Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
It feels like the best of two worlds: a Cheers bar atmosphere with impeccably prepared French food. Chef Martial Noguier, previously at lofty Cafe des Architectes, chats with customers in his little Gold Coast dining room as if he's known them for years. The gourmet grilled cheese, country pate, Amish chicken and filet of beef au poivre satisfy American palates without losing authenticity. Salut! (312/944-8400; bistronomic.net).