Neighborhood: West Loop
Address564 W. Randolph St. 

Embeya, one of Esquire's "Best New Restarurants of 2013," is almost too palatial for a first date. This place has all the understated charm of a Saudi oil prince's walk-in closet, so come correct with how you represent yourself (read: don't pick her up in a rented Plymouth Prowler whilst reeking of Old Spice body spray). That said, Embeya is a visually stunning, toothsome addition to the West Loop's already revered collection of restaurants. If you need awe-inspiring scenery to compensate for your lack of social skills, this is the culinary equivalent to a sunset on the beach.