A slice of Catalonia in the heart of Downtown, this tiny wine bar and cafe excels at transforming simple ingredients into deliciously complicated Spanish tapas
When famed Spanish chefs Ferran Adrià and José Andrés were in town together, they dined at NIU Kitchen in downtown Miami. It’s a small eatery where guests can get the closest thing to Catalan cuisine in South Florida. The tapas are downright delicious. Take the Llamàntol for a spin: It’s a layered cake of sorts with fresh Maine lobster, smashed avocado, a runny five-minute egg and trout roe on top. For brunch, we love the Arròs, a hearty portion of baby back ribs served with Catalan rice and spinach (commonly mistaken for paella. If you’re sticking with seafood, the dinner menu has Arròs Caldós, or soupy rice with fish. And no meal here is complete without plenty of pa amb tomàquet, the traditional rustic bread with vine-ripened tomatoes, olive oil and salt.
Time Out tip: NIU is literally a hidden gem surrounded by bodegas and parking lots. If you’re looking for a place to grab a drink before dinner, sister restaurant, Arson (104 NE 2nd Ave), is your best option. Plus, the hours of operation are the same for both.
|Venue name:||NIU Kitchen||Contact:|
134 NE 2nd Ave
|Cross street:||between NE 1st Ave and NE 2nd Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–3:30pm, 6–10pm; Fri noon–3:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat 1–4pm, 6–11pm; Sun 1–4pm, 6–10pm|