Chicago and New York City have a lot in common: water views, endless rooftop bars, and epic shopping streets. But there are some spots in the Windy City that stand out—even for jaded, seen-it-all New Yorkers. Below, six food and drink stops New Yorkers can't miss on their next jaunt to Chicago.
Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a prime place for panoramic views of Chicago's most popular attractions: Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and pretty much as far as the eye can see. Enjoy the scenery as you tuck into a menu of American favorites and seafood or sip on specialty cocktails. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3502
Dine in the Restoration Hardware café and showroom and you'll feed your stomach and home decorating fantasies at the same time. The six-floor building houses a café on the bottom floor and Restoration Hardware's luxury furniture displays on the next five levels, complete with outdoor lounge furniture on the roof. 1300 N. Dearborn St., 312-475-9116
With a fun atmosphere, dimly lit bar, and hearty meat preparations and sides, Green Street Smoked Meats is perfect for a late-night or mid-bar-crawl snack. Share the large portions of sides but make sure to get there early if you know you want something specific. Popular menu items don’t last (looking at you, ribs). 112 N. Green St., 312-754-0431
Green Street Smoked Meats' neighbor, RM Champagne Salon, is a chic champagne bar that offers dinner, a late-night menu, cheese, desserts, a raw bar, and ample fancy cocktails. The Parisian-style patio transports you back in time, while the candle-lit dining room sets a romantic mood. 116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199
If you think New Yorkers are the only ones to fight for a brunch table, you’re wrong. Diners looking for a seat at Lula Café should expect a lengthy waiting list with—much to a New Yorker's delight—a quick turnaround. The café calls its menu “unclassifiable,” but was one of the first in the now-ubiquitous farm-to-table movement in Chicago. The food and the atmosphere have a thrifty and artistic feeling, with art scattered around the café resembling a gallery and fare that's equally creative. 2537 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-489-9554
If there’s a line out the door at this place, wait it out. With original flavors like Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Churro, Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso, Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks, and much more, you’ll need the extra time to decide on your flavor combinations. Although you may have tried Jeni’s ice cream in states with Jeni's storefronts in Georgia or California, it’s still a sweet way to end a long weekend in Chi town. 3404 N. Southport Ave., 773-348-7139