Check, Please: Where to dine by Macy's flower show

  • Updated: March 23, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Chef Jim Christiansen, on the rooftop at Union.

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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

RICK NELSON

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