Opened in August 2007, this spacious pan-Asian eatery in the River East neighborhood combines original design with a rare sense of humor and adventure. Niu's fluid, sexy, casually luxurious dining room can accommodate up to 225 guests, so large parties are definitely welcome. An added attraction is the sleek lounge area complete with a spectacular "must-see" chandelierhich proves to be popular with diners who also fancy an ultimate people-watching scene facing the busy Illinois Street main drag. One of the reasons that people keep coming back to Niu is of course of the eclectic food and drink selections. Our inventive menu blends Japanese, Thai, and Chinese influences: little bites of modern Tokyo, Bangkok, and Shanghai, all blended in with the energy of Chicago. The menu offers a variety of sushi basics, but the real enticements are the one-of-a-kind "fusion makis" with such names as "Sexy Mexican," "White Angel," and "Diablo". For those sushiphobes, there is a fantastic selection of stir-fry and soup creations. Our bartender is also a pro at serving up specialty cocktails including Raspberry Mojiotos and Lychee Martinis.