With its minimalist interior and its highly imaginative menu, executed by chef Perry Hendrix, Paul Kahan’s 1997-vintage Blackbird (named for the French slang term for the merlot grape) continues to please diners with always interesting but never quite outré creations. Consider dry-aged steak tartare with smoked mushrooms, crispy grains, and cress; toasted pierogi with farmer's cheese, preserved egg, and kielbasa broth; and barbeque pork collar with rye streusel, Earl Grey tea, and prune. Earthy and hearty, this is Midwestern modern cuisine par excellence. For a great overview, opt for the $120 eight-course tasting menu, which includes desserts by Blackbird’s star pastry chef Dana Cree.
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015