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Restaurants, Barbecue Wynwood
5 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Juan Fernando Ayora

KYU was one of a handful of Wynwood restaurants to nab a nomination from the prestigious James Beard Awards. And you won’t even be through your appetizer before you understand why KYU is in the running for Best New Restaurant. The dining room—an airy, minimalist warehouse—fits nicely with Wynwood’s personality. The menu takes Asian concepts and introduces them to the barbecue, and the result is undeniably mouthwatering dishes like the MVPS of the “snacky snacks,” crispy pork belly and crispy crab buns. Main entrees like barbecued octopus, short rib, grouper and duck will make you want to send a thank you card to head chef Michael Lewis.

Time Out tip: Consistently one of the city’s toughest reservations, a seat at KYU’s bar hardly feels like a consolation prize. The cocktail list recently underwent an extensive update, introducing umami-infused drinks and Asian-influenced creations like the Tom TKYU Gai, a warm cocktail take on the classic Thai soup.

Venue name: KYU
Address: 251 NW 25th St
Cross street: NW Second Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Sat Noon–11:30pm; Sun 11am–10:30pm
Transport: Bus 2
Price: $30 and under
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