GreenRiver | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | American, Contemporary/Regional, Craft Cocktails | Restaurant
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Andrea Bauer

Booze-forward spot featuring new-American food from New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer and the duo behind NYC cocktail joint Dead Rabbit inside a Northwestern Medicine building.

Our Review

New York restaurateur Danny Meyer's first midwestern upscale barstaurant—a collaboration with the fellows behind NYC's celebrated cocktail bar Dead Rabbit—is located high up in a Northwestern medical center. They've created, in a sense, an Irish bar high above the Gold Coast. At least in spirit. The cocktails are overseen by former Aviary head bartender Julia Momose. Each cocktail is named for some aspect of or character in Chicago Irish-American history. The ones I tried were as good as any you'll find in the city's better bars. The cuisine is certainly not drinking food in any classical sense. What it is is very well-executed but unsurprising new-American food. Chef Aaron Lirette (Celeste, MK, Acadia) throws no bombs; there's nothing outre or odd to correspond with the cocktails. There are oysters, a burger, roast chicken, steak for two—just the sort of familiar comforts you might need coming off a double shift in the ER. The only dish with any real proletarian balls is a pile of chicken oysters. About the only executional error I encountered was a red-wine risotto that was far too salty. Dessert seems undersold, as if the doctors would disapprove, with just three off-menu choices. An exterior terrace wraps around the corner of the dining room, offering commanding views of the nearby skyline. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$
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Cocktails are overseen by former Aviary head bartender Julia Momose. Belly up and you'll be presented with a heavy tome, divided into eight base spirit categories (rye, barley, agave, juniper, etc) featuring four cocktails each, $13 on the low end, $19 at the skyscraping top. Each cocktail is named for some aspect of or character in Chicago Irish-American history. You'll find a lot of culinary elements in these cocktails. The cocktails I tried were as good as any you'll find in the city's better bars, though I'm not sure if these culinarily finessed drinks harmonize in any meaningful way with the food, which also happens to be very good. There's also a selection of $11 highballs that carry on the culinary theme. —Mike Sula

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