While most Chicago steakhouses cater to over-indulgent business types, Bavette’s puts its focus squarely on date night. You’ll quickly find yourself feeling intimate and cozy on either level of this Parisian-inspired eatery, enjoying the dimly lit atmosphere among other well-coiffed couples. Head straight for the lower level, where you’ll find the best seats in the house. If you’re lucky, you’ll also rub shoulders with a visiting celebrity or two. The music upstairs majors in modern fare, but downstairs gets down ‘n’ dirty with velvety hip-hop, soul, and funk. There’s no dance floor, but the grooves will put you in the mood for a little bump and grind, and you’ll enjoy the energy of mingling with like-minded couples. On the dining side, the menu caters to steak and seafood lovers. Set the mood by feeding each other from the plateaux de fruits de mer, a bountiful platter of fresh lobster, oysters, clams, mussels, and more. If you’re in steak mode, the prime bone-in filet cannot be missed. It’s a solid 16 ounces, perfect for sharing, accompanied by a decadent Béarnaise and steak salt. Alas, it’s in limited quantity, so you may want to come on the early side. To completely embrace the French steakhouse theme, toast your night with sparkling cocktails, ranging from the absinthe-based Death in the Afternoon to a classic Kir Royale.