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Private Dining at Nia

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Host your next private dining event at Nia Restaurant. Nia is delighted to offer several options for private dining and events. The intimate main dining room radiates the golden colors of the sunny Mediterranean in its iridescent tiles, stained glass sconces and dabbled walls. The warmth of burgundy curtains and upholstery as well as the deep wood tones bring a comforting yet elegant setting perfect for group events. Or host your private party in the wine cellar for a special Mediterranean treat. White washed walls draw your eyes up to panoramic scenes of Lake Como and the classic white buildings of the Greek islands. During the summer months host your private party on our terrace looking out on one of the hottest streets in Chicago. Nia’s private event spaces are perfect for all of your special occasions from 10 – 100 guests.

For private dining, whether you wish to entertain a group of ten or impress your friends and family Nia and her events manager will be there to help you every step of the way. Host a party featuring fresh tapas in a whitewashed wine cellar reminiscent of a Mediterranean island. It’s casual, fun and effortless A tapas style lunch or dinner allows you and your guests the opportunity to get to know one another and relax. Served family style, tapas promote interaction and conversation among your guests. Tapas are also great for a reception style event. Taking a group to a Blackhawks or Bulls game? A cocktail party before game time at Nia is easy and convenient.

Located in the West Loop of “Restaurant Row” on Randolph Street, Nia is convenient to downtown and many local schools. Directly west of the loop Nia is easily accessible via the expressway and public transportation. Whether it’s a casual small gathering or a big formal event Nia wants to help you create special private party with great food, professional service and the perfect setting.

Family Style Private Events

Family Style Events

Nia’s Mediterranean cuisine serves up rich flavors in light ingredients. It’s full of fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, oils, legumes, and whole grains, combined in creatively satisfying ways. Inspired by the spirit of Mediterranean family traditions Nia’s private party room offers welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Guests pass platters of delicious food and pour wine, sharing not just a meal, but stories and laughter. Family style meals are warm and intimate. Let us know your family favorites and we’ll customize a menu that’s just right for you.

Family Style Event

Nia that will help you create be memorable family style private event for you and your guests. Host a special dinner featuring fresh tapas in a whitewashed wine cellar reminiscent of a Mediterranean island. It’s casual, fun and effortless A tapas style lunch or dinner allows your family and friends the opportunity to get to know one another while experiencing the classic flavors of the Mediterranean. Served family style, tapas promote interaction and conversation among your guests. Nia provides a memorable place for any gathering.

Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s “Restaurant Row” Nia is easily accessible from the loop, by public transportation and the expressway making one less thing for you and your guests to worry about. Get ready to relax, share food, laughs and good company in a memorable setting at Nia.

Have a Private Party at Nia

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Host a Private Party at Nia

Host your next private party at Nia Restaurant. Nia is delighted to offer several options for private parties and events. The intimate main dining room radiates the golden colors of the sunny Mediterranean in its iridescent tiles, stained glass sconces and dabbled walls. The warmth of burgundy curtains and upholstery as well as the deep wood tones bring a comforting yet elegant setting perfect for group events. Or host your private party in the wine cellar for a special Mediterranean treat. White washed walls draw your eyes up to panoramic scenes of Lake Como and the classic white buildings of the Greek islands. During the summer months host your private party on our terrace looking out on one of the hottest streets in Chicago. Nia’s private event spaces are perfect for all of your special occasions from 10 – 100 guests.

Whether you wish to entertain a group of ten or impress with your next private party Nia and her events manager will be there to help you every step of the way. Host a party featuring fresh tapas in a whitewashed wine cellar reminiscent of a Mediterranean island. It’s casual, fun and effortless A tapas style lunch or dinner allows you and your guests the opportunity to get to know one another and relax. Served family style, tapas promote interaction and conversation among your guests. Tapas are also great for a reception style event. Taking a group to a Blackhawks or Bulls game? A cocktail party before game time at Nia is easy and convenient.

Located in the West Loop of “Restaurant Row” on Randolph Street, Nia is convenient to downtown and many local schools. Directly west of the loop Nia is easily accessible via the expressway and public transportation. Whether it’s a casual small gathering or a big formal event Nia wants to help you create special private party with great food, professional service and the perfect setting.

Special Lunch Prix Fixe

Special Lunch Prix Fixe

Nia’s Special Prix Fixe Menus are available everyday from 11:30AM-3:00OM. Grab a friend, co-worker, business partner, clients, etc..Our  $15 Lunch Prix Fixe Menu guarantees a great time and is great for a impressive business lunch meeting in our conversation friendly dining room . Reward the whole office to a great group dining experience. Or for an extra special meal try the Six Course Lunch Prix Fixe Menu for only $22. Nia’s Special Lunch Prix Fixe Menus offer a budget friendly option with many delicious healthy dishes to share. Come try these amazing lunch specials and see for yourself you will love it.

Tapas are delicious dishes that at some establishments can be considered appetizers, but when eaten in combination here at Nia as a prix fixe menu make up a full meal. They come from a variety of cultures and cuisines and can be spicy or savory. Another key characteristic of tapas is that they can be hot or cold. You may want to start off with cold, savory dishes to whet your appetite for later in the meal, when you try our spicier, warmer dishes finally finishing with a signature dessert.

Hot or cold, tapas are still delicious.

Tapas are delicious dishes that at some establishments can be considered appetizers, but when eaten in combination here at Nia, make up a full meal. They come from a variety of cultures and cuisines and can be spicy or savory. Another key characteristic of tapas is that they can be hot or cold. You may want to start off with cold, savory dishes to whet your appetite for later in the meal, when you try our spicier, warmer dishes. Or, for the adventurous, you would like your entire meal to consist of our spicier and hotter options, but end with a slow and savory dish to cool off before heading out.

