I had a very nice dinner at Esty Street -- a long time, well known restaurant in Park Ridge, which has been a top place for what seems like 30 years now. We started with a drink at the bar, which was very nice, quiet, the NCAA games on the TV's, but a nice quiet ambiance, in line with the entire restaurant. The overriding theme in this fine dining restaurant is ambiance -- dim, but not dark, tables not on top of each other, a small "library" area, with books filling bookshelves, and overall, romantic. Quiet, classy ambiance. It gives off the aura of a high-class "club" or something of the like.
We were seated at a perfect table, and even though there was a large party nearby, it was still perfect, and quiet. Service here is very professional, integrated, well coordinated, and simply perfect. The menu, I would say is "eclectic" and a flair of creative, well described, and very enticing specials that the waiter gave an excellent overview of, and details when asked. The wine list was placed on the table and was the size of a large volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica, LOL. We stuck with drinks, so no wine.
For appetizers, we started with the Crab Cake, which came with a nice salad, mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, scallions and an aioli that had layers of flavors and taste. We also had one of the appetizers from the specials -- a sliced tuna, drizzled with wasabi, gentle, but flavorful, coupled with what they called giant prawns (large shrimp et al) diced spicy salmon, and lump crabmeat, inside a wonton shell. It was excellent! Can someone tell me how to post pictures? I am a tech idiot, so make it simple please. LOL.
For entrees, we had the sauteed scallops, which was coupled with jumbo lump crabmeat, clams, sauteed spinach, and a nice saffron broth. We also had the spiced Hawaiian tuna, which came with ginger black rice, bok choy, crabmeat, avocado and a soy miso glaze -- and this dish was excellent! I was already enthralled with my dining companion...so...I apologize...no pictures! LOL. The food just exploded with "freshness" and flavors, and the tastes were distinct and perfectly married together. These were well thought out creations, and not just some thrown together effort of high end dishes. Excellent!
There's a reason why this is a top restaurant for almost 30 years! Because it is! Top notch all around...excellent. If you like good food, ambiance, and a nice experience...you found it all at Esty Street.