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Miami’s 10 Hottest New Restaurants

By Carissa Chesanek
March 3, 2014

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means? A new season calls for new restaurants, which is exactly what the food scene here in Miami is serving up this spring. Hope you’re feeling hungry, because we’ve collected the 10 hottest newbies the Magic City has to offer.

  • 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

    Why It's Hot: Chicago chef Danny Grant serves up ornate, Contemporary American (with a French twist) plates that are as impressive as the ultrasleek decor.  

    Must Order: Cucumber gazpacho with gin snow ($8) for a starter, then grilled short rib with artichoke ($22) for an entree.

    Insider Tip: Be aware that if there's a private party, you'll have to wait outside behind the "velvet rope" before going in (even with a reservation). 

    1826 Collins Ave.; 305-709-0000

  • Prime Fish

    Why It's Hot: Created by the team that brought us Prime One Twelve, this new upscale fish shack will surely bring in the hottest A-list celebs alongside killer seafood.

    Must Order: Petrossian smoked salmon with caviar ($25) and swordfish schnitzel with fried farm egg and crispy capers ($38).

    Insider Tip: Be sure to get a reservation well in advance to score a table.

    100 Collins Ave.; 305-532-4550

  • Bocce Bar

    Why It's Hot: SUGURCANE raw bar grill's chef Timon Balloo whips up classic Italian cuisine inside a charming rustic scene that comes fully equipped with its own bocce ball court (the first official one in the area).

    Must Order: Creamy polenta with poached egg ($12) along with handmade wide-ribbon pasta in a mushroom ragù ($19).

    Insider Tip: A few dishes have the option of adding shaved truffle for an additional price; it's well-worth it, especially on the two plates mentioned above. 

    3252 NE First Ave.; 786-245-6211

  • Seasalt & Pepper

    Why It's Hot: This waterfront seafood lounge offers a sexy romantic setting with picturesque river views from just about any seat in the house. 

    Must Order: Meli melo of tartare ($29) then Chilean sea bass made with truffle mushroom crust ($42).

    Insider Tip: Call a week (or two) in advance for a reservation, especially if you're looking to dine here on a weekend.

    422 NW North River Dr.; 305-440-4200

  • Michael Mina 74

    Why It's Hot: Well-known chef-restaurateur Michael Mina serves hearty New American dishes inside a super swanky supper club-turned-lounge.

    Must Order: Japanese wagyu shabu-shabu ($28) and smoked Locker 28 beef tenderloin ($40). 

    Insider Tip: The wine list is rather impressive, but for a real treat, tell the waiter you're interested in the tableside whiskey cart.

    4441 Collins Ave.; 305-674-4636

  • Nothing but the Best

    Why It's Hot: With a mantra of offering nothing but the best, this ultraposh venue with a high-end interior and a lush gardenlike patio serves striking French-fusion plates that are as good as they look.

    Must Order: Veal carpaccio with mint pesto ($17) followed by baby scallops served with creamy champagne-infused risotto ($26). 

    Insider Tip: Head here for dinner once the sun goes down and opt to sit outside on the tree-lit terrace.

    2525 SW Third Ave.; 305-858-2525

  • Blackbrick

    Why It's Hot: The guys behind Midtown's Sakaya Kitchen opened this gourmet Chinese space right next door; the new spot has brightly colored decor and solid dim sum.

    Must Order: Peking duck neck crispy skin dim sum ($6), Maine lobster fried rice ($29) and general Tso's Florida gator with wok-braised bok choy ($17).

    Insider Tip: Reservations aren't necessary, and you can usually find plenty of parking either on the street or in the Midtown garage.

    3451 NE First Ave.; 305-573-8886

  • Lorenzo

    Why It's Hot: James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano offers saucy authentic Italian fare inside an intimate setting with a lively South Beach scene.

    Must Order: Nonna's meatballs in spicy tomato sauce ($12), then tagliolini ciro marina made with smoked ricotta salata ($26).

    Insider Tip: This is one of the very few spots in South Beach that actually offers free valet parking.

    1776 Collins Ave.; 786-483-1796

  • R House

    Why It's Hot: Part casual eatery, part art gallery, this new Wynwood space provides the ideal local hangout for the cool artsy types with a diverse palate.   

    Must Order: Sesame shrimp and chicken salad ($12) and mushroom-cinnamon-coriander-rubbed braised lamb shank ($26).

    Insider Tip: Besides the art, the drinks are most impressive; the specialty cocktails are made in-house with infused spirits like ginger vodka and passionfruit rum.

    2727 NW Second Ave.; 305-576-0201

  • Lure Fishbar

    Why It's Hot: Based originally in New York, this prime fish house now has a new South Beach outpost (inside Loews Miami Beach Hotel) with ocean views, a private outdoor cocktail bar and plenty of raw shellfish. 

    Must Order: Start with the deluxe shellfish plateau with oysters, mussels and shrimp ($42), then move onto classic lobster roll with vinegar slaw ($30). 

    Insider Tip: For intimate parties, opt for a private dining room, which comes with its own raw bar and sushi bar. 

    1601 Collins Ave.; 305-695-4550

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