Subway: Red to Grand(312) 202-1904 www.bijansbistro.com41.894188 -87.628118 663 N State St (at Erie St) River North, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $12
This eatery is furnished with dark wood cast-offs from the old Ambassador Hotel. That sets the tone for this new-but-old bistro. The old Bjian was once a celeb magnet. That’s no longer the case, but the solid menu of burgers, half chicken and cobb salad is as pleasing as watching your favorite black-and-white movie on late-night tv. Speaking of late night, one of Bijan’s strengths is a kitchen that stays open into the wee hours.