Ever since our first visit to Artango Bar & Steakhouse (formerly known as Artango Bistro) last year, Mario and I have considered ourselves to be major fans of the sexy Argentinian spot. During the beginning of 2015, we had both been dealing with some particularly stressful situations at work and the gross late winter weather seemed unrelenting; thanks to a combination of exhaustion from the persistent stress and the offensive slushy ick permeating the city, we fell into a pattern of flopping on the couch, ordering takeout, and completely zoning out at the end of every day. After a few month of the same old, same old, we finally got sick of ourselves, so we peeled our butts off of the couch and made our way over to Artango for a change of pace. That night we ended up falling hard for the restaurant's romantic atmosphere, beautiful one-of-a-kind décor, and the delicious South American cuisine... and it has been a place that we've returned to over and over ever since (thankfully, we're now both in much better places with our jobs - getting tenure definitely tends to help!).
Near the end of the year, husband-and-wife owners Maria Alferov and Sebastian Casanova announced that they were shuttering their Ravenswood digs and moving their restaurant/dance studio to the heart of Lincoln Square (into the former home of Trattoria Trullo, right on the corner of Lincoln and Lawrence). The new location opened a few months ago and brought with it not only increased visibility for them, but also a major increase in space, which is now decked out in a gorgeous theme inspired by the 1920s Golden Age of Buenos Aires. The move also brought a bevy of new dishes, fab new cocktail menus, large open windows with plenty of natural light, and the space for a small section of sidewalk seating.
Mario and I were both quite happy with our brunch experience at the new & improved Artango and can't wait get back over to Lincoln Square to check out their new dinner menu (and maybe even indulge in a tango lesson!). You can try all of this deliciousness and more at the new location of Artango Bar & Steakhouse: 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.