Corner 41

By Victoria Wiedel | Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Address: 4138 N. Lincoln Ave.
Phone: 773-327-3500
Website: http://www.corner41.com/

Corner 41 has recently opened in the spot formerly occupied by Cy's Steakhouse. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

Corner 41 seems like the type of place you can take anyone. It could be a romantic date without the kids, the bar where you finally become a regular, or the place to take in-laws who are picky eaters. That might not sound like an exciting endorsement, but I’m eager to return to Corner 41 and try the many dishes it serves. Most of the credit belongs to Al and Sima Bovali, the husband and wife team who transformed this former steakhouse to a swanky-yet-friendly neighborhood joint.

They offer a lengthy menu of sandwiches that cost under $10, entrees that range from $14 to $28, and something called “shrimp newborn,” which I hope is more akin to shrimp newburg and not a newly born shrimp. There are several side order options that accompany sandwiches, like “Lyonnaise fries,” which are potato wedges fried in bacon. Surprisingly there are several vegetarian options beyond salads.

The only sandwich more expensive than $10 is the lobster burger, which is a large seafood cake served on a brioche bun that’s tasty but very sticky due to its citrus sauce. One of my dining companions ordered our favorite dish of the night: a pulled pork sandwich smothered with Al’s signature barbecue sauce. The salads are fresh with sophisticated touches, but the goat cheese appetizer is disappointing. We really had to hunt for the cheese in the marinara sauce.

The interior of Corner 41 features exposed copper duct work, brick walls and an open kitchen. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

It’s hard not to compare Corner 41 to its competitor a few blocks down the street—The Bad Apple, which opened last year with a lot more hype. Corner 41 may not have an extensive beer list or creatively composed burgers, but the interior is much more conversation friendly (despite the exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and open kitchen), and I didn’t feel like I was eating in the hip level of Dante’s Inferno.


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  • k Shure

    One of the worst places ever. I had hoped they would have improved their menu and decide whether they were going to be a “bar food” place or “upscale” place. They are neither. I have been twice with groups greater than 5, not one person was impressed. Service was poor and food was worse, especially for the price. With so many excellent options in the area I will never return. It is a joke.

  • Chad

    Corner 41 is a hidden gem in my opinion. There is nice patio seating on the quieter Warner Ave and the indoor seating is dressed up nicely unlike your standard bar furniture. Drinks are priced well and there are specials like $.25 wings and $1.50 oyster rockefeller when ordering at the bar. My wife and I each tried a different burger, and both were good. The owner greeted us on the way in and thanked us on the way out. Very friendly servers as well. We will surely be back.

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