If you haven't noticed the overcast skies or the fact that it's so sticky outside, you should probably be showering right now. Yes, summer has once again imposed itself on South Florida. That means when we're not busy ignoring the Marlins and wondering WTF all those tourists are doing at the beach, we're looking for places with ice-cold A/C... and preferably something good to eat since there's no way we're standing over a stove. Lucky for you, our list of Miami's 17 best new restaurants has 16 places with both on it, and one where the food's so good you won't care it's from a truck. Feast your eyes...
Once upon a time, there was this burrito place called Lime that had all of Miami like, "Chipotle-what?" Then Ruby Tuesday got involved and things went so downhill, the original owners (who've since opened Yardbird, Swine, etc.) decided to turn the SoBe location into this place -- that stands for Burger, Taco, Whiskey -- where you can get the legendary Swine Burger, and also tacos with duroc pork belly or pollo mojo, and Crystal-honey hot wings. And find an entire bar devoted to small-batch whiskey and local craft beers to wash it all down.
The word "piripi" in Spanish refers to a sensation of intoxication where reality begins to feel like a dream. While the sangria and Spanish-inspired cocktails will have you feeling piripi, what will really intoxicate you is their selection of arroces and specialty plates from different regions of Spain, most notably a chicken and lamb paella that will change the way you look at Basque cuisine. If you're still hankering for tapas, though, the house-cured meats are as good a happy hour snack as you'll find in Miami.
Though Miami has pretty much filled every food void that transplants used to complain about, one very deep one still existed: deep-dish pizza. That is until this St. Louis deep-dish stalwart opened up shop next to Story this spring, bringing with it not only the previously missing Midwestern pies, but also cornmeal-crusted thin crust and even a gluten-free variety for the health-conscious SoBe set. It's also got an all-star team of local beers on tap, with 14 of the best offerings from Concrete Beach, MIA, Wynwood, Funky Buddha, and other breweries our panel of beer experts rated as the best in Florida.
If you'd like to eat somewhere authentically French, but aren't really up for the eight-hour flight and streets that are perpetually filled with... ugh, French people, hit up this place in the much closer Midtown, where authentically gruff French waiters take your order in an open, airy brasserie, and serve fresh-baked bread before bringing you traditional French dishes like coq au vin, steak au poivre, and the house-made boeuf bourguignon with root vegetables, tagliatelle pasta, and a red wine sauce.
Celebrity chef Scott Conant -- like so many Northeastern retirees -- decided to join the rest of his friends in South Florida and got a place in Aventura. And while you won't be spotting him on the shuffleboard court or lining up for the 4pm early bird, you will occasionally find him in the kitchen at Turnberry Isle plating crazy-inventive stuff like balsamic-lacquered duck with broccoli rabe, chickpea panisse, and mustard seeds or the beef short rib "lasagna" with taleggio fonduta.
Because South Beach doesn't have enough upscale cuisine or scantily clad women, Tantalize is now offering a Pan Latin-inspired menu alongside its very own burlesque show. Here, you can chow down on stuff like cobia ceviche and the Cuban Boxer - a pork shoulder with rice, beans and maduros - in an opulent red velvet and brass decor, while twice-hourly musical performances entertain you. In other words, if you'd like to hit the strip club but are also craving some ceviche, this is the perfect compromise.
Now that the One Hotel has finally opened back up a) you've got another great pool party to check out and b) STK is finally back. This one-time SoBe home to beautiful steak-eaters shuttered while the Perry became the One, but is now all-new and just as swanky. The menu is still home to prime cuts of small, medium, and large size, plus other fresh dishes like Parmesan truffle fries, lil' BRGs, sweet corn pudding, and jumbo lump crab salad.
This spot inside the newly renovated Stiles Hotel lets you start your night downstairs in its hidden, sexy cocktail lounge Gold Bar -- where you can sip on a daily rotation of specialty drinks before getting to the main event -- then meander through their historic lobby to the patio on Collins Ave, where the menu is long on fresh seafood (the colossal gulf shrimp with cinnamon basil romesco), but the Kobe beef burger with a sunny side-up egg and smoked bacon is still a must-try.
Don't let the decor scare you, the Baseball Furies aren't going to ambush you in the bathroom. Although the chain-link fences, creepy gang masks on the walls, and subway station tiles might make you feel like the Gramercy Riffs are hot on your tail, all that's waiting for you here is delicious Asian-inspired food like curries, Indian gravy, and Thai beef salad in a space that could have doubled as a soundstage for The Warriors. Just remember, when the check comes, the proper response is not "Pay? FOR WHAT????"
