Subway: Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Clark/Lake; Red to Lake(312) 422-0150 petterinos.com/events41.884729 -87.629668 150 N Dearborn St (at Randolph St) Loop, Chicago
Lunch (closed Sun), dinnerAverage main course: $20
It’s 6pm Saturday, we’re going to a play that starts at 8pm and we’re in the middle of an assholes-to-elbows crowd at this theater-district restaurant. A 90-minute wait for a table? Hell, no—we’ll sit at the bright, window-filled bar, where we can order from the full menu and ask the busy bartenders to keep the sidecars coming. We’ll skip right to the main course: The steak au poivre, a 12-ounce New York strip, is ridiculously tender and even better topped with caramelized onions. With service this fast, we have plenty of time to linger over one of the baked-in-house desserts and still catch the show.