The collaborative effort between NYC-based Union Square Events and the Dead Rabbit looks to the past for their drink inspiration.
By Peter Ranvestel and Carrie Schedler
Published Sept. 21, 2015
It’s safe to say GreenRiver (259 E. Erie St., Streeterville, 312-337-0101) is the hottest bar that shares a building with a hospital complex. To get to the restaurant/bar, you’ll ride it up to the 18th floor of 259 East Erie, past many Northwestern Memorial doctors’ offices, and enter into a dimly lit lobby. Then let the drinking begin.
You’re in good hands with head bartender Julia Momose, who was last seen at the Aviary and now turns her talents to a menu of drinks inspired by Chicago history (each one comes with a little story explaining how its name connects it back to the city; more often than not, there’s a mob tie). Take your Gray Wolf, a plummy twist on an old fashioned, out to the quiet terrace and take in the skyline views. It’s a relaxed-yet-refined experience, unsurprising given that the bar’s a collaborative effort between Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events and Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry of NYC cocktail bar the Dead Rabbit.