You know you've arrived as a trendy neighborhood when you have your very own fresh juice and creative salad joint. So congrats, Doral, your Miami International Mall now boasts this joint, where health-conscious Doralers(?) can get fresh-pressed juices as well as wraps and bowls with fresh veggies, like the Metaboost with spinach, kale, mangoes, carrots, edamame, almonds, and goat cheese or the Warrior bowl with brown rice, corn, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, black beans, Cajun spices, and ranch.
Spending your morning prosecuting illegal parrot importers and/or defending gonzo porn magnates can work up a powerful hunger. Yet the poor folks who work at the Broward County Courthouse had few places to turn until now, thanks to this hot new food truck that has landed on SW 6th St and 1st Ave, and is serving up Buffalo sauce crafted by a chef straight from Buffalo, and steak subs overflowing with fresh-cut sirloin.
Tucked between the stately homes and high-rise condos in The Roads sits this brand-new Italian spot bringing the tastes of Northwest Italy to Miami. It's not the red sauce-and-carb-heavy stuff that lots of newer Italian places feature, but a lighter variety that's heavy on meat dishes like a carpaccio called Harry's Bar with basil and arugula, or a filet mignon with tagliatelle al Reggiano.
While the painted walls and new brewery row are becoming the trademarks of Miami's art district, Brad Kilgore is trying to put it on the map for fine dining and inventive food as well. To that end he's created a menu of locally sourced ingredients with stuff like blue crab w/ crispy taro, aji chili, and cilantro. A far better use for blue crab than the bottom of your tires on Old Cutler Road.
While dining at the venerable Seminole Hard Rock has long been an underrated experience (it's also home to Council Oak, one of Miami's best steakhouses), it would be hard to underrate the job Executive Chef Alex Becker and sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa have done here. The sushi, fresh seafood, and robata grill are up there with any yacht-up restaurant on the Miami River that may or may not rhyme with "puma," and the decor is as opulent as you'd find in any international casino. The tuna tataki and ribeye miso will leave you more than sufficiently fueled up for your long night at the nickel slots.
Though Brickell still offers a pretty authentic Latin American experience even when just going to get a morning cafecito, it's also all very modern. A trip inside Coya brings you back to the Latin America of old, with its high ceilings and rotating collection of 1900s photographs, plus its big, open bar in the front that specializes in pisco drinks and rum cocktails. Though it offers a members-only club experience as well, the main dining room is a great place to enjoy stuff like the red snapper ceviche in shiitake mushroom and truffle leche de tigre.
Hands down the best new dish name in Miami is Nicole Votano's Crack Head Shrimp, served at this new restaurant on Miami Ave right around the corner from Club Space. The shrimp -- made from heads of royal red shrimp with saffron and orange -- are addictive, and also named to honor the inhabitants of the nearby neighborhood. But a trip to Fooq's is nothing to be afraid of, the warm, homey food from this Michelle Bernstein protege and the small, intimate atmosphere make this the best new date spot of 2015.
Believe it or not, there are things that come out of North Central Florida other than delusional Gator fans. Like thoroughbreds, and grass-fed Florida beef. And now you can get both at Gulfstream, where when you're done screaming at the horses on the track you can head to this spot and chow down on meat from a 90,000-acre family farm near Ocala, where they raise all the beef used in their steaks, as well as the chickens and other livestock. The veggies are all Florida-raised too, and the impressive wine selection makes this a perfect spot to celebrate a big win at the track. Or to curse the pig running backwards you just lost money on.
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1. Bistro Cassis118 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami
2. BTW1439 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
3. Piripí320 San Lorenzo Ave Ste 1315, Coral Gables
4. Pi Pizzeria124 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
5. Corsair19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura
6. Tantalize330 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
7. STK2311 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
8. Primrose1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
9. The Gang3500 N Miami Ave, Miami
10. Freshii1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral
11. New York Subs & WingsSW 6th St. and 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
12. Pazzo2525 SW 3rd Ave, Miami
13. Alter223 NW 23rd St, Miami
14. Kuro1 Seminole Wy, Fort Lauderdale
15. Coya999 Brickell Ave, Miami
16. Fooq's1035 N Miami Ave, Miami
17. Adena Grill and Wine Bar900 Silks Run #1740, Hallandale
For a meal that is as authentic as it gets outside the country, hit up this place. Gruff French waiters take your order in an open, airy brassierie, and serve fresh bread before bringing you traditional dishes like coq au van, steak au poivre, and the house-made Boeff Borguignon with root vegetables, tagliatelle pasta and a red wine sauce.
Brought to you by the team behind Yardbird and Swine, BTW stands for Burgers, Tacos, Whiskey -- and certainly delivers in these categories. Here you can get the legendary Swine burger, and also tacos with duroc pork belly or pollo mojo, and Crystal honey hot wings. Plus, the whole bar is devoted to small batch whiskey and local craft beers to wash it all down.
