Where & Wear: Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar masters the vintage European feel without feeling too out of date. Tucked away in River North, the restaurant's low lit chandeliers, plush red sofas and customized photo booth create the perfect backdrop for decently priced dinner and desserts, along with an extensive drink and craft cocktail menu.
I would definitely recommend any of their delicious pasta dishes. My friend and I tried the Truffle Pasta and Orecchiette, which were flavorful and perfectly proportioned to leave room for dessert! The menu's "on toast" looked equally satisfying and ideal for splitting amongst friends. The warm brownies with vanilla ice cream made for an indulgent dessert – the large portion of three large slices makes it ideal for sharing!
The service was fast and attentive, and a glass of table red or white was only $5. The upstairs area was slightly rowdier and home to a lively bar. For something more relaxed and conducive to conversation, venture downstairs for a more intimate group or date setting with a Jazz Age, speakeasy feel.
Gilt Bar is chic, but don't overdo it. Several diners were casually dressed, others appeared to be coming from work or a show. Especially as winter snow flurries surround us, opt for warmth over excessive style! Check out the Gilt Bar for date nights, birthday parties, or a pre-show dinner.