Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
Located across the street from Millennium Park, The Gage is an upmarket gastropub with a superb seasonal menu and drinks programme. The décor is low-key but attractive in a faintly 1930s industrial way, the walls lined with green subway tiles and the windows reclaimed from a former factory. There’s a big, booth-lined bar area as well as space for those dining. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming in true Irish pub style and while its location means it can get noisy and crowded this place gets really packed out at times and the acoustics aren’t the best – the food is way above average for this kind of venue and worthy of attention. Dirk Flanigan’s comforting, meat-heavy seasonal menu features a number of original dishes including house made sausages, head cheese with cherry aspic, and roasted saddle of elk with juniper berries. The desserts, care of pastry chef Ji Joon are a highlight, as are the excellent cocktails. The drinks list puts an emphasis on reworked classics like the Fall Old Fashioned, laced with maple syrup, and aged in old bourbon barrels, and The Brooklyn Bridge, a cinnamon-spiked take on the Manhattan. They also stock around four dozen, mostly imported beers, a good number of which are available on tap and have a well-chosen wine list, with a good range by-the-glass.