Chinatown is home to an incredible assortment of restaurants but until this summer, a cocktail bar was missing from the equation. Nine Bar owners Lily Wang and Joe Briglio have finally given the neighborhood a drinking oasis with this moody, Blade Runner-esque lounge hidden away behind Moon Palace Express. Drop in for Asian-inspired old fashioneds and potent concoctions like the Paradise Lost, made with mango brandy, cachaça, ube, pineapple and Thai coconut milk. There’s also a small menu of snacks, headlined by the terrific McKatsu—breaded pork cutlet—sandwich.
You can never have too much of a good thing, which is why new restaurants are sprouting up every day all around Chicago. Trying to visit them all would be impossible, though, so we’re here to help by highlighting the hottest openings in recent months. The following places include Obelix, a modern bistro from the people behind one of the best French spots in town, and Khmai, a Rogers Park kitchen specializing in the cuisine of Cambodia. If you want to wet your whistle, head to Alpana Singh’s eponymous restaurant for an extensive collection of wine or Nine Bar, a cocktail bar tucked away behind a Chinatown restaurant. Whatever you decide on, don’t dawdle because reservations are going fast at the best new restaurants in Chicago right now.
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