33 West New York St., Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 375-0426
Wed-Thu: 5pm-11pm (kitchen closes 9pm)
Fri-Sat: 5pm-2am (kitchen closes 10pm)
Our menu changes weekly and is seasonal. We are eclectic and choose to be that way so that there is always something new and exciting to experience at the restaurant.
Chef Amaury at 33 West is located in the heart of downtown Aurora, on the west bank of the beautiful Fox River. This restaurant brings the vision and talent of Chef Amaury Rosado to fine dining. With a focus on fresh ingredients, locally-grown produce, signature cocktails, excellent preparation, and a chic ambience, Aurora will now have the perfect answer to the question, “Where should we go for dinner?”
Whether it is dining al fresco on our 600 square foot deck, watching the game with friends in our bar, or sharing an intimate dinner in the dining room, Chef Amaury is sure to delight the senses. We are located in the new “Restaurant Row,” and we are so excited to be a part of downtown Aurora’s resurgence!
Please consider Chef Amaury at 33 West for your next family event, business function, or romantic evening alone. Reservations’ are recommended. A gratuity of 20% will be added for all parties of 6 or more.
Chef Amaury is an eclectic restaurant, perhaps one of the finest restaurants in the western suburbs. Our menu changes weekly and is seasonal. Our cuisine has been described as new American meets French meets Latin Caribbean. We are eclectic and choose to be that way so that there is always something new and exciting to experience at the restaurant. The chef is always present and welcoming. When you enter the restaurant, be ready for the most memorable restaurant experience ever. Our cuisine will uplift and take you to places only imagined. Our goal is to be the best restaurant period. Please call us and let us know if there is anything else that we can do to make your experience one that you would never forget.
Prix fix and a la carte menus are available. The amount of courses offered usually consists of three to five. Occasionally, we have special nights, like Valentine’s Day where we offer 6-8 courses (price $75.00 per person). Situated much like a Chef’s Table at a fine dining restaurant, Chef Amaury will tell you about each course as we bring it out. We feature fresh fish such as wild Copper River Salmon or Sea Bass caught off the coast of Massachusetts. We do our best to secure the best and freshest meats, fish and seafood. In season, the chef procures organic produce from local farmers.
About Chef Amaury Rosado
You could say that everything about Chef Amaury’s Epicurean Affair in Aurora, Illinois is as ironic as it is amazingly wonderful. Here sits a restaurant serving fine, Contemporary American cuisine, worthy of world class recognition and is located on “restaurant row” in downtown Aurora.
Yet Chef Amaury Rosado, who trained to become a chef and graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC), after a full career as a social worker, sees his little three-star, 60 seat restaurant as part of something greater.
For the eight years he has been open, you have only been able to visit on Friday and Saturday nights. It is this exclusivity that shapes Rosado’s reputation for personally greeting each guest and talking over the menu particulars. With an open kitchen, he can not only feed their souls with (80 percent) organic food that he has painstakingly prepared, but he can playfully engage the curious guests as they watch what kitchen action they can see from their comfortable tables.
Rosado grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and attended Roberto Clemente High School where Rosado magically got his first look at what community really meant and what prompted him to excel, and made him want to be a leader, helping as many as he could along the way. After high school Rosado enlisted in the United States Navy where he served proudly for several years before discharged honorably.
After graduating from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and pursuing a career in social work for several years, Rosado’s wife, Trisha, who is an executive with Sara Lee Corporation, told him to follow his heart and pursue his passion for cooking.
“I have lived here for the past 13 years and have seen many of those farms disappear,” Rosado recalls. “We want to support the local community and their families. These are people who care greatly about the environment and while I pay a much higher price for their product, I feel it ultimately allows me to produce a better experience for my guests. I serve 80 percent organic products here and I want to procure what is best for our guests who put what I cook into their bodies. That is an honor I take quite seriously.”
Aurora, Illinois is the second largest city in the state of Illinois and is located on the banks of the beautiful Fox River. While it is more known for its rich history in theater than for food, Chef Amaury’s Epicurean Affair has been a beacon for fine dining and through his involvement in helping feed the hungry, he has educated those who may have never stepped into such an establishment before meeting Amaury, with his wide smile and ebullient personality.
“I am so joyful when I can make a difference in someone’s life. When I am able to help feed a hungry family through various charities, a synergy forms. The expression of happiness when someone is enjoying what I have cooked for them is simply priceless to me. Like Brillat-Savarin said years ago – ‘to receive a guest is to take charge of his happiness during the entire time he is under your roof.’”
With a goal of being a world-class restaurant, Rosado wants his staff to share in that dream and they too enjoy being able to offer their guests fresh product that will be used up completely in one week. Rosado does not believe in waste and his pre-fix menu has its attention fine tuned to locality and freshness. Another advantage is having the restaurant available during the week for private functions. “We have corporations that are able to wine and dine their clients and employees without breaking the bank. We are no means a bargain basement restaurant, but for the quality and service we offer, we are relatively inexpensive compared to restaurants in downtown Chicago.”
Rosado says he takes a very personal and unpretentious approach to service. “We never explain to our guests how to eat something. If they are unfamiliar with an item we explain the origins and what makes the product so interesting. Generally, I feel people are intimidated by fine dining. I believe the key to hospitality at our restaurant is that our guests believe that the restaurant is theirs. The restaurant belongs to the community. Again, this is like another link to social work.”
Aside from his pursuit of creating excellence on a daily basis, Rosado’s philosophy of cooking is one of simplicity, which coincides with his recipe for life, it seems.
Take the best ingredients one can procure, never overcook, never under season anything and coax out the flavors by combining sweet, salty, bitter and sweet to arrive at the best flavors.
Be the best person you can be. Don’t be greedy. Add some personality, give back to your community and you will coax out the best life you can have.
Our Culinary Staff
At Chef Amaury at 33 West, we celebrate our commitment with exquisite food, unconditional love of eclectic variety and sustainability. We have always seen the meal as a center of the human experience. At the table we are nourished and gladdened, put in touch with the source of life, and reconnected to traditions and creativity. This is true of everyday life as well as special occasions.
A good kitchen respects its sources, chooses ingredients that are sound, seasonal, local when possible, and appropriate to the event. Garnish and presentation play supplemental roles, not principal ones. Respect for traditions, both artisanal and sophisticated, is equal to respect for inventiveness and improvisation.
Good service at table understands and respects the kitchen, linking it to the diners, coordinating choices of food and wine, and maintaining the comfort and relaxation necessary to a sound and enjoyable meal.
We see farming, foraging, cooking, and table service as an unbroken sequence, like food and wine, accommodation and nourishment. We still remain aware of the garden and the farm while at the table; we cannot ignore threats to either end of the sequence.
Come see us at Chef Amaury’s at 33 West
Come and see us at Chef Amaury's new address, 33 West New York Street in downtown Aurora. Our hours are Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (kitchen closes at 10:00 pm); Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 2:00 am (kitchen closes at 10:00 pm). Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, but available for private parties.
Chef Amaury was awarded three stars (out of four) by the Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic Phil Vettel. We are very honored by the recognition and would like to thank all of our customers for believing in us by supporting our restaurant. We could not have done this without the support of our staff and guests/friends. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.