Girl & the Goat
If the crush of diners flaunting hard-to-score reservations is any indication, there are few spots in the city where people would rather be eating—and be seen eating—than Girl & the Goat. From an open kitchen framed by two-story stacks of oak and hickory wood, chef Stephanie Izard sends out inventive, mix-and-match plates, from smoky grilled octopus to (yes) roasted pig face, which makes it easy to swap tastes with friends…or with people who are just getting friendly. It’s a credit to the staff that diners leave happy, eager to return to the industrial space for another round of barrel-aged cocktails. 809 W Randolph St (312-492-6262).
Other nominees Arami, Lillie’s Q, Owen & Engine, Ruxbin