Margeaux Brasserie

Michael Mina’s Very-French Brasserie Arrives at the Waldorf Astoria

With Chartreuse Escargot and a Champagne Cart, of Course

By Sarah Freeman ·
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Of all the things the French do well, eating fancy food is certainly one of them.

Come. Walk with us as we turn this useless observation into something very useful indeed.

Into Margeaux Brasserie, the first Chicago restaurant from famed San Francisco chef Michael Mina that’s now open on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria. Come on in.

Oh yes, you’ll want to bring a date here. The baguettes are covered in warm Camembert and truffle. The root beer is laced with green chartreuse. And did we mention the champagne cart? Because there’s a champagne cart.

It’ll bring glasses of Blanc de Blanc to your burgundy leather booth with views of the pewter bar. Or maybe you’d rather sit at one of the tables overlooking Rush Street. Either way, you’re getting the authentic French brasserie experience, complete with all the marble and copper you’d expect of such a place.

From the escargot in chartreuse butter to the local tomato tatin, they’re playing all the hits. Dover sole à la meunière over white asparagus. Dry aged Rohan duck breast. Cocktails like the Loveable Trixter with vodka, Aperol, egg white and champagne.

But if you’re looking for a slightly less pinkies-up experience (or if you’re just looking for marzipan-filled croissants) head back down to Petite Margeaux in the lobby. The patisserie offers up a sweeter selection of classics alongside espresso drinks.

Oh, right. Happy Bastille Day.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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