Chef Najat Kaanache, formerly of El Bulli, is doing something a little crazy in terms of Spanish food: offering actually-large plates. His chicken and lamb pallella will change the way you look at Basque food, but if you still want to get down with some tapas, the house cured meats are as good a happy hour snack as you'll find in Miami.
Finally bringing deep dish to Miami from St. Louis, Pi Pizzeria is located right next to Story nightclub. They've also got cornmeal-crusted thin crust and even a gluten-free variety for the health-conscious SoBe set, plus 14 local beers on tap including Concrete Beach MIA, Wynwood and Funky Buddha.
In Corsair, celebrity Chef Scott Conant has managed to construct what we imagine the bottom of the sea to look like (if illuminated by a giant flashlight and situated adjacent to a golf course). The geometric Mediterranean tiles closely resemble white and blue sea glass, and the fish (though motionless and plated) are bright and plump. The Turnberry Isle American-Mediterranean restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and after a day out in the Miami sun, you are encouraged to rejuvenate yourself with a refreshing tuna tartare with avocado wasabi, sweet soy, wontons, pickled root vegetables, and crispy rock shrimp. Progress to a crispy skin snapper whose mild flavor is augmented by lime rice and chayote squash, and conclude your meal with a macadamia nut-crusted Key lime tart.
Tantalize offers a Pan Latin-inspired menu alongside its very own burlesque show, because South Beach can never have enough upscale cuisine or scantily clad women. So if you want to hit up the strip club but are also craving some ceviche, this is the obvious choice for you.
STK Miami is just as swanky as its sibling locations in New York, Las Vegas, and LA. The restaurant offers "more than just steak, it’s an entire experience," and is host to all manner of gorgeous steak-eaters. Come dressed to impress and be apart of the scene.
Located in the renovated Stiles Hotel, Primrose is French inspired but strong on the seafood, while the Kobe beef burger with a sunny side up egg and smoked bacon is a must-try. Start your night downstairs at their hidden lounge Gold Bar and then head up to the patio on Collins Ave, it's sure to be a great night for all.
Don't let the decor scare you, the Baseball Furies aren't going to ambush you in the bathroom. And the Asian-inspired food like curries, Indian gravy, and Thai beef salad are well worth the risk anyway.
The Doral outpost of this health-conscious chain offers up fresh-pressed juices as well as wraps and bowls with fresh veggies in the Miami International Mall. Try the Warrior Bowl with brown rice, corn, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, black beans, cajun spices and ranch for a light lunch or hearty snack.
Usually parking right by the Broward County Courthouse, the New York Subs & Wings truck is serving up Buffalo sauce crafted by a chef straight from Buffalo, and steak subs overflowing with fresh-cut sirloin, so head on over there for lunch (hopefully not after a visit to the courthouse).
This spot brings a taste of northwest Italy to Miami, not the red-sauce-and-carb heavy stuff but a lighter variety that's heavy on meats dishes like a carpaccio called Harry's Bar with basil and arugual, or a filet mignon with tagliatelle al reggiano.
Chef Brad Kilgore prepares an inventive, fine dining experience in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Wynwood. To that end he's created a menu of locally-sourced ingredients with stuff like blue crab w/crispy taro,aji chili and cilantro.
Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Kuro is a true success. The fish is up there with any yacht-up restaurant on the Miami River that may or may not rhyme with "puma," and the decor is as opulent as you'd find in any international casino.
Entering Coya is like going back to the Latin America of old, with its high ceilings and rotating collection of 1900s photographs. Though they offer a members-only club experience as well, the main dining room is a great place to enjoy stuff like their red snapper cevice in shiitake mushroom and truffle leche de tigre.
Fooq’s makes its patchwork menu seem effortless, seamlessly combining French, Italian, and Middle Eastern elements in a spectacular culinary experiment. The Persian salad of fennel, hard-boiled eggs, marbled potatoes, celery, olives, turmeric pickles, and Dijon lemon is the lightest entrance into the menu, which takes you to a bucatini amatriciana whose smoked pancetta permeates the dish and tints the sweet onions, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic chips, and chili flakes with a familiar taste that offsets the spice. The traditional Persian stew changes daily but always comes highly recommended, and with throw pillows and cookbook-covered coffee tables, the atmosphere at Fooq’s is just homey enough to push you to try something new.
An upscale steakhouse that serves grass-finished beef with a farm-to-fork take on menu items, Adena pleases with carnivorous selections like steak tartare served with capers and lemon zest, and housemade desserts like chocolate torte and New York style cheesecake.