Best known for its neighborhood locales — Lincoln Park’s D.O.C. Wine Bar and Logan Square’s Dunlay’s on the Square, for example — 4 Star Restaurant Group is opening its newest venture, Remington’s, in an unlikely spot: directly across from Millennium Park. “We know downtown Michigan Avenue is a whole different ballgame,” says 4 Star partner Josh Rutherford. “So we’re stepping it up a notch in some aspects, but still trying to maintain the approachability [of a] neighborhood.”
Approachability is also exuded in a few signature dishes, like the Wrightwood salad ($15) and lobster deviled eggs ($12) — but the American grill, opening May 11, will also serve more elevated cuisine, such as an 18-ounce dry-aged prime bone-in strip steak ($57) and a nori-crusted ahi tuna with kimchee rice ($29).
Here’s what else to expect at Remington’s:
Chef stats: Todd Stein — best known for his innovative Italian cuisine at spots like the now-closed Cibo Matto and The Florentine — was most recently executive chef at TWO urban licks in Atlanta. His approach at Remington’s? “We want to be familiar, but also whimsical. If I can take an adult back to childhood with my dish, then I’ve done my job.”
Must try: A menu marquee is the raw bar, including something new to Chicago: pressed sushi. Popular in Osaka, Japan, it’s hand-pressed into a cube shape using a wooden box called a hako. Don’t miss the tuna variety ($17), layered with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts.
In the glass: A centerpiece of the space — designed by architect Mark Knauer (The Gage, C Chicago) — is a glass-enclosed private wine room seating 10-12. The primarily American wine program features over 20 selections by the glass, 80 bottles and a rotating reserve list of 20-30 more.
Alfresco: Floor-to-ceiling windows in the front offer a direct sightline to The Bean, and open up completely to the Michigan Avenue sidewalk, where there’s a 40-seat patio for outdoor dining.
Remington’s, 20 N. Michigan, (312) 782-6000; Remingtonschicago.com
Photos by Monica Kass Rogers and Jody Grimaldi