If you're planning a hot date, consider making a reservation at Wave, the W Hotel's
restaurant and bar. Sure, Chicago's got its fair share of sexy eateries, but only Wave offers breathtaking views of Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier, as well as the possibility of taking your hot date upstairs to one of the W's impressive rooms.
The restaurant's location just a few steps from the hotel lobby might cause concern: you're planning a night of seduction and don't want your date to be distracted by the commotion of guests checking in and out. Don't worry: An over-sized bar and a short flight of stairs provide an adequate barrier between the two spaces. You'll quickly forget your proximity to tired travelers with wheelie suitcases (so unsexy) as you sink into one of the plush booths and become intoxicated by the lounge music, soft lighting, and curvaceous design accents.
Of course, ambiance will only take you so far in your seduction, so you must bait your love trap with some epicurean temptations. Each month, Executive Chef Kristine Subido creates a unique dim sum menu to trace the route of the ancient Silk Road. This culinary journey is all about spice, taking you from sultry India, through exotic Thailand, to sensuous Japan. If spice isn't your thing, the traditional menu is just as good. Order a few small plates to share – the lobster and scallop sausage with tomato-coriander ketchup and the oven roasted artisan goat cheese with mission figs and almonds lend themselves well to hand-feeding across the table, and mix well with the pomegranate-acai margarita made with Don Julio Blanco and house made sour mix. Serves two.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Amanda Nyren