The restaurant’s contemporary exterior strikes an urban pose on this previously unassuming corner of Green Bay Road in Highwood. The second venture by childhood buddies Josh Kaplan and Mark Newman, Greenwood offers the neighborhood a casually sophisticated gathering spot to enjoy simple, mostly American comfort food. Kaplan likens the combination of scene and culinary sensibility to “Chablis and chicken wings—a beautiful and elegant space alongside comforting everyday food.”
Designed by DMAC Architecture (BellyQ, Midtown Athletic Club), the atmosphere envelops the diner in rustically modern surroundings featuring reclaimed wood, concrete in various stages of finish, smoked mirrors and a natural color palette with pops of mossy green. Diners enter a convivial bar with a bustling main dining room to the west and an intimate lounge area just east, complete with swivel chairs and an entire wall blissfully open to the elements. This is the place to be with a house signature drink, The Greenwood Cocktail made with Tito’s vodka, fresh pineapple, a basil infusion, Velvet Falernum—a Barbadian spiced, citrusy spirit—and lime, or perhaps a Sundream with Don Julio Blanco tequila, maraschino liqueur, and grapefruit and lime juices, plus an infusion of rosemary.