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10 Hottest New Restaurants in Miami

Trendy newcomers from a Chopped alum (Giorgio Rapicavoli), the much-awaited return of Jeff McInnis, opulent boat-friendly restaurants and an upscale bakery from renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour – just a few of the many, many reasons to get excited about Miami’s dining scene. Here are the 10 hottest new spots in town.

    • New
    • Japanese
    • Doral

    Why it’s hot: This Florida chain made its Miami debut in Doral, giving a big bump to the area’s dining cred. Here, you’ll find a modern a omakase menu, robata fare and a noodle bar, plus an adjacent fish market inspired by Tokyo's Tsukiji Market that serves grab-and-go items.

    Must-Order: Chawanmushi, a traditional Japanese egg custard dish, made with snow crab, steamed egg, nameko, uni, ikura and mizuna.

    Insider tip: With food and drinks starting at $4, the Sunday–Friday happy hour (5–7 PM) will score you some sweet deals.

    5241 Northwest 87th Ave.; 305-222-7447

  • PB Station
    • New
    • American
    • Downtown

    Why it’s hot: The latest from the Pubbelly Boys empire is this New American eatery, which offers playful takes on seafood and meats in a hip, train station-inspired space at the historic Langford hotel in Downtown. 

    Must-Order: Any of the items on the seafood charcuterie menu (think: octopus pepperoni and rock shrimp mortadella).

    Insider tip: Head up to Pawn Broker, the hotel’s rooftop bar, for a nightcap and gorgeous city views, along with cocktails such as the Giggle Water, made from gin, champagne syrup and lavender foam, and served in an actual miniature bathtub.

    121 Southeast 1st St.; 305-420-2205

  • Bachour Bakery + Bistro
    • New
    • Brickell Area

    Why it’s hot: Renowned pastry chef Antonio Bachour hit on something we were missing in Brickell – a chic bakery with artfully presented desserts and pastries, plus inventive and delicious lunch offerings by by chef Henry Hane.

    Must-Order: The spicy salmon tartine, served sashimi-style with grilled nori purée atop homemade bread. The signature mojito cake, with lime mousse, cream and mint, is a must-try for dessert.

    Insider tip: The owners recently partnered with Caviar to offer delivery within the Brickell area.

    600 Brickell Ave.; 305-330-6310

  • Glass and Vine
    • New
    • New American
    • Coconut Grove

    Why it’s hot: This Coconut Grove stunner by Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicavoli became a hot spot immediately, thanks to its modern Floridian-style dishes and open-air setting within Peacock Park.

    Must-Order: Watermelon salad with crema, cotija cheese, toasted corn and cilantro.

    Insider tip: The indoor communal high-top table is a great place to sit with a small group of friends and watch chef Rapicavoli work his magic.

    2820 McFarlane Rd.; 305-200-5268

    • New
    • Caribbean
    • Downtown

    Why it’s hot: In Downtown, celebrated local chef Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile) marries Caribbean cuisine with modern techniques. The charming restaurant is bright, with decor inspired by nature. 

    Must-Order: Root beer–braised pork belly with cherry vanilla foam and micro greens. Dessert is also a highlight here; don't miss the homemade apple pie for two, which comes with cheddar whipped cream.

    Insider tip: There's live music Wednesday–Saturday, including jazz, reggae and a Cuban blues band. And weeknight happy hour runs 3–8 PM.

    200 South Biscayne Blvd.; 305-374-9378

  • The Sarsaparilla Club
    • New
    • American
    • South Beach

    Why it’s hot: American-style dim sum arrives in carts at this South Beach haunt by Top Chef alums Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis. There are seven tempting dim sum offerings, plus large plates like house-fried chicken with green curry, kaffir lime powder and toasted coconut.

    Must-Order: Rock shrimp laska, a Malasyian soup made with coconut turmeric broth, tofu, egg noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro and lime. 

    Insider tip: Sarsaparilla's "all day, all night Sunday brunch" is offered 11:30 AM–10 PM and features dim sum dishes from the dinner menu, plus a few sweet options like a Persian skillet ricotta hotcake and ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls.

    1 18th St.; 305-341-1329

  • KYU
    • New
    • Asian
    • Wynwood

    Why it’s hot: Two Zuma vets joined forces to birth this Asian-inspired restaurant (pictured at top) in Wynwood, which serves grilled meats and sashimi. Adoring fans thank them by keeping the place bustling.

    Must-Order: Soft-shell crab steamed bun.

    Insider tip: Tables are booked three weeks in advance, but the lounge offers the same menu. 

    251 NW 25th St.; 786-577-0150

  • River Yacht Club
    • New
    • Brickell Area

    Why it’s hot: This stunning waterfront restaurant has made an immediate mark on Miami's dining scene. The boater-friendly venue features some of the finest seafood in town, a gorgeous nautical-themed setup and a chic jet-set crowd.

    Must-Order: If you're in the mood for seafood, the salmon tiradito with spicy soy is a crowd-pleaser. Looking for something meatier? Go for the cilantro-marinated pork belly cubes.

    Insider tip: Stop by the adjacent VanDutch rooftop lounge for a post-dinner drink with a view.

    401 Southwest 3rd Ave.; 305-200-5716 

  • Sushi Garage
    • New
    • Japanese
    • Miami Beach

    Why it’s hot: This handsome Japanese spot from the team behind Juvia has been sizzling since the moment it opened – likely due to its prime neighborhood location (Sunset Harbour), superb nigiri (the Hamachi Chili Tosazu is a must), buzzy vibe and killer cocktails.

    Must-Order: Seared sea bass with eggplant pearls and a maple miso glaze.

    Insider tip: The recently launched happy hour features $7 drinks as well as $5 bites every day from 5–7 PM, and again from 11 PM–close.

    1784 West Ave.; 305-763-8355

  • Ariete
    • New American
    • Coconut Grove

    Why it’s hot: The new Coconut Grove joint, owned by former Cypress Room chef Michael Beltran and Jason Odio of Sidebar fame, offers seasonal New American cuisine in a modern farmhouse-inspired space.

    Must-Order: The tuna conserva appetizer, which consists of preserved tuna served with homemade grilled bread and Calabrian chiles. 

    Insider tip: Keep an eye out for the new speakeasy bar rumored to open in the restaurant’s wine cellar downstairs.

    3540 Main Hwy.; 305-640-5862

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