The best part about eating Chinese food is the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision; the second-best part is that their bakers can see the future. Revel in these perks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Chinese fare, sushi, and drinks at Chens.
A Zagat-rated restaurant, Chens features a menu that marries four regional styles of authentic Chinese cooking with premium-grade sushi and sashimi. Crispy duck ($14.95) is twice cooked to achieve double deliciousness, and soong with chicken ($10.95), shrimp ($15.95), or vegetables ($10.95) floats to the mouth on crisp, levitating lettuce leaves. Meanwhile, the crunchy dynamite maki—spicy hamachi rolled in seaweed, fried to a crisp, and topped with spicy mayo and unagi sauce ($10.95)—silences even the loudest of stomach growls. The menu also complies with multifarious mouth mandates, featuring options with all veggies, no wheat, low sodium, no added MSG, minimal fat, and no melted-down Playmobil figurines.
In addition to crafting culinary gems, Chens concocts mixed drinks and stocks a wide selection of sake ($6.50+). A beautiful wood sushi bar welcomes patrons, and terra-cotta warrior statues protect the dining area and come to life to bind unruly diners in sausage casing.
Located in the heart of Evanston’s restaurant row, Koi Restaurant’s sleek interior places diners in leather seats beside exposed-brick and polished-slate walls decorated with murals of Chinese country scenes. Once seated, guests can sip sake or craft cocktails while perusing a diverse menu of traditional Chinese and Japanese fare. Delectable meals of braised meats, noodles, and stir-fries are accompanied by delicate morsels of sea bass, eel, yellowtail, and tuna formed into sushi rolls. In addition to these flavorful feasts, owner Sandy Chen has curated a long list of regional Chinese cuisine, ranging from spicy Szechuan-style red snapper to crispy Hunan-style chicken.
3506 N Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657