ILI West Loop ChicagoKumiko, a cozy, Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar nestled in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, has been named one of the World’s Greatest Places of 2019 by TIME Magazine.

TIME’s list annually spotlights the 100 most noteworthy museums, hotels, parks and restaurants from all over the world. TIME selected Kumiko based on its innovative cocktail menu, which is influenced by co-owner and beverage director Julia Momose’s Japanese heritage. Patrons can enjoy a drink alongside steam buns, short ribs and other small plates crafted from Japanese ingredients by chef Noah Sandoval.

But TIME isn’t the first to notice the extraordinary Chicago spot—since its opening in May, Kumiko has received attention from food and beverage critics across the country. In addition to write-ups in the Chicago Tribune, a front-page feature in the Modern Luxury Men’s Book and a shout-out from the MICHELIN Guide, Food & Wine recently ranked it the #5 best new restaurant of 2019.

Read Kumiko’s feature here, or check out the other 99 destinations on TIME’s list.

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