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Best New Restaurant – The Lark

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

We recently  dined at the Lark  and  tried a sampling  of foods.  Everything  was  great!  They offer an assortment  of  “Moscow Mule cocktails”  in copper cups  and   Thursday’s  you can  enjoy them  for  half off!

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Not many places offer   Grilled Calamari.  It takes more effort  to prepare (and prepare correctly)  than fried Calamari. Here it was great!  Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade  marinara.

I had never had  Arancini.  It’s a  risotto ball that is fried. Very good  option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza  we tried  the Chicken Alfredo  and  the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza.  Usually  not a fan  of  smoked  salmon myself,  but this was unique and  delicious!

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Our waiter raved  about the burgers  and I love a good  Cubano  sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger  and  the Cubano. (Needless  to say, we had a lot of  to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent.  The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms  and this amazing  marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano  was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty  much  perfection!

All of the food  was  fresh,  tasty and cooked  to perfection. Lark proved itself  to be a  bar  AND  a  restaurant, serving very good quality  eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s  run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville,  leads the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs  incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, curate’s drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

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The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

Lark is open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am.  Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

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