Best of Cuisine

Chicago's Best New American Restaurants

The top-rated New American restaurants in Chicago.

  • Alinea
    • American
    • Lincoln Park
    "Always an adventure", Grant Achatz's Lincoln Park New American is one for the "bucket list", delivering an "over-the-top" multicourse tasting menu highlighted by "performance art"–like presentations and "innovative" dishes of the "highest level"; the staff "pays attention to every detail" (winning Top Service honors) in the dark, contemporary setting, and while the bill may "approach the car payment", foodies argue it's an "experience not to be missed."
  • Longman & Eagle
    • American
    • Logan Square
    A "heavy emphasis" on "high-quality" local ingredients is reflected in "exciting", "complex" dishes with "well-balanced flavors" at this "vibrant" Logan Square New American where a beer list "to drool over" and "killer whiskey selection" further up its "hip" factor; there's often a "long wait" (no reservations), so either "get there early" or check out its "excellent" brunch.
  • Grace
    • New American
    • West Loop
    A notable addition to Chicago's "high-end" dining scene, this West Loop New American from chef Curtis Duffy delivers "top-notch" tasting menus featuring "refined" dishes with "stunning flavors and presentations"; the "beautifully decorated" setting, including an adjoining cocktail lounge, has a "tranquil" vibe, which comes in handy when the bill comes ("bring bags of money").
  • MK
    • River North
    Michael Kornick "knocks it out of the park" at his River North New American, delivering a "meal fit for foodies" with "consistently excellent" dishes including "new takes on old standards"; a "first-class" team mans the "stylish", contemporary space, and pricey bills are in keeping with its "special-occasion" status.
  • Goosefoot
    • American
    • Ravenswood
    An "oasis of civility", this Ravenswood New American wins acclaim for chef Chris Nugent's "high-end" multicourse tasting menus that impress with "innovative" preparations, "divine" flavors and "beautiful" presentation; the simple, intimate setting has an "elegant" vibe, and while it's pricey, a BYO policy (you can stop at its next-door shop) helps keep it "cheaper" than similar options.

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