5 Reasons to Visit "Untitled"

June 27 2012 - 12:44 PM

Untitled_drinkThe buzz around new River North restaurant Untitled is starting to come out, and it’s definitely warranted. With a menu crafted by the chef from Mercat a la Planxa and Vermillion, and the same beverage manager as Balena, expectations are high. I’ve tried out the trendiest spots in River North, and  I was pretty impressed by Untitled. Here are five reasons I think it’s worth stopping by.

  1. It’s unmarked. Untitled is a very nondescript name, which is appropriate considering the restaurant’s facade. It’s literally right next to the CVS on Kinzie. You can’t make out much of a restaurant because it’s all downstairs. The only way I could find it was by the person stationed at the door to welcome in patrons. It’s completely unmarked, and I felt cool knowing what was inside.
  2. They pour a strong drink. The cocktail menu is impressive to say the least. It’s the perfect lounge where you can cozy up in a booth with your beverage of choice. You can even chug down a scotch drink that has pipe tobacco and chamomile tea. I opted for a more typical tequila, grapefruit and lime concotion that was absolutely perfect.
  3. The decor is something to look at. Since the restaurant is all on one floor, it is a huge space. One room looks like an ideal party spot, while another has a lounge appeal reminiscent of The Violet Hour or The Bedford. There are large private booths with curtains in front and a swanky bar. Then, there’s a larger room that’s better lit (but only slightly) for dining. It’s elegant and smooth, just like you’d expect.
  4. Squash blossoms. Just do it. The food was all extremely impressive – unique, flavorful and perfect for sharing. There are only a handful of larger plates, so it’s obvious sharing is where it’s at. The grit cakes with tomato jam are wildly addictive. But the crispy squash blossoms? Don’t even get me started. They’re filled with farmer’s cheese, fried to perfection and then dressed with truffle honey and a pepper puree. We may have ordered two plates of them.
  5. The music doesn’t hurt, either. How many trendy restaurants have live music that is enjoyable instead of intrusive. The jazzy music is just one of the main events. Supposedly, you can also find burlesque, blues and DJs spinning on the dance floor. Is there anything you can’t find here?

111 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654

–Marly Schuman