07 Mar 2014
COMO Hotels and Resorts opens its first US property, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach on 3rd March 2014. The 74-room hotel occupies an original 1930s building located in the heart of the city’s famous Art Deco district. The new hotel will have direct access to the beach and a private swimming pool, two restaurants, and a COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa. Located on Collins Avenue and 24th Street, the views stretch across the Atlantic to the east or the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, flooding rooms with Miami Beach sunshine.   Interiors are by the Italian designer Paola Navone, who preserved the hotel’s Art Deco heritage and contrasted it with an urbane, contemporary spirit in shades of peppermint green and dusky grey with surfaces of cool white marble and shining chrome.   The hotel will feature two restaurants in its heritage building. The Traymore, the headline restaurant, will showcase Floridean seafood with an emphasis on fine dining and traditional service, while the poolside restaurant will be more relaxed, with wood-baked pizzas and easygoing pick-up food to enjoy during the day. The Met Bar will offer premium spirits and Champagnes, while the rooftop COMO Shambhala juice bar will provide a calming space…
Top Chef contestant Carla Pellegrino was sassy and saucy on her season of the hit Bravo cooking competition but let's get somethings straight although her restaurant Touché (too-shay, not tushy) is located downtown on the rooftop of the 24/7 Don't Call It A Strip Club It's An Adult Entertainment Venue known as E11EVEN, much to the dismay of some, servers, chef and staff will be fully clothed.  The 7,100 square foot restaurant, opening April 3, has its own entrance via private elevator.  The only thing going topless up there is the roof, which is retractable. Inside Touché are 50 seats and an open kitchen and outside are 225 seats surrounded by waterfall wall, fire pits, communal table and bar.  And now for the food, because, just like the articles in one of those magazines, that's why you're really in this building. No, really. It will be.  Among other things, Pellegrino's menu will feature classic meatballs and beef carpaccio, lobster fra diavolo, asaparagus risotto, Colorado lamb lollipops, red snaper with Gaeta olives, teardrop tomatoes and caperberries, salmon harissa and a selection of sushi and sashimi such as the tropical citrus salmon roll and halibut Usuzukirui sashimi. Like the ladies working downstairs, the menu is all over the…
03 Mar 2014
Beer. It doesn't just grow on trees, you know. That'd be crazy. Beer growing on trees. No, ends up it prefers flying through midair. Watch out below... it's Yard House Miami, a gargantuan South Beach watering hole outfitted with 150 taps of precision-chilled drafts and beer-friendly fare, now open. Picture a hangar. You know, high ceilings, poured concrete, exposed ducts. Now fill it with a dedicated keg room that pumps beer through an overhead piping system and into 150 waiting taps. Beers like the rum-tinged Innis & Gunn and local pours from Due South and Funky Buddha, all served in goblets or 32-ounce half yards. That's this place. So, tonight. Summon a few beer aficionados to join you at the rectangular bar in the middle of the joint. What you'll be eating: grilled-Korean-pork-belly tacos and gorgonzola burgers. What you'll be watching: flat-screens. They're tucked into just about every corner of the place and playing some form of competitive athletics. But it's South Beach. So if you assumed there'd be a people-watching/patio situation going on here—good call. You'll find it right by those huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows out front. Start working on your pageant wave.   Source : UD
Mandarin Oriental, Miami announces the opening of MO Bar + Lounge on 26 February 2014. Offering a cosmopolitan nightlife experience unique to the prestigious Brickell area of Miami, the new space will showcase the hotel’s panoramic skyline and water views. Natural woods, leathers and polished metals will create a warm setting which complements the elegant lounge seating. Guests can enjoy an innovative selection of classic cocktails and modern mixology offered alongside a menu of light plates. MO Bar + Lounge will also host nightly jazz and international Latin performances. The cocktail menu at MO Bar + Lounge will be prepared with fresh, house-made ingredients, herbs, syrups and only the finest premium liquors. The hotel has tapped expert mixologist, Angelo Vieira, formerly of The Florida Room and Sunset Lounge, to create an atmosphere of sophisticated showmanship and style at the bar. Vieira, who has a wide range of experience in fine and rare spirits, as well as with classic bar tools, is a mastermind with homemade infusions and fresh fruit liquors. Cocktails will range from timeless classics with a fresh twist, such as the French Martini with vodka, crème de framboise, fresh pineapple, fresh lime and raspberry to the more intriguing variety, such…
