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  • Best New Restaurants for Business 2020

    Our critics single out nine favorites that either opened or started serving a midday meal in the past year.

    Chicago best restaurants for business

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    The city's fine-dining lunch scene, overrun as it is with upscale food halls, continues to get smaller, but for our annual Best New Restaurants feature, we managed to find several that are great for entertaining clients. For good measure, we threw in a few more casual spots that rose above the rest.

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    Sarah Zelman

    90th Meridian's banh mi French dip, left, and Bumpy Salad.

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    231 S. LaSalle St. | 312-929-3948
    Opened in July

    In the heart of the Financial District but out of its fray, this spot seduces with big-city glamour. Open to the lobby of the monumental Central Standard Building (once home to Continental Bank, among other things), it has no street frontage, making it feel a bit hidden away. It's open 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. during the week and ticks all the biz-lunch boxes: smartly executed international cuisine; a comfortable, not overbright, not overloud dining room; a well-appointed bar; deep booths to accommodate serious work chat. The atmosphere is one in which nicely dressed adults don't feel out of place—increasingly rare these days, even downtown. Executive chef Miles Schaefer's veg-forward menus may include anything from Bumpy Salad ($16) crunchy with cauliflower, kale, cashews and pickled apples to tuna crudo ($14) with smoked egg yolk to banh mi French dip ($16), a Vietnamese take on classic, Chicago-style Italian beef.—J.T.

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    Mark Ballogg and Bandit

    Bandit's disco waffle fries, left, and Greek salad.

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    841 W. Randolph St. | 312-666-6061
    Opened in August

    Time was when puerile drink names and a theatrically rock-'n'-roll attitude guaranteed bad food. Now even the devil-may-care types do actually care that their burgers and fries taste good, thereby spawning Bandit, an aggressively casual, retro bar with Skynyrd and Journey on the soundtrack. From the hospitality group behind Prime & Provisions and Siena Tavern, Bandit does (and occasionally overdoes) bar-food dishes with au-courant flourishes, such as the disco waffle fries ($15) with Hook's cheddar, bulgogi and one-year-aged kimchi. Or take the tater tots with caviar ($10), with tots squished disk-like to replace blini in the classic presentation, because blini do not kick ass like tater tots. Sure, you can turn up your nose at the beer category headed "Nice Cans," but turn it back down to smell the warm brownie cake ($11).—G.M.

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    Anthony Tahlier and Ally Straussner

    79彩票注册网址Cabra's chicken sanguche, avocado dip and chorizo anticucho, left, and solterito.

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    The Hoxton Hotel | 200 N. Green St. | 312-761-1717
    79彩票注册网址 Opened in April 2019, added lunch in June

    I may not be cool (let's leave it uncertain), but I figure I can get a contact high at Cabra, chef Stephanie Izard's latest goatery, specializing in Peru-inspired food. Between the Instagrammable rooftop location in the new Hoxton Hotel, the high-decibel background and the fashionable millennial clientele, Cabra exudes be-seen desirability, and Izard's food manages to match that near-impossible standard. The pisco sour ($15), with changing-daily Peruvian pisco, makes you wonder why it's not every country's national drink. Shareable plates such as ceviches, empanadas and the skewers called anticuchos are dazzling with contrasting tastes and textures, a signature of Izard's food. Bigger dishes such as the pork belly sandwich with sweet potatoes ($16) carry enough interest to last through eating the whole thing, but you should probably share those, too, so you can taste more things. That's the way the millennials do it, after all.—G.M.

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    Anthony Tahlier and Galdones Photography

    Cira's tomato and cucumber salad, left, and hummus.

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    The Hoxton Hotel | 200 N. Green St. | 312-761-1777
    Opened in April

    Chef Chris Pandel's modern Mediterranean cuisine makes this open-all-day restaurant, just off the lobby of the Hoxton Hotel, of at least as much interest to locals as to out-of-towners. Comfy, low-slung furniture, a hospitable bar, plenty of phone-charging outlets and laptop-friendly communal tables are ideal for getting work done over lunch, solo or in groups—we'd guess some area residents have already made it their away-from-home office. The 120-seat dining room, beyond the lounge area, is a sleek setting for grazing on everything from matzo ball soup ($9) to fried cauliflower with apricot relish ($9). Hummus topped with buttery crumbs, radishes, pumpkin seeds and chorizo verde ($12)—with pita-like laffa bread alongside—is a terrific sharable app or meal in itself. Other highlights of our visits included juicy, skewered lamb shwarma ($15) with rice and grilled vegetables and a special of delicate, perfectly cooked salmon a la plancha ($21).—J.T.

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    Joe's Imports

    Joe's Imports avocado toast, left, and croque madame.

