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Dim Sum at Hakkasan

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Dim Sum at Hakkasan

By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Beach technically stretches from the tip of South Pointe Park and up to 87th Street where it turns into Surfside, just north of the North Shore Open Space Park. We’re zeroing in on Miami’s Mid-Beach, the zone just above South Beach that starts at 23rd Street and extends up to 63rd Street. This area has been steadily heating up for years now as new hotels and restaurants open up boasting some of the hottest reservations in town. To get a taste of the action, read on for our guide to where to dine in Miami’s Mid-Beach area.

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27 Restaurant at Freehand Miami

27 Restaurant & Bar is tucked away in a two-story cottage at the rear of The Freehand Miami hotel and hostel where the popular Broken Shaker cocktail bar is also found. Owners Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta have created a restaurant inspired by Miami and its melting pot of cultures, from Jewish-Israeli shakshuka (an egg skillet dish made with simmering tomatoes) to the South American arepa platter. The atmosphere is homey and eclectic, with knick-knacks lining the walls and communal picnic table seating outside. After dinner, head upstairs to the bar for some of the most creative cocktails in Miami.

    The Forge

    Having been one of the most recognizable and acclaimed restaurants in Miami Beach for decades, The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar continues to attract a well-heeled clientele with a taste for the divine. Owner Shareef Malnik weaves an artistic combination of food, wine, interior design and entertainment into a culinary journey. It’s no wonder The Forge is a popular place to celebrate special occasions. While the menu tends to evolve with the seasons, you’ll always be able to enjoy a perfectly seared filet mignon with The Forge signature spice blend and fresh-from-the-sea options, like Florida stone crab claws and Maine lobster. Pair it all with a vintage blend or Champagne from the restaurant’s world-renowned wine cellar.

      Nobu at Nobu Hotel

      At Nobu Miami, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa takes sushi to the sublime. The chef fuses Japanese and Peruvian fare in a luxurious setting, attracting a bevy of celebrities and jetsetters. And now, true devotees of Nobu can even stay the night. The restaurant is found inside his eponymous hotel created in partnership with Robert DeNiro and designed by David Rockwell. The chef’s signature dish, his black cod in miso, is a traditional Japanese preparation with a touch of sweetness. You can’t go wrong with the rock-shrimp tempura served with a trio of sauces, hamachi with jalapeño and the crispy rice.

        Cecconi's at Soho Beach House

        Tucked away in the shabby chic digs of Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is a lovely Italian eatery set in an outdoor courtyard with sea foam and cream-striped tile floors and trellises crawling with ivy. With cushy seating, rough-hewn wooden beams and twinkling lights floating above, it’s a romantic destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can’t go wrong with items like zucchini blossoms, truffle and goat cheese pizettes, handmade burrata and lamb ragu cavatelli.

          Fontainebleau

          When it comes to dining in Mid-Beach, you can’t overlook the fabulous Fontainebleau. Designed by Miami Modern master Morris Lapidus in 1954, the hotel retains its mid-century glamour with original marble bowtie tile floors and cascading chandeliers by Ai WeiWei in the lobby. It’s a foodie’s dream with a dozen restaurants including three signature crown jewels: Hakkasan, the haute Cantonese London import; Stripsteak by Michael Mina, for other worldy chops; and Scarpetta by Scott Conant, for fine Italian fare. Choose your flavor and make your reservations. You simply can’t go wrong!

            The Jim & Neesie at Generator

            Nestled into the lobby of the Generator, The Jim and Neesie has all the trappings of a hip, local Miami Beach restaurant with pendant lights shaped like wine bottles, tufted blue banquettes and geometric tile floors. Indulge in trendy dishes like the kale salad, cacio e pepe pasta, charred romanesco or an eight-ounce pan-seared filet with truffle jus. There’s also a menu of local beers and cocktails like the Mezcal Paloma that are completely at home in Miami Beach’s tropical climes.

              Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena

              The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is home to a red hot dining scene—literally. Los Fuegos is the first North American outpost by legendary Argentinean chef and asado grill master Francis Mallmann. Cascading in lush red and tiger print, the gold-flecked dining room is all luxury. There’s also a spacious outdoor patio and bar where the chef literally cooks with flames in an open kitchen. The prime rib-eye “a la parilla” is enough to make any carnivore’s wildest dreams come true.

                Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION

                Located inside The Miami Beach EDITION hotel, Matador Room is a concept by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The menu is influenced by Spanish, Caribbean and South American cuisines and set inside a sumptuous sunken dining room with an equally inviting outdoor patio adorned with crawling vines and hanging plants overlooking the swimming pool. Standout dishes on the eclectic menu include sweet pea guacamole, black truffle and fontina cheese pizza, crispy grouper tacos and Maine lobster with smoked chili brown butter. You can also indulge in cocktails at Matador Bar or a more casual dining experience, also by Vongerichten, at Market.

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