Best of Cuisine

Chicago's Best for New American

The top-rated New American restaurants in Chicago.

  • Alinea
    • New
    • American
    • Lincoln Park
    Following a complete overhaul of both the setting and the cuisine, Grant Achatz's acclaimed Lincoln Park New American offers three tiers of top-flight tasting menus (some more experimental than others) with optional wine pairings and ticket price breaks for off-peak hours. Gutted and reimagined, the posh space features modern art, elaborate crown molding and smart, neutral decor that varies in each of the discrete dining areas (the glass-enclosed kitchen table being the priciest).
  • Longman & Eagle
    • American
    • Logan Square
    This “popular”, “hipster” hangout in Logan Square features “superb”, “innovative” New American fare highlighting “unique ingredients and preparations” dispensed in a “lively” “bar atmosphere” fueled by “awesome drinks”; a no-reservations policy means it’s often “crowded”, but fans say it’s “worth the wait” for a “meal you’ll be telling people about for a long time.”
  • Grace
    • New American
    • West Loop
    Expect a “phenomenal” “culinary adventure” at this “dazzling” West Loop New American, where chef Curtis Duffy “outdoes himself” with “stunning” tasting menus “displaying individuality in every dish”, complemented by a “wine selection beyond expectation”; “gracious service” enhances the allure in the “elegant” surroundings with “well-spaced tables”, so while it’s “at the top of the price line”, it’s a “perfect” place “to celebrate a milestone.”
  • mk
    • New American
    • River North
    Michael Kornick’s “timeless” New American in River North “remains one of the elite” “fine-dining” destinations by pairing “sophisticated”, “outstanding” cooking – including “fantastic” tasting menus and “heavenly desserts” – with a “deep and interesting wine list”; “refined” yet “comfortable” surroundings and “excellent” service ensure it’s “always a pleasure”, especially “when you want to celebrate.”
  • Goosefoot
    • American
    • Ravenswood
    “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.”

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