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The best restaurants in Ukrainian Village and Noble Square

Whether you're looking for Japanese or pizza, Ukrainian Village is full of great restaurants that hit the spot

Bucatini & meatballs at The Winchester.
Photograph: Martha Williams Bucatini & meatballs at The Winchester.
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Ukrainian Village and Noble Square are filled with great restaurants, from contemporary American spots to places with heartwarming ramen. With a strong history and a largely Eastern European population, there's also a few Polish spots among upscale American restaurants that have found their home in the vibrant community.

RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Ukrainian Village and Noble Square

Restaurants in Ukrainian Village

Restaurants, Steakhouse

Boeufhaus

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The restaurant is called Boeufhaus and its tagline is “eat carnivorously,” which might mislead you into thinking that this is merely a palace of beef, where vegetarians and pescatarians will be left out. You’d be wrong, since the French and German-inflected steakhouse, led by chef Brian Ahern, gives as much thought to its non-meat dishes. The menu is blessedly focused. The tables are small and perfect for a cozy tête-à-tête, while the copper-topped bar spans most of the room and is ideal for dropping by for a quick drink and dinner.
Restaurants, Japanese

Arami

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The warm, cozy room seems to encourage you to stay for hours, sipping sake or cocktails like an old-fashioned made with seaweed-infused Japanese whiskey and yuzu-pineapple bitters. Start with the chef's choice sashimi, which includes 14 slices of neatly sliced seafood, including a meaty piece of octopus and salmon that nearly melts in your mouth. But sushi at Arami doesn't just benefit seafood lovers—yasai (vegetables) are available as maki or nigiri and include a slice of tender eggplant squiggled with peanut–red miso dressing.
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Bucatini & meatballs at The Winchester.
Photograph: Martha Williams
Restaurants, American

The Winchester

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During the daylight hours, the white brick walls, light woods and green plants make the space feel bright and welcoming. The waffles, which have become the restaurant’s signature item, are caramelized and served at room temperature. The waffle isn’t big enough to have on its own for breakfast, so get one to have with coffee, then order the avocado toast. Four pieces of toast come served with a mound of mashed avocado with peppercorns, grapefruit and sliced chilies—it’s basically a more refined guacamole.
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Podhalanka

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When we say Podhalanka has an “old world” feel, we mean old world in that “premodern comforts” kind of way. Not that this dive doesn’t have electricity, but it is dark and not as clean as your mother would like. What it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in tasty, authentic Polish eats. We love the beet salad, cabbage soup, potato pancakes and pierogi. We also love talking about the old country with the buddy on the barstool next to us.

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Restaurants, Italian

Charlatan

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The window outside promises "rock and roll," there’s skeleton-print wallpaper, and of the three animal heads affixed to the wall (deer, boar and bison), two of them appear on the menu. While the menu is fairly short, it’s broken into categories called “Salt and Time,” “Toast and Green,” “Rolled and Extruded,” “Farm and Sea” and “Sides and Bites,” so there’s only prices to help you figure out portion size, and you need to think about what each title means. The six pastas are made in-house, and they’re all available in whole and half sizes, so you can easily try a few different things.
Restaurants, Italian

Enoteca Roma

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Connected to Letizia’s Natural Bakery on Division Street, Enoteca Roma serves up some stellar classic Italian fare. It’s hard to go wrong with anything on their menu, but the restaurant’s gorgeous and spacious patio out back is what really turns heads. There’s no shortage of great drinking spots in the area surrounding Enoteca, but it’s hard to beat drinking a bottle of wine over a bowl of pasta on a quiet patio during the summer.
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Restaurants, Southwestern American

Flo

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The funky, casual dining room is an all-day draw for those looking for an interesting meal at a reasonable price. The brunch and breakfast menu standouts include New Mexico–influenced tongue-scorchers such as green-chili enchiladas and huevos rancheros—perfect when balanced with fresh-fruit smoothies and strong coffee. At dinner, local and often organic produce appears as salads and sides for comforting classics like carnitas tacos, portobello enchiladas and chicken chili verde.

Restaurants, Pizza

Roots Handmade Pizza

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Roots' specializes in Quad Cities pizza, which is to say, the crust is made with malt, cut with scissors and topped with cheese last. It's sweet and topped with whatever you'd like, although there's always a few chef collaborations to pick from. A long list of beer rounds out the bar menu, perfect for sitting and watching your sport of choice.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Frontier

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So the hipster-vintage-saloon aesthetic and a taxidermy grizzly bear wander into a sports bar. This is pretty much the setup of Frontier, a gastropub from the folks behind Lottie’s and the Pony, which mashes North Woods lodge elements into the neighborhood-tap mold. Chef Brian Jupiter’s food—charbroiled oysters, sliders and even whole-animal feasts—adds another component to the mix, and the more time you spend eating impressive dishes like the tarragon-buttered redfish, the faster it all starts to come together.

Restaurants, American

Whisk

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Serving brunch by day and burgers by night, Whisk is a spot from brothers and chefs Rick and David Rodriguez. It's bright, lively and sunny atmosphere (the patio is littered by Ron Swanson memorabilia. Try the Chicago Avenue burger, two thick patties topped with brisket, LTO, pickles and an onion ring.

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