1 / 10 What:Haute Japanese hot spot Why:Because you know you’re curious to see what’s replaced Grace. Read more about this contemporary Japanese restaurant. Where:652 W. Randolph St., West Loop WebsitePhoto: Anthony Tahlier 2 / 10 What:Soigné soul food Why:For once, Hyde Park has true destination dining. Where:1462 E. 53rd St., Hyde Park WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Virtue 3 / 10 What:Chicken, chicken, and more chicken Why:The only gospel preached here is Darnell Reed’s tangy-spicy sauce. Where:2009 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Luella’s Gospel Bird 4 / 10 What:A four-year-old West Loop Japanese stalwart where you still can’t get a table Why:The new face in the kitchen is a familiar one — the beloved Gene Kato (Sumi Robata Bar). Where:820 W. Lake St., West Loop WebsitePhoto: Huge Galdones 5 / 10 What:A speakeasy beneath a pizzeria Why:What better way to hide from the Wrigleyville hordes than by slipping underground for a rye and Cynar cocktail? Browse photos of this underground bar. Where:3473 N. Clark St., Lake View WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Robin Subar 6 / 10 What:Oh-so-chic Greek Why:Gather five of your closest friends and feast like kings on a whole roasted leg of lamb. Where:1335 W. Wrightwood Ave., Lincoln Park WebsitePhoto: Kailley Lindman 7 / 10 What:An all-day breakfast café Why:Oatmeal topped with peaches and bourbon will ruin you for plain old Quaker Oats. Where:305 E. Garfield Ave., Washington Park WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Peach’s at Currency Exchange Cafe 8 / 10 What:A fried-egg institution Why:After a 2016 fire, this 24-hour diner has risen from the ashes. Where:1635 W. Irving Park Rd., North Center WebsitePhoto: Louisa Chu/Chicago Tribune 9 / 10 What:Splurging à la française Why:Downing escargot is a great way to kill time while you wait for the Metra. Where:155 W. Van Buren St., Loop WebsitePhoto: Meghan Leigh 10 / 10 What:An L.A. restaurant group’s big Chicago debut Why:Crab cakes, lamb chops, caviar dip, and other fare for power diners. Where:613 N. Wells St., River North WebsitePhoto: Anthony Tahlier The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now Chicago’s most buzzed-about restaurants in January By Carrie Schedler January 2, 2019, 10:14 am See the Hot List for previous months here.