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Published April 17, 2013

Branching Out
Naha Gets a Sexy Little Sister

Ah, Paris in April.

Sexy. Chic. Champagne pouring like spring rain.

Actually, it’s a lot like Chicago in April. At least now it is.

Say bonjour to Brindille, the sexy little sister to Naha, soft-opening Friday in River North.

The name translates into something like “twig” or “new growth.” It’s pronounced “BRAWN-dee”—but said with that whole guttural, back-of-the-throat thing. Try it a few times. It’s fun.

Carrie Nahabedian helms the kitchen here, imbuing her foie gras, squab and lamb saddle dishes with her usual dose of culinary élan. And speaking of élan, yours will also be put to good use.

See, while Naha remains great for your high-powered business dinners, this place will be the setting for low-lit dates. The whole vibe is smoky and intimate. Tables are set with delicate French linens and china. The art: thoughtful and refined. The banquettes: super velvety.

You’ll want to start the evening with a pousse-café—a type of cocktail in which different colors of liqueurs are poured to create sort of a striped masterpiece. Think of it like a Tequila Sunrise with a French accent. Naturally, champagne remains a strong play here—and they’ll do glass pours from giant magnums. And after dinner, of course, there is absinthe.

Well, technically, it’s also there before.
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