This downtown standby draws mobs of tourists and local ladies seeking nourishment after a particularly grueling shopping session at Macy’s. For them, these updated American classics are perfect—sophisticated and unintimidating. Case in point: a winter menu that offers thyme-and-mace–roasted duck breast with mashed sweet potatoes and a dried fig gastrique; oven-roasted acorn squash over date-and-pistachio–studded couscous; and a warm apple-walnut dumpling served with vanilla bean ice cream.
1 W Washington St
|Opening hours:||Breakfast (Mon–Fri), brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue, Red to Washington. Bus: 56, 60, 124, 157.|
|Price:||Average main course: $25|