A few years ago, you probably wouldn’t have thought that dining on the upper floors of a Northwestern University medical building would be a thrilling experience. As it turns out, it is and the team at GreenRiver Chicago offers up a thoughtful beverage program, a lovely set of menus, and fine ambiance all around.
So come with me as I give you a brief tour of what to expect as part of an evening out at new Chicago restaurant and bar GreenRiver. It’s the type of place that you can enjoy as part of an after work get-together or you might also enjoy making a more elaborate date night out with someone special.
Any good meal begins with a libation and the cocktail offerings at GreenRiver are splendid. Carefully curated by Julia Momose, you’ll find they are inspired by Chicago’s journalists, politicians, publicans, and other such characters. Grouped by bases (rye, corn, and whatnot), you’ll find that they are concoctions with vim and vigor.
My nod goes first and foremost to “The Alderman”, which features Wild Turkey, Amaro, lemon and other matters that is all presented on the straight and narrow.
The mains and snacks on the food menu are certainly meant to be shared and it’s perfect for a gathering of work colleagues, business associates, and a smattering of friends who seek to get closer as they night moves on.
My personal favorites here include the Whitefish Tartine, which is served on marvelous toast, along with the right bit of egg, radish, and celery. I’d also suggest the cheese plate, which is usually rounded out by a few Midwestern-centric items.
And on to the mains, yes? The Saffron Spaghetti should not be missed, as it has the lightest of touches (not heavy in the least) with the saffron-forward throughout the entire dish. The shishito pepper also provides a bit of bite that is most welcome.
For bona fide carnivores, there is the Lamb Leg or the Slagel Family Farm Beef, which is accompanied by cippolini onions and bone marrow jus.
To finish your evening, I’d recommend something from their quarter of desserts, their sugar salaciousness, the coda that may be chocolate. It’s all good to get a few, so why not order the Rhubarb Crisp with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and the Dark Chocolate Mousse and its rum raisin ice cream.
The Essentials: GreenRiver
259 E. Erie 18th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
- Open for lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays from 10am-3pm
- Reservations accepted online and by phone
Image credits: Galdones Photography, Anthony Tahlier