The restaurant-within-a-restaurant is open three nights a week and serves 10 courses inspired by the chefs but at same time very different from Dandan.
EsterEv – the private dining space inside the Third Ward’s Dandan (360 E. Erie St.) – has a defined purpose: It’s open Thursday-Saturday nights, offers one seating (at 7 p.m.) and serves a 10-course menu that you can view by clicking here. That, as described by the chefs, “globally influenced” menu – not to be confused with the American-Chinese menu served at Dandan – changes monthly.
Reservations are required and can be made by clicking here. The cost is $80 per person (or $120 per person with beverage pairings). At the time of reservation, diners will need to make a $40 deposit to reserve their spot. If you’re checking out the menu for this weekend (Fri-Sat Nov. 25 and 26), the snacks include chicken skin chip with chicken liver mousse and capers; and kimchee cracklin’ with housemade ricotta. Courses range from quail egg raviolo to red deer with caramelized cauliflower, agrodolce and braised mustard greens.
Owners Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite – who chose the name EsterEv as an homage to their great-grandmothers – offer seating family style at two tables of ten.