The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek | June 17, 2015 By Carissa Chesanek  |  June 17, 2015

From candy shacks serving monster sundaes to charming eateries offering exotic lamb, Miami has many new restaurants hitting the dining scene. Here are 10 of the hottest newbies causing the most buzz.

  • Byblos Miami

    Why It's Hot: Middleterranean cuisine gains traction with the arrival of this eye-catching eatery, an offshoot of the Toronto original set in the Shorecrest tower of The Royal Palm South Beach Hotel offering unique takes on Levantine meze and exotically spiced lamb, duck, fish and vegetable dishes, plus spirit-spiked tea service delivered via trolley. The yellow-and-blue-colored space is just as transporting, with high ceilings, fabric-wrapped panels and a patio complete with terrazzo tile floors.
    Must-Order: Yogurt baked fluke with toasted bread crumbs and walnuts.
    Insider Tip: Head to the downstairs bar after dinner for a nightcap.
    1545 Collins Ave.; 305-604-5700

  • Sugar Factory Miami Beach

    Why It's Hot: Set inside the Hotel Victor, this multitasker sports a spacious dining room serving American fare, two patios overlooking Ocean Drive and a retail shop selling treats like celebrity-themed Couture Pops and bulk candy. The comfort-food menu goes from sweet to savory, including red-velvet pancakes, Nutella crêpes, burgers and fish tacos, accompanied by confection-inspired cocktails and chocolate martinis and outrageous desserts such as fondues, sundaes and milkshakes.
    Must-Order: Jalapeno burger paired with chocolate cookie jar milkshake. 
    Insider Tip: The 24-scoop King Kong sundae is ideal for a birthday party (kids and adults).
    1144 Ocean Dr.; 305-535-3500

  • Alter

    Why It's Hot: Set in a former warehouse in Wynwood, this intimate, informal New American haunt from chef/co-owner Brad Kilgore (ex J&G Grill) showcases locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in creative, globally influenced plates backed by a carefully curated wine list. The industrial space includes a small chef’s table facing an open kitchen, plus an organic garden, but its overall spare aesthetic keeps the focus on the cooking.
    Must-Order: Blue crab with Peruvian aji chile.
    Insider Tip: There's plan for a bar-equipped outdoor patio in the coming months.
    223 NW 23rd St.; 305-573-5996

  • CORSAIR by Scott Conant

    Why It's Hot: The eponymous chef and TV personality brings his take on American and Mediterranean farmhouse cooking to Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Miami, using local, seasonal Florida ingredients to prepare dishes like polenta waffles, an egg-topped porchetta sandwich and tableside fish dishes, accompanied by aged cocktails and classic sippables like the Arnold Palmer. The airy, multifaceted space boasts rustic accents, blue-and-white tiled floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Miller Golf Course.​
    Must-Order: Short-rib lasagna​ with fresh shaved black truffles .
    Insider Tip:
    19999 W Country Club Dr.; 786-279-6800

  • Beachcraft

    Why It's Hot: Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio puts a Mediterranean spin on his signature American farm-to-table fare at this chic beachside grill inside the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, serving fresh catch with salads, pastas and pizzas. In keeping with the ethos of the property, the nature-inspired decor features neutral tones, stone accents and grass exterior trim, plus an open kitchen and a second-floor mezzanine with an additional bar and covered patio.
    Must-Order: Fava bean flatbread with ricotta​ and fried egg.
    Insider Tip: It's currently open just for weekday breakfast and weekend lunch, with dinner starting soon​.
    2341 Collins Ave.; 305-604-6700

  • Cena by Michy

    Why It's Hot: Michelle Bernstein's iconic restaurant Michy's returns to its original Upper East Side address with a revamped name and menu, offering a host of eclectic shareable small plates, including heaps of seasonal vegetables, plus entrees like short ribs and snapper. The renovated digs have a rustic feel, enhanced by chrome chandeliers, exposed-wood beams, and a fresh focal point: a glass-back bar that overlooks the street, serving craft cocktails and a Euro-focused wine list.​
    Must-Order: Porchetta with braised peaches and sweetbread tacos.
    Insider Tip: The new glass-back bar overlooking the street is the perfect mingling spot. 
    6927 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-759-2001

  • Seagrape

    Why It's Hot: At this sprawling brasserie inside the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel, celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein presents a Florida and Caribbean–inspired menu of small and large plates, including uni toast, snapper in sofrito broth and Wagyu beef, made with locally sourced ingredients. The chic setting mixes a classy 1950s-style design with a relaxed bohemian feel, featuring terrazzo floors, tropical prints and a green marble horseshoe-shaped bar.​ 
    Insider Tip: Head to the hotel's outside bar 1930's House for after-dinner drinks.
    4041 Collins Ave.; 786-605-1043

  • Quality Meats

    Why It's Hot: The NYC chophouse staple unveils its first outpost at the Bancroft Hotel in South Beach, with chef Patrick Rebholz (ex Peninsula Grill, Charleston) at the helm presenting shellfish plateaus, suckling pig and tuna au poivre, plus simply prepared steaks and classic sides and a creative cocktail list. The space, reimagined by design avatars AvroKO, retains its art deco feel and features a check-in counter repurposed as a butcher counter, serving house-smoked and -cured meats.​
    Must-Order: Seared three filets — prepared as Oscar, au poivre and Wellington (pictured). ​
    Insider Tip: While the meat doesn't need it, the housemade steak sauce made tableside is a solid bonus. 
    1501 Collins Ave.; 305-340-3333

  • Matador Room

    Why It's Hot: Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings Latin cuisine to this handsome eatery in Ian Schrager's Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, drawing on Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors for his seasonal menu of small and large plates matched with classic cocktails. The oval dining room gives a nod to the property's past (formerly the Seville Hotel), while the bar overlooking the pool deck features Lucien Clerque’s Matador series of photos on black walnut-clad walls.​
    Must-Order: Organic mushroom tacos and roasted red snapper.
    Insider Tip: Park it outside on the gorgeous terrace overlooking the hotel's pool.
    2901 Collins Ave.; 786-257-4600

  • STK Miami

    Why It's Hot: Set inside the 1 Hotel & Homes (recently transformed from the Gansevoort Hotel), the ultrachic chophouse resurfaces, showing off a shiny all-dark interior with soft lighting and tusklike ceiling fixtures, plus a DJ lounge displaying white leather banquettes and rosewood tables. Signature slabs of beef and sauces are served along with entrees like seared tuna and short ribs, plus sides including jalapeño cheese grits and corn pudding.​
    Must-Order: Jumbo lump crab salad and bone-in rib steak.
    Insider Tip: The large central lounge decked out in crocodile tiles is the perfect post-dinner mingling scene. 
    2311 Collins Ave.; 305-604-6988

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