Naked. Taco. Yes, "naked." And "taco." It's almost as if someone wanted your undivided attention...   So center your focus on Naked Taco, a feverish Mexican dream of fried-chicken tacos, tequila and a buck-naked Día de los Muertos girl, opening tonight in South Beach.   Ralph Pagano took one look at the old Serafina space and decided he wanted something different. Something with green-eggs-and-ham tacos and murals of nude Día de los Muertos women. And today, it's ready. Go ahead... let the emotions flow.   Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. That can all happen here. So in the morning, you'll want to swing by the space's Bar Mañana for some Nutella pancakes and Kahlúa-laced Mexican coffee... and then double back after work for one of their 125 different tequilas at Bar Noche.   But eventually, you should investigate the taco menu here. In fact, the circular leather booths are a great spot to hunker down with their Korean-barbecue-short-rib or fried-chicken options in a corn, flour or lettuce shell.   Oh, we almost forgot—tonight they're opening the doors to the joint with a grand ol' fiesta. It'll have everything. Jugglers. Fire dancers. DJs. Sexy taco dancers.   You might need to help them…
For far too long, chocolates have maintained a tyranny over heart-shaped boxes. Today we propose: somebody put some linguine in one.   Well, maybe not. But you could take your date to Petit Miami Beach, a charming little neighborhood bistro for intimate conversation over linguine and red wine, now open in South Beach.   This is the kind of place you'll want to keep in your back pocket for a follow-up date. Because seriously—just look at it: impossibly dim lighting. Antique mirrors reflecting the tons of candles softly illuminating the joint. And just the right amount of whitewashed two-tops required for quality one-on-one time.   So roll up with your favorite companion and step inside. Move in on one of the tables in the corner. Here you can look over the menu, pick out a nice Tuscan red and something to pair with it. Like a platter of salumi prepared on their red Berkel slicer. Or spaghetti with lobster ragout. You know... Italian.   And before summer arrives and renders sitting outside impossible, you should hit up their back patio. The one with all of the Christmas-light-festooned trees and (more) candles. Fine spot for settling in with some tiramisu. Maybe…
10 Jan 2014
Brickell have a new cuban restaurant in town, yes it's Havana 1957 that recently opens. It replace Brickell Irish Pub that closed two months ago. Here is more information about the Cuban Restaurant : According to Miami New Times : "This area lacks a good home-style Cuban restaurant," general manager Sandra Perez says. "We have two other Havana 1957 locations in South Beach and thought with Brickell booming, it was the perfect setting for us to be in." During the grand opening, Mayor Tomás Regalado made an appearance and host a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event will feature samples from Havana 1957's extensive menu, drinks (mojitos!), and Cuban-style music. With more than 70 rums, the restaurant will house the most extensive mojito bar in the city. And during happy hour, daily from 4 to 8 p.m., you can drink any of their 14 mojitos -- such as the mojicoco or the mangojito -- for only $4.95. The bar bites menu also features cocktails, frozen daiquiris, and appetizers for the same price." written by Carla Torres   According to Miami Eater : "The eatery, managed by the V & E Restaurant Group, serves up traditional Cuban fare in a space reminiscent of old…
They say that behind every great man stands a great woman, and such is the case with NBA star LeBron James and his wife, Savannah James.   Mrs. James recently opened the Juice Spot, a cold-pressed juice bar in Brickell that specializes in nutrient-dense juices, smoothies, and light bites. If opening week is any indication of what's to come (think eager juice junkies and Heat fans standing in line since 5 a.m. to get a taste) her first entrepreneurial venture is set to succeed.   Together with her business partner and personal trainer, David Alexander, she curated the Juice Spot's menu after researching countless recipes and visiting juice bars in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. To add artistic flavor to the space, she enlisted the talents of Ian Ross, a San Francisco-based artist who created a massive bright-green mural using his signature, graffiti-like technique.   Since last week's opening, the place has been packed with celebs such as Angela Simmons, Jonathan Cheban, and Gabrielle Union, and Heat players like Norris Cole. Short Order spoke with Savannah James about the juice biz, starting a new business, and the importance of nutrition.   Short Order: What prompted you to get…
