Best Restaurants In Wynwood

1-800-LUCKY

1-800-LUCKY

Alter

Alter

Beaker & Gray

Beaker & Gray

kyu

KYU

The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Wynwood, Miami’s arts neighborhood, has swiftly transformed into one of the city’s hottest dining destinations. From James Beard Award nominated chefs to hip taquerias and an Asian food hall, there’s something for every taste in this mural-splashed neighborhood. Read on for a guide to Wynwood’s very best restaurants.

KYU

A James Beard Award Best New Restaurant semifinalist and Time magazine’s best restaurant in Florida, KYU has swiftly become one of the hottest reservations in town. With a vertical garden exterior wall and a chic, minimalist industrial interior, the scene is buzzy and sophisticated from lunch to happy hour and dinner. Serving a diverse menu of beautifully executed pan-Asian, wood-fired cuisine inspired by chef Michael Lewis’ world travels, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to order one of everything. A few recommendations: cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter-white miso, wagyu beef brisket… We could keep going, but you get the idea, right?

Alter

Bradley Kilgore is one of Miami’s top culinary stars. His sophisticated Wynwood eatery Alter specializes in artful, chef-driven tasting menus. The James Beard Award nominee’s daring dishes change seasonally and include items like snapper sashimi with feta, labneh, cucumber, kaffir lime and chili vinegar, as well as duck breast cured with sake and grilled over pinecones. It’s a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that should be on the top of every serious foodie’s list. The adjacent Bar Alter is a stylish and laidback venue for cocktails made with the same level of precision and creativity as Kilgore’s dishes. It boasts a bar menu that includes a “krispy” chicken sandwich and umami balls made of fried brioche.

1-800-LUCKY

1-800-LUCKY is a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Asian food hall, slinging bao buns and dim sum, along with craft cocktails, until the wee hours every night. It draws a hip crowd craving late night DJ beats in the courtyard with a side of sushi or poke bowl. With a hip industrial design and neon lighting, it also boasts a convenience store and record shop. Don’t leave until you’ve sampled the matcha ice cream served inside a fish-shaped cake cone topped with unicorn ears and horn from Taiyaki NYC—and snap an Instagram while you’re at it.

Coyo Taco

For a casual bite in Wynwood, pop into Coyo Taco, serving up a wide variety of tacos, ranging from grilled chicken to angus steak, charred octopus and crispy duck. It’s a great spot from lunchtime to late night. It usually draws a crowd, so don’t be surprised if there’s a line around the corner. And for those looking to party, there’s a hidden speakeasy-style club accessed through an unassuming door at the back of the restaurant. Now you know.

Beaker & Gray

Under the guidance of executive chef Brian Nasajon and bar manager Ben Potts, Beaker & Gray is a Wynwood hotspot serving up dishes made with seasonal, sustainable ingredients. As a result, their menu of small plates is packed with flavor. Not-to-be-missed items include cheeseburger croquettes with aji amarillo, cobia with Thai coconut and enoki mushrooms, and bay scallops with chorizo and Israeli couscous. Cocktails are equally creative with fresh ingredients including watermelon, cardamom whipped cream and house-made blackberry-sage shrub.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is arguably responsible for putting Wynwood on the map when it opened back in 2009. Founded by developer, the late Tony Goldman, the restaurant is adjacent to Wynwood Walls, his outdoor museum dedicated to street art. The complex draws thousands of visitors everyday perusing the latest works by an international cadre of mural artists. Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is an original collaborator and also designed the interiors of the restaurant. Here, you can dine inside or on a patio overlooking the Walls and indulge in pan-Latin small plates ranging from empanadas to taqueños, as well as creative craft cocktails.

Joey’s Italian Café

Joey’s is a stylish, yet casual Italian eatery under the Goldman Properties umbrella. Named for and founded by Tony Goldman’s son Joey, the restaurant serves an incredible array of pizza and pasta inside an inviting dining room with a back patio and courtyard. You can’t go wrong with the spaghetti alle vongole made with Middle Neck clams, olive oil, garlic and white wine sauce. When it comes to pizza, the Joey is made with Portobello mushrooms, shallots and oregano. They also feature an excellent wine list.

Salty Donut

What started as a pop-up food truck on a vacant lot in Wynwood has turned into a brick and mortar shop with a cult following. The Salty Donut’s menu is filled with beautiful, handmade, creative temptations and limited edition donuts like the Guava and Cheese or the Pumpkin Pavlova. You can’t go wrong with the traditional glazed buttermilk donut made with 24-hour brioche. It never disappoints.

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