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Bin 36

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Bin 36 Review

This hip hybrid—a fine-dining establishment, a lively wine bar, and an excellent cheese purveyor—serves wine and cheese pretty much any way you want it. For wine, you can choose by the bottle, glass, half glass, and as flights of multiple 2½-ounce tastings. For cheese, options are by individual sample or multiples—or as an ingredient, as in the lamb meatballs stuffed with Manchego cheese, romesco, and mint. The menu similarly encourages sampling, with lots of small-plate grazing choices. Entrées, such as roasted whole duck and ahi tuna carpaccio, are helpfully listed with wine recommendations. An all-glass west wall and 35-foot ceilings lend a lofty look to the sprawling space, which can be noisy. Since it's open all day, it's also a good choice for between-standard-mealtime nibbles.

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  • Address: 339 N. Dearborn St., River North, Chicago, IL 60610 | Map It
  • Phone: 312/755–9463
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  • Location: River North

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  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 06-11-2013

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    Bin 36 Review

    We visit Chicago every year or so, and always seem to manage to fit in drinks and cheese at Bin 36. It's a convenient downtown location, and offers a nice, though not huge, selection of wine flights. The cheese plates are also a good selection. For us, it makes for a great light meal, and offers a place that us parents can go and have some good wine with the kids (who enjoy the cheese plates).

    Bin 36 also has a "dinner and a movie" option, which we've never been around at the right day to experience, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

    by Lexma90, 11/23/09

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