Terrace 16 is ready for its close-up

Terrace 16 is ready for its close-up
View of the city reflected in the mirror behind the bar. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Alfresco season is alive and well in Chicago and Terrace 16 is ready to roll. Just when you thought things couldn't get better, Terrace 16 has re-designed their outdoor patio on the 16th floor of the 401 N. Wabash building and their menu.

Last year the Terrace at Trump rebranded itself as a more budget friendly restaurant with a new name Terrace 16. This year they've upped the ante, with some dramatic changes.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Terrace, that arguably has the best views in the city, has capitalized on these views by mirroring the entire back wall of  the bar reflecting the views thus giving patrons a city view no matter which direction they face.

Chef Andrew Kelminsky Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Chef Andrew Kelminsky Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

They also are welcoming a new chef, Chef Andrew Kelminsky, who is re-defining the menu by incorporating bold and unique flavors from various cuisines.

“After years spent honing my craft and acquiring accolades at various kitchens around the country, I look forward to bringing my unique and diverse methods of cooking to Terrace 16,” said Kelminsky. “What I love about food is the ability to bring people together while sharing in a communal experience. I want them to be able to try more than one item, discover new flavors and continue coming back to try new things. That is what I will aim to present with each and every dish we serve at the restaurant.”

Kelminsky whose held positions at Okra's Louisiana Bistro and Foundation, Coosa Country Club, Trummer’s on Main, Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt (Awarded a Michelin Star as well as D.C.’s Best Upscale American Brunch in 2016), Intercontinental on the Wharf (IHG) and most recently at The Line Hotel in Austin, TX brings his southern roots to the food offerings.

Photo: Niki Walsh

Photo: Niki Walsh

Kelminsky’s new menu includes tweaks to Terrace 16’s fried chicken (now with a Southern inflection, via pimento cheese and green-tomato relish) and the Terrace 16 burger is now simply the Terrace burger, with white-American cheese and “burger sauce” replacing the Gruyere and caramelized-onion toppings of a year ago.

Other menu highlights include Fried Brussel Sprouts (Mustard BBQ, Pickled Grapes, Fried Shallots); Spinach Salad (Poppy Seed, Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Feta, Red Onion Confit); Golden Trout Crudo (Avocado, Watercress, Tiger’s Milk, Trout Roe, Rice Cracker); and Lamb Flat Bread (Sesame, Spiced Yogurt, Preserved Lemon, parsley) for starters.Terrace16drink

The bar offerings are creative and numerous--many paying tribute to Chicago landmarks including: "The Trib" Tribune Tower; "It 's 5 o'clock Somewhere" Wrigley Building; the "Sun Times Old Fashioned" in remembrance of the Sun Times Building that formerly stood at that location and "Big Stan" Aon Building.

As for the $16 +cocktails from past years, they are still available along with new more budget-friendly options such as the $7 Bud Light. Not a bad deal for a million $ view.

Small Bites of Chicago

ROOH Chicago

The highly anticipated Progressive Indian restaurant and cocktail bar, ROOH Chicago ( 736 W Randolph) opens today--but if you don't have reservations you'll have to wait at least two weeks to get in. The new West Loop dining destination features charming, seasonal dishes that serve as an interpretation of customary Indian sensibilities and international techniques, courtesy of renowned Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar and Chef de Cuisine Sahil Sethi. Complete with an innovative cocktail menu and an eclectic, modern design, ROOH, meaning soul or spirit, promises to bring the spirit of India to Chicago’s “Restaurant Row.” 


Sunda (110 W. Illinois), the happening place for creative Asian fusion fare, is celebrating their 10th anniversary throughout the month of May, with culinary creations from year’s past along with new items rotating each week from the sushi bar, kitchen, and specialty cocktail menu. The full menu is available here

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    Carole is an arts, entertainment and food journalist. She writes "Show Me Chicago" and "Chicago Eats" for ChicagoNow and covers Chicago places and events for Choose Chicago (City of Chicago) as well as freelancing for a variety of publications.


    I started writing when I was in grade school. And when I wasn’t writing or thinking about writing, I was reading what someone else had written. So it wasn’t a stretch for me to think about writing as a career. Neither was it a stretch to think about writing about food, a subject I’d always found interesting, more in terms of history, cooking, restaurants and culture than eating and critiquing. Decades after selling my first story, my interest in writing about food continues, and “A Bite of Chicago” gives me another opportunity to pursue my passion with people who share it.

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