Food & Drink

5 new tapas spots to try right now

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014

Miami There're a lot of things people don't know about Miami, including the fact that we really like tapas. So much so, you don't even have to hit the kind of spots that show FC Barcelona to score creative Spanish small plates. In fact, we found five brand-new tapas offerings -- including two brand-new tapas restaurants -- you should totally check out. After the Barca match is over, obviously.

CECCONI'S

Cecconi'sMiami Beach
The words “Soho House” and “inexpensive” only belong in the same sentence if that sentence is said by a Russian billionaire/oil sheik, or you're there from 4-7pm every day (except Monday) for this courtyard eatery's sweet small plate deals. There you can get baked gnocchi w/ gorgonzola, pizzettas w/ rucola & parmesean, salame w/ caperberry, and a handful of other items for just $4 each. Or roughly what it costs to be a Soho House member for 15 minutes.

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Perfecto GastrobarBrickell
After a hard day of doing something involving Latin American banks and real estate that you really can’t explain, you’re going to be hungry. That's why Barcelona’s Perfecto Gastrobar has set up shop in Brickell, where you’ll relax on big, comfy couches drinking their massive selection of Spanish wines and stuffing your face with avocado and crab cannelloni, and tuna tartare topped with two types of caviar.

PORCAO

Porcao Farm to GrillBrickell
In what we can only assume is a heartfelt tribute to Woolworth’s, Mary Brickell’s just-opened locally sourced bistro is letting you relax out on the patio and enjoy items from their “Five and Dime” menu, which slings bites like house-cured duck pastrami; buffalo chicken Summer rolls; cheesy risotto tots; and ‘Kao-Bun’ Bites - two oak-grilled mini burgers made w/ chopped steak, roasted shiitake, ruby onion & Gruyere - for just $5 each. No word on whether they’ll be installing some form of soda counter.

Red the Steakhouse, South Beach
Meat scraps aren't really a delicacy in most places with running water and stable governments. That is, unless said scraps are prime filet mignon, marinated in teriyaki and chili, dried, and served as the best beef jerky you’ll ever have. Such is the highlight of Peter Vauthy’s new tapas menu at Red, which also features super healthy stuff like crème brulee-battered French toast w/ foie gras and maple bacon.

TAPERIA RACA

Taperia Raca, MiMo
Fortunately, you live in Miami, so when you tell your coworkers you’re headed up to MiMo to have some red wine and Coke, most of 'em will probably ask to join you. Even after you explain that you're talking about the signature drink at Giorgio Rapicavoli’s new tapas joint on 70th and Biscayne, where they can sip on said wine-and-soda cocktail while stuffing their faces with Patatas Bravas (fried baked potatoes, garlic aioli & smoked tomato), and a poached octopus dish w/ lemon and olive oil called Pulpo a la Vinagreta.

Or if you're in the Gables, it's hard to beat Bulla...

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1. Cecconi's 4385 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

With outposts in Cali and London, Cecconi's is known for simple, authentic, Venetian food from Chef Sergio Sigala (see? Authentic!) that's served in a sophisticated dining room and beautiful garden area.

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2. Gastrobar Perfecto 1450 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

At Perfecto, you can relax on big, comfy couches, drinking their massive selection of Spanish wines and stuffing your face with avocado and crab cannelloni, and tuna tartare topped with two types of caviar, plus plenty of other tapas options.

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3. Porcao Miami 901 brickell plaza, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

This locally-sourced bistro is letting you relax out on the patio and enjoy items from their “Five and Dime” menu, which slings bites like house-cured duck pastrami; buffalo chicken Summer rolls; cheesy risotto tots; and ‘Kao-Bun’ Bites - two oak grilled mini burgers made w/ chopped steak, roasted shiitake, ruby onion & Gruyere.

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4. Red, The Steakhouse 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.

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5. Taperia Raca 7010 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 (Miami Beach)

Giorgio Rapicavoli's tapas spot in MiMo serves up wine-and-soda cocktails and sumptuous Spanish small plates like Patatas Bravas (fried baked potatoes, garlic aioli & smoked tomato), and a poached octopus dish w/ lemon and olive oil called Pulpo a la Vinagreta.

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