The city's most spectacular new dining environment — the glass-covered rooftop at Union — is a half-block from Macy's, and a world apart from any other restaurant venue. Chef Jim Christiansen makes lunch even sunnier with pretty salads and imaginative entrees. Dinner under the stars is also a treat.
731 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-455-6690, www.unionmpls.com
Another indoor/outdoor room with a (marvelous) view is the balcony at Basil's, just a skyway away from Macy's. The third-floor restaurant overlooks the IDS Crystal Court and serves a well-prepared one-size-fits-all menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ask for the Mary Tyler Moore table.
710 Marquette Av. S., Mpls., 612-376-7404, www.basilsrestaurant.com
Scoot four floors up from the flower show and step into Macy's classic Oak Grill, a soothing sanctuary for shoppers since 1947. The lunch and dinner menus are an affordable mix of classic and contemporary favorites. Reservations accepted, and recommended.
700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-2938, www.macys.com