Naha is a good way to impress an associate, and it offers a bright room, professional service and possibly the best burger in town

Naha is a good way to impress an associate, and it offers a bright room, professional service and possibly the best burger in town

Naha

500 N. Clark St.

Neighborhood: River North

Who eats: Business types, well-dressed ladies who lunch.

Why eat: Your guests will be impressed. Carrie Nahabedian is one of the best chefs in town.

Ambience: White tablecloth elegance. Windows on south, west sides let in lots of light. Clean, uncluttered, contemporary look.

Service: Friendly and very professional. Not a misstep to be seen.

Cellphone reception/Wi-Fi. Good reception. Free Wi-Fi available (ask host for password).

Dress code: Business casual for the most part; you can be pretty dressed up here without feeling conspicuous.

Noise factor: It gets loud when full, but on a slow day (my visit) I could barely hear conversations two tables away.

Reservations: Not always needed, but a good idea

Expect to pay: $90 for two

Menu: Contemporary American, with a fondness for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients. Some game; superb seafood.

Reliable options: The Naha BLT ($16), with pork belly, watercress and olive-poached tomatoes, is so good it might derail your business conversation. Southern-fried chicken salad ($18) is a menu staple, for good reason. The Angus burger ($20 with cheese) is pricey, but there might not be a better burger in the city.

Contacts: 312-321-6242; naha-chicago.com

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