USA Today: Best Romantic Dining in Chicago

January 17, 2022

Romantic restaurants used to be all about candlelight, hushed tones, soft music, private nooks, Chateaubriand and Champagne. Restaurateurs and lovers themselves have expanded the notion of a romantic night out so even a busy River North location that witnesses celebrity sightings stirs feelings of excitement and anticipation – precursors to romance. Enter Sunda New Asian. Expect a sexy vibe, pops of red decor amid dark wood and food and beverages perfect for a date – sharable sushi and dim sum, sparkling drinks like the exceptional Peared Sake cocktail, and heat-inducing offerings from spicy edamame and Szechuan chicken to Crazy Rice dotted with Ghost peppers. The cross-cultural Asian menu allows couples to have a culinary adventure in the Philippines (lumpia, Chicken Inasal, and Pancit Canton); try Korean chicken wings and bulgogi tacos; Japanese tempura and myriad fresh signature sushi; and exceptional entrees like miso Black Cod and and Hainanese Salmon. There are gluten-free and vegetarian menus, too, so every palate can enjoy romantic food, drink and ambience at Sunda.

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