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    813 W. Fulton Market | 312-736-1750
    79彩票注册网址 Opened in February 2019, added lunch in July

    This serious but unpretentious 52-seat wine bar from Francesca Restaurant Group's Joe Fiely and chef Scott Harris, one of the quieter new arrivals on the Fulton Market strip, has some of the best-executed food. Here you can easily converse with your inside voices while sampling sophisticated dishes that go well with wine (the menu suggests pairings) but also stand confidently on their own. Highlights of our August sidewalk-patio lunch were an artisanal salumi platter ($20) with sesame-studded grissini, lime-brightened sweet corn salad ($11) and toasted sourdough bread topped with crushed heirloom tomatoes, olive oil and roasted garlic ($8). We're snobs about in-season tomatoes, and these were perfect. Bigger platefuls that we'd happily enjoy year-round include Nonna's roast chicken with butter beans, almonds and Brussels sprouts ($20) and a burger with pork belly, onion jam and Shropshire cheese ($17) that deserves a cult following, as do the just-fried potato chips that come with it.—J.T.

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    Ocean Prime

    79彩票注册网址Ocean Prime's lobster bisque, left, and house salad.

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    87 E. Wacker Drive | 312-428-4344
    Opened in May

    Competition is fierce in the Chicago-steakhouse world. Just to qualify for the conversation, a restaurant has to serve prime steaks—in the top 2 percent of all beef—and high-quality starters and sides, all within a conservative menu matrix that prizes ingredients and execution over innovation. Ocean Prime, the first local branch of a multicity chain, nestles comfortably into that elite crowd. At lunch, the ocean half of its name sparkles with caviar in the white-truffle deviled eggs ($16) and the messy-delicious Maryland crab melt ($18). The prime half shows in a dark-crust, purple-inside, juice-besotted New York strip ($51, 14 ounces), which you can order off the dinner menu at lunchtime. The white-tablecloth atmosphere means it's the rare (well, given the propensity of steakhouses for formality, maybe it's medium-rare) new restaurant where business-attired people fit in like a trifolded letter in a No. 10 envelope.—G.M.

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    Melissa Hom

    79彩票注册网址Pizzeria Portofino's seafood mista, left, and burrata diavolo.

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    317 N. Clark St. | 312-900-9018
    Opened in August

    Outdoor dining feels like a pipe dream during this hurry-between-buildings time of year, but spring and its coquettish visits of warmth lie just over the horizon, the same dream world where you can actually get a beautiful-day riverside table at Pizzeria Portofino, the casually Italian portion of the Lettuce Entertain You multiuse space on the north bank, north of the Loop. A near-Neapolitan crust, puffy on the crown but firmer in the center, embraces the namesake pizzas ($16-$34), outfitted in gourmet-pizza staples such as fior di latte cheese, rapini and prosciutto. Pastas, antipasti and charcoal-grilled seafood fill out the safe, mass-audience menu—almost no one would be outed as picky here. Although it's open in winter and its indoor ceiling crawls with ivy, making it as outdoorsy as possible, Pizzeria Portofino shines brightest out in the sunlight, where the spritzes and Campari cocktail from its drink menu are at home.—G.M.

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    Joni Kat Anderson and Evan Jones

    79彩票注册网址Publican's little gem lettuce (left) and cherry cheesecake hand pie.

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    837 W. Fulton Market | 312-733-9555
    Opened in 2008, added lunch in April 2019

    A mainstay of the ever-buzzy, ever-under-construction boomtown that is the West Loop, 12-year-old Publican wears its patina lightly, while showing the more recent arrivals how restaurateuring is done. Lunch at this modern version of a classic beer hall is as fun and as satisfying as dinner has long been. Locally sourced meats, produce and breads are the star attractions; at midday, a $25 "pub fixe" meal is a smart way to explore chef de cuisine Sieger Bayer's marvelous menu. Feathery light pork rinds ($7) are a can't-miss starter; a cheesecake hand pie ($7) is a killer dessert. In between, meat platters ($13, $14) let you make and accessorize your own sandwiches with spiced ricotta, goat butter and other special fixings. Salads are as heartfelt and inspired as fleshier dishes. On our summer visits, we loved the citrussy porchetta panzanella ($15) and the even snappier snap-pea salad with kumquat, smoked fish and hazelnuts ($16).—J.T.

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    Eric Kleinberg, Taureaux Tavern and CLouis Public Relations

    Taureaux Tavern's cote du boeuf, left, and French onion soup.

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    155 W. Van Buren St. | 312-624-8778
    Opened in December 2018

    Named after bulls, the favorite animal of the financial district, Taureaux Tavern harks back to another era of dining. The art-deco decor, French menu and even the businessy crowd feel like "Mrs. Maisel" set pieces, although the prices don't let you maintain that illusion for long. Mike Sheerin, who made his name at Blackbird in the late aughts, executive-chefs the restaurant, and his veteran hand shows in the conception of new brasserie dishes to slot in beside the onion-soup-escargot-roast-chicken-type classics. Wagyu beef dip ($19), with giardiniera and oniony jus, is like chic Italian beef. Blue cheese fondue ($11) with bits of Fresno chile and potato chips to dip is like Paul Bocuse's late-night nachos. With attentive service and a buttoned-up mien, Taureaux Tavern makes for a good steer for client lunches.—G.M.
     

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