The official roundup is here. Check out where to eat, drink, and be seen in Miami this winter.
Miami’s latest after-hours eatery and cocktail bar, tucked away in South Beach, is hidden in plain sight on Alton Road. Drunken Dragon, Homecookin’ Hospitality Group’s brand new Korean-barbecue-meets-tiki themed restaurant, brings a completely new dining experience to Miami and its foodie community with its speakeasy vibe and phenomenal dishes by Executive Chef and Nobu vet Xavier Torres. Employing the same concept as sister bar Foxhole, Drunken Dragon remains unmarked and subsequently missed by unsuspecting passers-by. Below the ‘Market’ sign and through an unassuming doorway lies our new favorite hidden gem, complete with tableside communal grills and a superior craft cocktail program, a collaboration between Homecookin’ and KNR Hospitality’s Navin Chatani.
1424 Alton Road, Miami Beach
BALL & CHAIN
Tobacco leaf old fashioneds. Pastelito-infused daiquiris. House-made chicharrones. Ball & Chain has been resurrected after a 60-year hiatus and is back with a bang, honoring its historic roots combined with a nod to the 21st century. The indoor lounge’s vintage Florida feel meets a tropical courtyard showcasing the energy of Calle Ocho, rounding out the experience with a killer cocktail program and a menu full of classic Cuban flavors with a modern twist. Catch the action with live music Thursday through Sunday from 6pm onward.
1513 Southwest 8th Street
Upon temporarily shuttering Michy's, James Beard Foundation Award winning chef Michelle Bernstein has teamed up with KNR Hospitality's Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo to open Seagrape, a casually elegant Floridian brasserie boasting 267 seats and prime location at Thompson Miami Beach. Bernstein’s new outpost is slated to open its doors to the public next month; look forward to fresh local fare and noteworthy menu items including house-made squid ink spaghettini and roasted picanha steak.
4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
TED’S AT YOUNGARTS
Frank Gehry’s first Florida venture combines the dining experience of the Stephen Starr dining experience along with the the rich artistic vision of YoungArts. Inventive fare and an intimate space draw local and national artists and industry icons with a performance series ranging from dance and photography to spoken word and live music. The view doesn’t hurt, either. Luxury Attaché favorites include a smoked duck breast and rose-infused gin cocktails.
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Zuma partners Arjun Waney and Tunu Puri bring “Italian glamour with a Miami accent” to the Brickell neighborhood with a brand new coastal dining destination. Designed by David d’Almada and helmed by Chef Israel Mora, Tamarina boasts both indoor and al fresco seating, an oyster and champagne bar, and lunch and dinner service highlighted by stunning dark woods and an unbeatable view of the water. Menu highlights include a branzino per due, veal Milanese, and a 24-ounce ribeye.
600 Brickell Avenue, Miami
Chef Jean-Georges presents his second Miami venture, a modern interpretation of Latin cuisine influenced by Spanish, Caribbean, and South American flavors. Matador Room, The Miami Beach EDITION’s brand new cornerstone, boasts a seasonal menu composed of small and large shareable plates and embraces Miami’s locality through Vongerichten’s signature seasonal fare. A breathtaking terrace offers beachfront views and bougainvillea aplenty.
2901 Collins Avenue