Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart; Red to Grand(312) 222-4940 epicrestaurantchicago.com41.890175 -87.631958 112 W Hubbard St (between Clark St and LaSalle Dr) River North, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $35
At a restaurant with the sheer scale of Epic—a multi-level lounge, restaurant and rooftop bar—what kind of impact does a chef’s departure have? Not much apparently, as Michael Shrader (formerly of N9NE) has replaced opening chef Stephen Wambach, and there’s not a hiccup to sense. Shrader maintains the tenor of the iconic steakhouse at last brought into the 21st century, as well as the above-par standards of execution, in dishes like tender gnocchi with lamb sausage or crisp-skinned chicken.