It's no secret Chicago's restaurant scene is among the best in the country, but with new places opening up at seemingly mind-blowing rates, it's hard to keep track of what's hot and what's not when it comes to dining here in the Windy City. Earlier this week, popular Men's magazine Esquire released its Best New Restaurants in America list for 2014, and one local Chicago establishment was lucky enough to make the cut.
Although officially making its debut back in early December of 2013, Nico Osteria has been delighting Chicago foodies throughout 2014, and likely for many, many more years to come. Located inside the Thompson Hotel at 1015 N. Rush Street in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, Nico Osteria is an authentic Italian seafood concept that's a refreshing addition to this ritzy and glamourous part of downtown. The interior is a bit rustic and resembles that of something you'd expect to see somewhere in the trendy West Loop part of the city, especially when you consider the open-kitchen layout, while the food her certainly stacks up with any other high-end eatery in town.
In addition to the mention in Esquire's Best New Restaurants list, other accolades tied to Nico Osteria include the #10 spot on food writer Alan Richman's list of the Most Outstanding New Restaurants of 2014, winning The Outstanding Achievement award at the Interactive Media Awards, and being named a semifinalists for two 2014 James Beard Awards.