The rustic dining room, done up with woven wood lanterns, serves casual plates meant for sharing. Seats in the back of the space are actually located in the pantry - two walls have built-in cabinets filled with cans, bottles and produces, while third windowed-covered wall keeps the space from feeling claustrophobic. This sort of culinary seclusion is welcomed, because the menu requires getting a little messy.
Between maneuvering plates of pickles with chopsticks and tearing apart sesame-coated chicken wings with bare hands, truly enjoying a meal at Mott St requires a bit of submission and a lot of getting your fingers dirty. Check out the food, space and cocktail menu designed by Chad Hauge, formerly of Longman & Eagle at the little red restaurant, now open in Wicker Park.
1401 N. Ashland Ave.; 312-200-0000