January 2020: Not the busy holiday season nor a hectic Miami Art Week kept new restaurants from opening their doors in November and December. The splashy Gitano burst onto the scene during mid-Art Basel madness, luring the arty crowds with its hippy Tulum vibes and modern Mexican fare. Meraki in Coconut Grove and InRamen in South Miami enjoyed more low-key debuts, letting their excellent Greek and Chinese menus, respectively, speak for themselves. Over in the Design District, Frohzen proved just how exciting ice cream can get.
You rule the city’s food scene: You’ve wined and dined at the best restaurants in Miami, and if someone wants to know where to get brunch in Miami, you’re their go-to egg master (and pancake master… and mimosa master!). The coffee shops in Miami? They know your name, they know your order and they know you mean business. But there’s always something new to discover, and new to learn—that’s part of the reason you love the Magic City. Stay up to date—and stay reigning supreme—with our guide to the best new restaurants Miami is welcoming to town right now.
Best new restaurants in Miami
What is it? A casual spot touting made-to-order ramen available at fast-food speeds (and prices), now open in South Miami.
Why go? Watch your Chinese soba noodles pulled, stretched and molded to perfection right before your eyes as all ramen is made to order. There for the broth? Choose from 10 different soup varieties you’ll want to slurp down to the last drop.
What is it? Mexico hippy vibes meets Miami tropical glam at this third location of the Tulum-based restaurant.
Why go? You still haven’t been to Tulum and need to know what the fuss is about. Miami’s Gitano faithfully follows the original as far as food and drink are concerned—from the signature grilled avocado and the banana leaf fish to the stiff tequila-based cocktails flavored with herbs from the restaurant’s garden.
What is it? Pastry chef Salvatore Martone’s innovative dessert shop puts forth a menu of sweet, whimsical treats that combine cake, baked goods and ice cream.
Why go? Enjoy pie on a stick, indulge in a Frankenstein cupcake with sprinkles and soft serve and try a fancy ice cream sandwich featuring a French macaron.
What is it? This Coconut Grove restaurant serves a menu of traditional Mediterranean fare in a bright, white-washed dining room with plenty of nautical accents to remind you of the Aegean.
Why go? Simple dishes where wholesome ingredients and vibrant, colorful veggies shine. Tuck into grilled octopus, tender gyros and Greek, honey-soaked desserts that taste just as authentically good on this side of the Atlantic.
What is it? A modern Greek restaurant in the heart of sleepy Miami Shores, Amaranthine is a neighborhood restaurant worth traveling to.
Why go? Wednesday night is pasta night, when bowls of house-made eggplant lasagna, pillowy gnocchi and stuffed ravioli are all $11. Popping in on another night? Try the pasticcio starter layered with mashed potatoes, skirt steak and a dreamy truffle sauce.
What is it? Celebrity chef Lorena Garcia helms this splashy, Vegas-style restaurant that replaced long-time neighborhood spot Soyka.
Why go? For Latin food with so much flair. CHICA’s gigantic menu moves through South America serving the continent’s greatest hits: Argentine parillada, Mexican tacos, Venezuelan arepas and more.
What is it? The second U.S. outpost of the Hong-Kong–based restaurant serves upscale northern Chinese cuisine.
Why go? Find all your takeout favorites majorly elevated for a well-heeled crowd. Peking duck fans will not be disappointed in this bird—prepared for 24 hours and carved tableside for maximum effect.
What is it? Chefs Justin Flit and Michael Beltran partner on this Italian seafood concept adjacent to Ariete.
Why go? Pasta fiends mourned the end of Proof but Flit hasn’t skipped a beat. Fans of his tender ravioli and toothsome lasagna will be very impressed with the spaghetti with clams and the rigatoni covered in an earthy pesto sauce.
What is it? An all-American diner brought to us by the masterminds behind Greek powerhouse Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Its well-appointed, midcentury-designed space makes your favorite greasy spoon look like a ramshackle restaurant.
Why go? Tuck into home-cooked classics such as the braised heritage pork shoulder, the roasted quarter chicken and tender glazed carrots. Gregory’s might bill itself as a diner but it’s the kind of restaurant you won’t think twice about visiting for a special occasion or a date night.
What is it? Wynwood’s only sports bar also has the distinction of being owned by an award-winning chef and decorated mixologists. So the spot with dozens of TVs throughout doesn’t just promise a good view of the game, it ensures a great food and drink experience while you’re watching.
Why go? It’s easy for groups of friends where not everyone is interested in following the score but still want a cocktail and decent meal while pretending to watch.
What is it? Effortlessly stylish and strewn with thoughtful design elements, this humble, veg-forward restaurant wows in the subtlest of ways.
Why go? A rainbow of classic and modern Mediterranean snacks and dips such as labneh, house-marinated chili feta and beet hummus known as Mama’s Mezze. The homey spread outshines any we’ve ever tried.