Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A first look at C-House, C-View

Marcus Samuelsson (right), shown here with David Burke's Primehouse executive chef Rick Gresh, is the chef/partner of C-House. (Photo: 312 Dining Diva)

It sucks that I have no pictures to share from my sneak preview tour of C-House and C-View, two of Chicago's hottest new spots going into new boutique hotel Affinia (166 E. Superior St., 787-6000) in mid-May. They're still under construction, but when this seafood-and-steak small plates venue opens on the first floor of the hotel, it's certain to be a prime destination. Not to mention that star chef Marcus Samuelsson (of NYC's award-winning Aquavit) is at the helm.

Zebra wood is the main design element throughout both venues, giving them a warm, chilled-out vibe as guests settle into the various banquettes, tables and barstools. You'll also find one communal table situated in the middle of each spot, where you won't miss a thing going on around you.

And when you head to the 28th floor, the doors open to C-View—the city's only rooftop lounge. I've been here all my life and didn't realize that we've never had a rooftop lounge. How could that happen?! Offering spectacular views of the city, C-View at night will be truly unbelievable with all the lights from surrounding buildings setting it off. A limited small-plates menu from C-House will also be offered here, but of course you'll get to indulge in a full-service bar.

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