** PLEASE NOTE: Greenriver is now closed. But, since I enjoyed this spot so much, I’m leaving this post up in loving memory of their delicious food. **
High above the Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood — 18 stories high to be exact — is a lovely little spot with a spectacular view and some seriously drool-worthy food.
GreenRiver, which opened its delicious doors back in September, is one of those restaurants you don’t dare want to over look. Inspired by Chicago’s Irish immigration, much of the restaurant pays homage to the Irish heritage of the Windy City. Even the drink menu’s 32 cocktails are named for famous and infamous Chicago Irish-Americans (circa 1871-1930).
It’s an impressive establishment with an even more impressive menu — so, what are we waiting for? Let’s start drooling over some food, shall we!?GreenRiver certainly has a spectacular view of the city — see Willis Tower off in the distance?
The space itself feels very chic yet casual with plenty of warm sunshine rays pouring through the south-facing windows.
Mmmm, I do love sitting in the sunshine in winter!
The bar area is impressive as well, being modern yet welcoming at the same time. Happy Hour Cocktails anyone?
For my first visit to GreenRiver, I knew I wanted to have as many educated opinions at the table as possible so I met up with fellow foodies Erica (who’s expecting a baby girl in July!!) and Rachel.
One of the first things you’ll notice about GreenRiver is how extensive the cocktail menu is — pages and pages of cocktails all grouped by their flavor profiles and titled after their historical Irish namesakes.
And I never, ever thought I would say this about a cocktail menu…
I mean, it’s a cocktail menu.
But you could easily read this menu all day — it’s positively full of historical, biographical, and biological info about the cocktails, their namesakes, and their ingredients. And each of the cocktails are so unique, you’re bound to never have tried something like it!
A standout was this impressive Gray Wolf cocktail Rachel ordered of Yamazaki 12 Yr. Single Malt Japanese Whisky, Benedictine, Demerara, Plum Vinegar, and Angostura Bitters.But I promised you impressive food, not just cocktails!
First up came this delicious order of crunchy Frites.What makes these frites so special is their light coating of cheddar cheese dust, offering a little more depth to their saltiness.
SO subtle and yet SO addicting!
Next up came the Whitefish Tartine with egg, radish, and celery.Crunchy, creamy, and fresh! I’m a huge fan of tartines as long as they’re flavorful and easy to eat like this one.
Anything with burrata is bound to make me happy and this salad is no exception!But this simple Gem Lettuce Salad with buttermilk dressing had us all swooning too. We even sampled this delicious celery root soup while we waited for our entrées to arrive… I ordered this delicious plate of Ocean Trout with cauliflower, spinach, capers, and brown Butter. This trout just melts in your mouth.
It was perfectly cooked (and I don’t say that very often about fish) and the richness of the sauce coupled with the bite from the capers made for a scrumptious forkful.
The gnocchi were light and delicate as they should be. If I had one complaint, I wish this dish had a slightly more robust sauce to bring all the vegetable flavors to life more but — every now and then — a simple gnocchi dish like this has its place.
Especially on a cold winter’s day!
But Rachel beat us all with her EPIC order. This is GreenRiver’s sexy Cheeseburger with cheddar, pickles, house sauce, and frites.Which we could not STOP SHOOTING. I mean just look at that drippy sauce! #FACEDIVE!
I mean that would just be plain irresponsible!
So naturally we ordered ALL of GreenRiver’s desserts.
Talk about a sophisticated take on the childhood favorite — Root Beer Float! Bite after bite bring back so much nostalgia all while presented in an innovative and refined way. It made for such a playful juxtaposition!
Childlike, interesting, and yet gourmet… what more could you want from a dessert? Actually I spoke too soon because ooey, gooey dulce de leche is definitely something I want in my dessert too! Luckily for me, GreenRiver has this sinful Chocolate Ganache Tart with dulce de leche and horchata ice cream. It’s a magnificent balance of crunch, crumble, oozy dulce de leche, and creamy ice cream.
And so stunning to shoot!And last but certainly not least is GreenRiver’s Coconut Custard with pineapple and mint, all served with a beautiful hibiscus Sorbet.It’s a stunning presentation with bright flavors and complex textures. The perfect finale to a spectacular meal.
Now, promise you’ll learn from my mistake — don’t dare overlook GreenRiver the next time you’re in Streeterville!
Where else can you get such a unique meal with such an amazing view and such beautifully balanced cocktails??
(Hint: the answer is nowhere but GreenRiver)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.