Chicago, IL

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Cuisine Description

At Blackbird, Executive Chef Paul Kahan has created a unique farm to table menu. This is optimized by his long-standing relationships with many local farmers, with a contemporary American format allows the seasons to have a strong impact.

Wine List Description
The wine program is focused on reflecting the food. Looking for wine that fits the weight of the food. Trying to keep wine by the glass examples that may be seasonal by flavor and texture, thus pairing fluidly, yet still looking for small artistic producers.

Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"While being a seasonal restaurant there has always been the endive salad on the menu. This is endive, greens, frisée, fingerlings, pancetta in a crispy potato basket, with a poached egg."

Perfect Pairing
The wood-grilled sturgeon pairs beautifully with a white Burgundy. The dish features a “meaty” fish that picks up a smoky flavor from the grill, which works well with the full-bodied texture of the wine.

Wine Events
We do wine focused-paired tastings in Blackbird’s private dining room.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced the third annual issue of America's best wine-centric establishments, and to commemorate the list, WE hosted a rooftop party where we honored this year's recipients and toasted the exploding culture of wine and food.

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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.