Best new restaurants in Miami
What is it? The return of the popular tiki bar, formerly located inside the Washington Park Hotel. It’s now bigger, boasts indoor and outdoor seating and features an extensive menu of rum-based cocktails.
Why go? There’s an unheard-of happy hour that runs daily from 7 to 10pm.
What is it? David “Papi” Einhorn’s eponymous steakhouse, opened in partnership with David Grutman, is a cozy, velvet-strewn supper club brimming with celebs.
Why go? For fancy Jewish deli fare, like potato latkes and the best—and likely most expensive—wagyu pastrami you’ll ever try. It’s rich, marbleized perfection.
What is it? This futuristic-inspired, vegetable-forward restaurant from the team behind the late chef Joël Robuchon specializes in seasonal fare.
Why go? For beautifully composed dishes you’ll want to photograph as badly as you’ll want to eat them. Save room for the equally stunning desserts, made from fresh fruits and the highest quality chocolate.
What is it? Nearly 10 years after opening its doors in New York City’s East Village—and expanding to Los Angeles and Chicago—the barbershop by day and speakeasy by night finally opens in South Beach.
Why go? The hidden bar trend may have come and gone but there’s still something sexy and fun about a secret entrance. Find it and you’ll be rewarded with stiff cocktails and a menu of indulgent grilled-cheese sandwiches.
What is it? Part Mexican taquería, part restaurant and part club, El Santo is breathing new life into Little Havana’s nightlife scene.
Why go? It’s a one-stop night out. Start at the supper club restaurant for dinner and move the party to the backroom for drinks and dancing at El Diablo.
What is it? The Aventura Park outpost of the South Florida wellness restaurant chain stays loyal to its ethos of providing healthy food that tastes good.
Why go? The famous Noble veggie burger with truffle-infused garlic dijon is just the kind of tasty treat yo’ self meal you won’t hate yourself after.
What is it? A trendy Cuban restaurant in the heart of Westchester, La Mesa is helping put the quiet suburb on the restaurant map.
Why go? Reasons for the reverse nighttime migration from Downtown to Westchester include Cocktail Cartel drinks, modern twists on Cuban food and live entertainment nearly every night of the week.
What is it? Hialeah’s first proper cocktail bar is adjacent to Stephen’s Deli, the city’s first and only Jewish restaurant. If those two things seem incongruent in the predominantly Cuban area, it’s because they are—but somehow they work.
Why go? No culture clash here. La Cocina reveres all things Cuban and Hialeah (which is its own brand of weird Spanglish society) with cleverly named drinks like the Qué Cute and funny accents that even people who don’t hail from the area will appreciate.
What is it? This sweeping tiki bar is a cocktail lounge and restaurant all rolled into one funky, neon-lit spot.
Why go? A full Polynesian experience from the pu-pu platter to the tropical decor, down to those sweet and deceptively strong rum cocktails served in those adorable tiki mugs.
What is it? Hip and intimate, this 24-seat restaurant in a Buena Vista strip mall charms with a cool interior and forward-thinking, seasonal fare. Rabbit pasta, anyone?
Why go? Chef/owners Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer cut their teeth at award-winning kitchens such as New York’s Eleven Madison Park, which should bode well for serious diners. Plus, the wine list specializes in small-batch, organic varieties.
What is it? James Beard-winning chef Michael Schwartz is at it again in Coconut Grove, this time with a lush, laid-back restaurant serving a Florida-inspired, vegetable-forward menu.
Why go? The bar scene is like none other in the neighborhood, thanks to an expansive counter and a cocktail program helmed by the Bar Lab folks. If you’re not there to drink, don’t miss the mashed fava pizza. If you didn’t order pizza at a Schwartz-led establishment, did you eat there at all?