Or, why not eat alongside the season? A cold dish of cool avocadoes and mixed greens lined with almonds and sprinkled with vinaigrette is an excellent way to cool off during the hot Chicago summers; while a sizzling potato dish with spicy tomato sauce is the best way to warm up during the Windy City’s brisk, cold winters.

Whatever the temperature outside, or your appetite this very evening, here is a selection of some of our most popular cold and hot tapas.

Cold tapas

Cold tapas are served at room temperature or cooler; and though they are not sizzling or melted like some of our most popular hot dishes, our savory cold tapas are certainly not for the faint-of-heart. Many of our cold tapas incorporate hearty dried or cold spicy sausages, such as our signature Nia dish or our Charcuterie, which is served with artisan cheese. Others come with the richest Mediterranean fruit, avocado, such as our Shrimp & Avocado and Greek Tapas dishes. Fans of a wide assortment of cheeses will also find much to love here at Nia, from our Caprese dish that comes with fresh mozzarella infused with extra virgin olive oil to the vegetarian-friendly Grilled Asparagus dish that is served with Valdeón blue cheese.

Examples of other cold tapas at Nia:

  • Arugula, which is Panko encrusted and with almond herbed goat cheese and a balsamic glaze
  • Chickpea hummus with roasted garlic, red pepper coulis, fresh horseradish cream and a pita
  • Citrus ceviche with bay scallops, shrimp, mahi-mahi, Alaskan halibut and Nova Scotian caviar
  • House cured salmon with white and yellow egg, piparras peppers, pickled red onions and caperberries

Hot tapas

Buttery. Rich. Saucy. These are just three of the descriptions of our vast selection of hot tapas at Nia.

Most of our dishes feature a meat, seafood or potato with a rich, sometimes spicy sauce. Our meat dishes range from lamb, such as our Lamb Loin Chops with potatoes and Lamb and Feta Meatballs; pork, such as with our Pork Tenderloin dish with eggplant, or our Bacon Wrapped Dates; and chicken and beef, such as our Chicken Brochette or Beef Brochette with horseradish cream.

We also have some superb and creative vegetarian options. Try our hot potato dishes, such as Patata Bravas, potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce or Seasonal Gnocchi, served with hazelnuts and sage brown butter; or, try our cheese-only dishes such as Baked Goat Cheese with tomato basil sauce or Saganaki, sheep’s milk cheese with brandy flambé and lemon.

Seafood fans also have a lot from which to choose: There are our Diver Scallops which white bean puree and pesto; Jumbo Garlic Shrimp with olive oil and garlic or Shrimp Brochette with lemon butter sauce; Excarole & Cannellini Beans with garlic and olive oil; and our West Coast Mussels, with garlic, chorizo and braised fennel.

Take a look at our menus and contact us to book your next lunch, dinner or private event today!

How to host an effective, delicious, group business lunch

Even with the struggling economy, group business lunches still are an essential aspect of good relationship-building business practices. Whether it’s for a key client or stakeholder – current or potential – a sophisticated and elegant business lunch can only strengthen that relationship.

Luckily, at Nia, you won’t need to wipe out your entire team’s expense account to host an elegant and – may we add, delicious – business lunch in the near future. At our low group rates, you’ll even be able to easily justify hosting several or more business lunches at our establishment each quarter. While a well-orchestrated conference call or group meeting at your headquarters may maintain that relationship at its status quo, a business lunch with Nia tells your clients or stakeholders that you are a professional organization that is serious about quality.

What are some of the best-practices for your next group business lunch with Nia?

  • Know what to – and not to – discuss. To effectively build relationships with your clients or stakeholders, you must know your industry well and be able to speak effectively about it. However, you also must come across as approachable and relatable. Finding that balance during your group business lunch is key for it to have its intended effect: You mean to do business with your guest, and they should want to do business with you – and most want to do business with those with whom they have something in common. However, be careful to not discuss topics that are overly personal or inappropriate for the venue or purpose of the lunch. If you wouldn’t say it on a first date, don’t say it here. Stay away from discussing religion, politics or any major controversies that are affecting your industry, unless one of those topics is directly related to the group business lunch at hand.
  • International group lunches – Our tapas come from a variety of cultures, from Italian and Spanish to the great Mediterranean tapas tradition. And just like how the tapas are slightly different across cultures, so are business customs. In certain European nations, it is customary to slowly ease in to work discussion at a business lunch, while in others, work is discussed immediately. Read the social cues your guests are giving you to decide when it is most appropriate to switch gears from small talk to discussing business. You should also read up on the customs of your guests’ country when it comes to ordering wine, discussing personal topics at the lunch, and how to most appropriately interact with your waiter.
  • Alcoholic beverages – Here at Nia, we have an exquisite assortment of wines and a delicious selection of beers and cocktails. While we want you to sample our vast array of alcoholic beverages, you may perhaps want to keep it just that – a sample. With family, friends, or eating out with your own business unit, a few glasses of wine is a great way to open up and build those relationships (and as long as you will not be driving right after). However, with a group lunch with a client or stakeholder, you may want to hold off on too much alcohol. Drinking can give the impression that you are there only for a good time, when you also are there for a business purpose.

Take a look at our menus and contact us to book your next group business lunch or private event today. Make sure to reserve your spot before other companies take your place!

 

Father’s Day Sangria Special

Thank your Dad this Father’s Day with a delicious lunch or dinner at Nia Mediterranean, tell him “thanks tapas style”. All Fathers receive a complimentary sangria special with our delicious
TASTING MENU – Only $33 per person –  Ala Carte Menu will also be available. SPECIAL EARLY OPEN AT NOON. 

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed.There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd,who was the driving force behind its establishment.

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.