The highly anticipated SoHo (NYC) seafooder Lure Fishbar is set to open in the Loews space formerly known as Emeril's on December 2.   Lure has some very important culinary siblings: B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco, plus The Dutch, Locande Verde and Lafayette.   The menu, overseen by chef/partner Josh Capon and executive chef Jeff Raider, will feature, among other things: garnished oysters in flavors such as pineapple salsa and jalapeno ponzu, Taylor Bay Scallop Ceviche with cucumber and golden pineaple salsa; coconut curry steamed shellfish with clams, mussels and prawns in a green curry brother topped with cilantro and grilled flat bread; flash fried tempura crispy tuna roll with avacado, mango, jicama salsa, wasabi oil and sweet soy; Florida pompano on a bed of fregola sarda with Manila clams, Spanish chorizo and sweet pepper confit; seared jalapeno sirloin with jasmine rice, sauteed jalapenos, mushrooms and teriyaki; the classic lobster roll; and the New York Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash-winning Bash Style Burger.   Award-winning mixologist Robert Ferrara heads the booze program. Lure Fishbar will be open for dinner nightly at 6 p.m.   Source : Lesley Abravanel
Back in March, Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli announced he was planning a cocktail lounge next door to his Coral Gables restaurant, named Drinking Room.   Rapicavoli has decided to introduce his beverage concept the same way he did his wildly successful Eating House -- with a pop-up.   This time, the chef is returning to South Beach with Drinking Room, a temporary cocktail lounge at the Hotel Astor on Washington Avenue.   The lounge will be located on the ground level of the property, which is undergoing a renovation to restore it to its original art deco splendor. Drinking Room will feature bar seating and sofas for lounging. There's also a game room where guests can start a rousing (and tipsy) game of Twister or Monopoly.   Chef Rapicavoli, known for his creative food recipes, is eager to share his passion for mixology with guests. Drinking Room will showcase his shaking skills and culinary prowess. Look for signature cocktails made with local produce, smoked flavors and (you guessed it) ham.   Cocktails will include the Tenth & Washington ($11) made with tequila, guanabana, lime, jalapeno and cilantro; Go Green Man ($11) with English gin, celery juice, citrus, and celery bitters;…
Latin Burger and Taco, the hot pink-and-black roving burger joint, has finally found a permanent parking space after four years of driving around town. Oh, but don't worry..the original truck will still be out and about.   Latin Burger opening a brick and mortar space right on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, in the former BGR: The Burger Joint space. The decor will feature re-purposed barn wood and custom artwork, along with the original food truck's pink flames. The restaurant is scheduled to open sometime in December, 2013.   On the menu, the signature Latin Macho burger will be featured prominently. "Our hamburger is what made us famous. We were named best burger in Miami and were featured on Travel Channel's Burger Land", said owner Jim Heins.   The perma-Latin Burger will also feature an expanded menu, with a larger selection of tacos, including the tomitillo, taco macho, pulled pork (Heins' mother's recipe), and portobello. "We'll start with what works, then we'll expand and make some unique sauces." Heins said that first and foremost, he wants to make sure people have a great experience,"We're keeping the personality of the food and the truck, but now you get to sit down,…
15 Steps, a farm-to-fork restaurant will officially open at the Eden Roc Miami Beach on December 1, replacing the lauded 1500 Degrees that also featured locavore cuisine.   The restaurant, which is named after the "15 steps necessary to grow a vegetable, catch a fish, or cook the perfect steak", will showcase local produce and proteins, and will feature vegetables and herbs grown at the resort's own sea spray organic garden.   Bounties from the property's private garden include rosemary, sage, mint, basil, heirloom tomatoes, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, and celery.   The menu, helmed by executive chef Mark Henry and signature chef Jeremy Ford, will rotate seasonally, with month-to-month specials focusing on sustainability and regional produce. Chef Ford was the chef de cuisine at 3030 Ocean and corporate chef for Dean James Max in Fort Lauderdale.   The new executive chef at 3030 Ocean is Paula DaSilva, who led the kitchen at 1500 Degrees.DaSilva left 1500 Degrees this past July. The restaurant officially closed Oct. 14, but continued dining service during the transition.     Source : Laine Doss
06 Nov 2013
