You’ve wooed your significant other at just about every romantic spot in town—from your favorite lower-level tequila lounge in River North to a West Loop backyard bar specializing in bubbly. But you’ve yet to hit up the restaurant that’s been at the top of your date night wish list for years. As fancy restaurants go, Everest hits the highest note with its lofty location on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, and you’ve got your eye on that corner table to make the night memorable. You’ll find the dining room more dressed up than the recent crop of upscale restaurants–formal table dressings, tuxedoed waitstaff–so don’t be afraid to to wear your best new outfit as you step out with your sweetheart.
The magnificent view of the Chicago skyline at night is supremely swoon-worthy, but the food more than lives up to the atmosphere, with a parade of decadent dishes inspired by chef/owner Jean Joho’s native Alsace, France. To get an idea of what that encompasses, order the seven-course tasting menu for two. It changes frequently to reflect seasonality, which means you’ll get the best of both worlds: local ingredients enhanced by Alsatian accents. Think perfect pairings such as a delicate Maine lobster salad topped with garden watercress and cauliflower coulis, and roasted halibut accompanied by savoy cabbage and veal bacon. This is no doubt a special occasion, so make the most of your experience by ordering the wine pairings, which ensure that every bite you take will be matched by a sublime sip.
Take your time and enjoy the company, as the tasting menu rolls out at a slow, deliberate pace so you’ll be able to appreciate every delicious morsel. But if you happen to be in a hurry–like if you’re surprising a certain someone with tickets for a show later–you can always order Everest’s three-course menu, which is served weeknights at 5pm (5:30pm Saturdays) for the theater crowd.