Arbella Drinks reign at the latest project from the team behind Peruvian powerhouse Tanta. The menu is divided by country or region; mezcal plays heavily into drinks in the Mexico section, while you’ll find pisco and rum in Cuba. The short list of food hops around the globe, too. But beware: Cobbling together enough small plates for a meal can be deceivingly expensive.
Open: Dinner and late night daily. Prices: $8-$15. 112 W. Grand Ave., 312-8466654. — N.K.
Beacon Tavern This project by Billy Lawless (The Gage, The Dawson) is tucked into a plaza just west of the Wrigley Building. Seafood is a focus, with shrimp toast coated in truffle butter and a prawn salad that pops thanks to peppadew peppers, but there’s also a towering burger. Don’t skip the cheddar bay biscuits, a tongue-incheek homage to Red Lobster.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily. Prices: $12-$40. 405 N. Wabash Ave., 312.955.4226. — P.V.
Katana A concept that originated on LA’s Sunset Strip, Katana combines nightclubby visuals with ambitious, highlevel cooking, highlighted by the dishes emerging from the sushi and robata bars. The a la carte menu offers a dizzying array of choices, and one can opt for an omakase (chef ’s choice) menu for $175. Beverage options are long and deep, including an impressive sake selection curated by manager (and “sake sommelier”) Dila Lee. General manager and veteran Chicago restaurateur Jason Chan puts a local face on what might otherwise seem like an imported operation.
Open: Dinner daily. 339 N. Dearborn St., 312-877-5544. — P.V.
Pacific Standard Time PST was one of the most eagerly anticipated openings of this year, largely because of its impressive pedigree: Chef Erling Wu-Bower delighted palates as chef at Nico Osteria, and Joshua Tilden, who was former director of strategic operations at One Off Hospitality. California food and cuisine inform Wu-Bower’s vision; what helps him execute that vision are twin wood-burning hearth ovens, visible from the dining room,