Best New American Restaurants in Chicago

July 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Presenting Chicago's must-try spots for New American cuisine.

Goosefoot
American · Ravenswood · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

Intense, refined " flavors shine in chef Chris Nugent’s " brilliantly executed " cooking at this New American " treasure " in Ravenswood, where multicourse tasting menus offer a " wonderful gourmet experience " that " takes the whole evening "; the " cozy " setting " isn’t stuffy at all ", thanks in part to " impeccable ", " welcoming " service, and though it’s pricey, a BYOB policy (you can choose a bottle from their shop next door) adds " value.
Blackbird Restaurant
American · West Loop · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Both sophisticated and hip, " this " memorable " West Loop " fine-dining staple " from Paul Kahan and company puts out " thoughtful, precise " New American dishes " bursting with flavor " alongside a " well-rounded wine list " and " unique " cocktails; if the " small, " " minimalist " setting can be " noisy, " that’s just part of its " terrific energy, " and the " bargain" prix-fixe lunch special only adds to its appeal.
Lula Cafe
Logan Square · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Serving farm-to-table cuisine before it became popular, " this Logan Square " mainstay " is a " gold mine " for " exquisite, " " creative " New American fare (including an " amazing " vegetarian tasting menu) and " wonderful " cocktails; a " well-informed " staff works the " stylish " yet " laid-back " room where you " never feel rushed " – even when there are " huge lines " for the " fantastic," no-reservations weekend brunch.
Ada Street
Brunch · Pulaski Park · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Off-the-beaten-path " in Pulaski Park, this " hole-in-the-wall hot spot " from Michael Kornick and David Morton (DMK Burger) serves " excellent " New American–Mediterranean sharing plates that combine " familiar ingredients " in " inspired " ways, along with " specially crafted drinks " and a " well-curated wine list "; a " maze-like hallway " leads to the " cool ", " romantic " interior, where the " warm " staff instills a " laid-back " vibe, and the " beautiful" patio is popular in summer.