N9NE: "Cross Between a Martini Bar and Steakhouse" N9NE Tip by TRimer

N9NE, Chicago: 4 reviews and 1 photos

  Ghost Bar at N9ne
by TRimer

The restaurant itself is a dining event. It is modern, hip - still a cool place to hang out despite being open for over 5 years.

Located in the Daniel Burnham-designed building now known as Randolph Place, Nine combines the best elements of a classic steakhouse, featuring prime aged steaks, with a contemporary American flair in both menu and design. A 20' waterfall greets guests on arrival. The dynamic first floor encompasses a lounge bar with luxurious, custom-designed furniture, as well as the main dining area, whose banquettes and tables form an arena that faces inward toward the room's central Champagne and Caviar Bar.

The restaurant's name derives from the personal and professional loyalty between owners Morton and DeGraff, best friends since the age of nine.

Favorite Dish: I have been here several times and I always wonder why we don't eat here more. I guess I figure that a "hip" place cannot have great food. Guess I was wrong- the food is wonderful.

Here are some of my favorite dishes:

Beef Carpaccio: aged balsamic, herb crostini
Apple Salad: heirloom apple salad, roquefort cheese, applewood smoked bacon, endive, radicchio, champagne vinagretter
Fire Chicken: naturally raised and roasted crisp, chilies, lemon, garlic
12 oz. Filet Mignon, bernaise

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday; Dinner: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 5:00 p.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday.

Address: 440 W. Randolph
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Just west of the Chicago River on Randolph
Phone: (312) 575-9900
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: American
Website: http://www.n9ne.com/

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  • Written May 1, 2005
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