and-chickpea confit, shochu Japanese–barbecue sauce, fried potato skins, smoked shimeiji mushrooms, and death mustard, a mysterious savory substance. A dessert of gingerbread ice-cream sandwich sided with ginger-cinnamon-bark ice cream and sprinkled with pecans helps quivering taste buds waft gently back down to earth. If you’re afraid that talking will destroy the food’s delicate interplay of complex flavors, you and your dining companions can entertain yourselves by watching Chef Thompson work his magic and occasionally subdue a cutlery-wielding octopus in the open kitchen window. Also, make use of Bonsoirée's new wine program: call Provenance Food and Wine, Cellar Rat, or Randolph Wine Cellars ahead of time, and get a bottle of wine delivered to Bonsoirée free of charge in advance of your reservation at no extra cost.
More than 50 years on, Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen remains a family affair for the Raskins. The restaurant is now in the hands of the third and fourth generation of the family, whose members work to maintain their tradition of crafting homestyle Jewish-American dishes. Within a classic cafeteria setting decorated with news clippings, photos, and thumb-wrestling second graders, chefs draw from practiced recipes for matzo-ball soup, housemade chocolate phosphates, and chewy latke. The sandwiches, which were lauded by Time Out Chicago, include Manny's famous corned beef, made with a hulking three-quarter-pound pile of juicy brisket. As if that weren't incentive enough, Manny's offers free parking behind the restaurant.
Sometimes, it can be a scramble to find a bar to watch the big game. What if there aren't any tables open? What if you can't see the TV? That's hardly a problem at State Restaurant—not only is it massive, but every seat in the house has a view thanks to the 124 HDTVs. And it's easy to pass two halves, three periods, four quarters, or nine innings here, as their beer list includes nearly 100 taps and more than a dozen bottled brews. There's plenty of tempting options from the food menu as well, thanks to upscale dishes such as tuna tartare, quinoa salad, and truffle burgers. But State is far from stuffy—they also serve wings, nachos, and white cheddar curds, in honor of their beloved Wisconsin Badgers and probably Little Miss Muffet.
For years Sara Zuboff worked as a physical therapist, helping people recover from sickness and injury. Drawn to yoga for its ability to heal her patients physically and mentally, she eventually decided to create Peace in Practice to give . Now ensconced in an elegant new location, she's moved beyond just yoga, with services that span the spectrum of reenergizing relaxation. Facials and massage melt away muscle-bound tension with gliding strokes while reiki sessions imbue healing power into bodies' energy meridians. Lifestyle coaching helps patrons keep their poise in the outside world, with sessions that help participants learn to manage their stress and androids learn what to do once they figure out how to simulate stress.
Sultan's is already known for its great prices. With this Groupon, you’ll feel like you’re getting exquisite Mediterranean cuisine in exchange for Monopoly money. You’ll have access to a menu that features Falafel, Hummus, Tabboule and the always phonetically palette-pleasing Baba Ghanooj. And you haven't eaten a salad until you've tried your hand at what Time Out Chicago called the “best salad bar around.”
Though a bar by nature, Savant Project's menu boasts exquisite lunch or brunch bites like the half-pound Angus burger stuffed with Vermont cheddar cheese and topped with crispy applewood bacon ($11), and surf-and-turf omelettes ($9.50) stuffed with chicken, salmon, chorizo, roasted veggies, cheddar, and mango salsa. Lunchtime loungers can savor Savant's signature specials such as Savant steak frites (marinated filet mignon, yucca fries, caramelized onions, and herbed parmesan, $21.50) or beer-battered fish tacos with smoky slaw and guacamole ($15). Lighter, more-social appetites can tip-toe among the tapas with a few plates of beef sliders with ginger, cilantro, and cucumber ($9.50) and raw tuna sashimi in a lime, sesame, and wasabi vinaigrette ($9.50)—it's like the sushi gods cried a salty-sweet tear in the shape of tuna sashimi right into your mouth.