The idea behind Palatino Jamaican Restaurant is to unite Miami through island-style food. With Bob Marley on the soundtrack and inspirational quotes on the wall, this seems possible when you bite into a patty enveloped in soft golden pastry or gnaw a jerk chicken wing to the bone.   Haitian-born owner Nadine Patrice came to Miami from Port-au-Prince as a child with her family (her dad was a government administrator), and went on to Saarland University in Germany, where she had a brother-in-law.   She hoped to become a translator for the United Nations, but became involved with Operation Green Leaves, a nonprofit dedicated to reforesting Haiti. At a local event, she met the man who became her husband, chef Ian "Slim" Curti, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. They took over a former Latin restaurant in Wynwood a few months ago and made it Caribbean.   Start the day here with ackee (a fruit resembling scrambled eggs) sautéed with bits of salt fish or cheese grits with sausage. Meals are mains. Try Montego Bay shrimp in jerk spices with sprigs of thyme on a bed of bell peppers and onions or the veggie plate that includes rice and beans,…
30 Oct 2013
Colette Little French Bistro opened over two weeks ago on Lincoln Road. Featuring woven chairs and a Parisian-inspired decor, its outdoor terrace feels more Champs-Élysées than South Beach.   It's all wood and warm and homey in here. Like a country cottage on the outskirts of the Alps. There's fully stocked wooden wine racks. An old-timey mailbox out front. Candlelit two-tops. That sort of thing.   All of which equals: a good old-fashioned date spot. First date, second date, third date—doesn't matter. The movie theater nearby: start there. Afterward, suggest this little gem to your date. While you're at it, suggest the cozy corner banquette for some mussels and frites.   Chef Frederick Bouldron, who worked in several Michelin-rated restaurants in France, previously served as chef de cuisine at Miami's Tosca and Villa Mayfair. Now he runs the kitchen at Colette, where he offers simple, classic, and well-priced French fare. We were recently invited to sample his dishes. What follows is a preview of the bistro's menu. At Colette, Bouldron removes from escargots ($12) from their shells and drowns them in a decadent butter-parsley sauce. Never tried 'em before? Now's as good a time as any.   French onion soup…
Chocolate. No introduction needed.   Saffron-infused ganaches—well, we'll see if we can arrange a meeting...   Shake hands with Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine, a cozy nook stocked with handmade saffron-laced bonbons and hard-to-find vino, now open in Buena Vista. We've taken the liberty of breaking down the info into three ways you might want to approach this place...     For a gift with a royal pedigree. Meet the owner, Claude (he also runs the bistro and bakery next door). His family's been making chocolate for seven generations using old French recipes. Back in the day, they even made them for the royal family of France. If it's good enough for the queen, it's good enough for... anyone on your list.     For the casual romantic gesture. In case you missed the memo, dates like chocolates. A small box of them might be a good move. Here they've got about 20 handmade ones for you to choose from. Think: curry, lavender and, yes, saffron bonbons—clearly, the sexiest of the bonbons.     For... instant gratification. Outside, you'll find a patio with a handful of tables and chairs. If you're thinking that might be a nice spot to test-drive…
The Viceroy Hotel and Residences, plus all its outlets including Café icon , Fifty and the new restaurant join the MCS network ( Miami City Social )   Finally the residents of the Viceroy and Icon will be able to enjoy 20% off their purchases. They will also have the freedom to use Viceroy card on the MCS network as it has been co- branded with Miami City Social   They join many other great local businesses such as the Hoxton, Fado , and Toscana Divino .   If you want to have your business found by local residents contact Sales@citysocialworld.com
Michael Mina's new restaurant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is scheduled to open in November 2013 -- in time for the rush that Art Basel and the holiday season brings. Michael Mina 74 will open in the iconic resort's lobby, in the Arkadia space and is quite a departure from Mina's reserved Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. A new restaurant concept for Mina, it's described as blurring the lines "between a restaurant, bar, and ultra-lounge." The restaurant is being created by design firm AvroKO, taking cues from the Mediterranean. Plenty of booths and banquettes lit with candles will provide intimate spaces. Of course, there will be a DJ. The restaurant is designed to be a one-stop destination, with the intent that guests will come for dinner, then stay through the evening. Chef Mina calls his soon-to-open restaurant/lounge a "perfect balance of delicious food" with "an upbeat sophisticated ambiance". The menu will focus on American bistro classics, with a nod to Miami. Items include potato-crusted pompano, grilled red snapper, spiny lobster spaghetti, Jerk quail with foie gras rice and sugar pumpkin, roasted suckling pig "Cubano style", and miso-glazed black cod with ramen noodles. The beverage program will feature…
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