On Friday, my dinner club and I met for our monthly meeting—this time we went to Red Hen, which is one of my favorite Italian spots in the city. I first went with my friend Emma (who I just road tripped with!) back in March when she was in town visiting for the weekend, and I was excited to get back for a second time. I almost didn’t write a dinner club post on Red Hen because it’s always so dark in there, it’s hard to snap photos (great for the ambiance though!). But, it’s such a great restaurant I wanted to share despite the lack of perfect photos.
Our reservation was on the later side, around 9pm, so we wanted to grab a glass of wine beforehand. Since none of us are super familiar with Bloomingdale, we looked on the map and saw Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen was just around the corner from Red Hen. We were easily able to grab seats at the bar since the patio was poppin’ the night we went and really enjoyed it—the restaurant smelled so good! It’s on my list to go back and eat there sometime soon. We also drove by Big Bear Cafe and it looked so cute—that’s definitely on my list, too!
But anyway, back to Red Hen—if you haven’t been, add it to your list ASAP, and definitely get a reservation. The restaurant is on the smaller side, and both times I’ve been, it’s at full capacity. The bar and a semi-open kitchen are the centerpiece of the restaurant, and the vibe is both rustic and cozy. There’s no outdoor seating at Red Hen, so if you’re looking to dine al fresco, this won’t be the spot. However, if you’re looking for the perfect spot on a cold winter night—this is your place.