Top Dining Picks for Art Basel Miami via MIABites

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Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week November 29- December 4th welcomes over 75,000 art enthusiasts from around the world for a week of huge tented shows like Untitled, PULSE, Art Miami and Spectrum, gallery and museum shows and private and intimate art shows at private homes.  But, Miami also offers an amazing array of dining and late night options, some of which were highlighted in this past weekends, New York Times “36 Hours in Miami”( insert NYT link? ).  

If you are headed to Miami for Art Basel, here are MIAbites Top picks.

Dinner reservations are necessary and should be made in advance if possible. 

All of the Miami Beach hotels have top restaurants and prices to match.  Jose Andres The Bazaar and Katsuya at the SLS South Beach, Scarpetta, Michael Mina and Hakkasan at The Fontainebleau , The Dutch and Mr. Chow at The W South Beach, Pao by Paul Qui and Frances Mallman’s Los Fuegos at Faena and The Matador Room at the EDITION are all popular and top picks where chances are you will have both a delicious and expensive meal.  Here are a specific few of our favorite restaurants on and off “the beach”.

Miami Beach:

Byblos- Persian and Turkish cuisine in a beautiful 2-floor restaurant in the Art Deco Shorecrest Hotel TIP: Request to sit upstairs in the Mezze bar and order Manti dumplings and Pide. 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 508 5041

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster– Creative Chef Jamie DeRosa’s New England casual seafood restaurant and bar. TIP:  Warm buttery lobster roll on toasted bun has been named one of top lobster rolls in the US by EATER. 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 704 2900

Joe's Stone Crab- a Miami institution with tuxedo clad waiters. Stone Crabs , cole slaw and key lime pie are signature dishes TIP: Best Fried Chicken and a steal. Also, Joe’s Takeaway next door is more casual with table seating or take out. 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673 0365.

Macchialina- Italian food off the main drag, James Beard semi-finalist, Michael Pirolo cooks up rustic Italian food. 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL  33139 305 534-2124

Matador Room at Ian Schrager’s EDITION Hotel- Jean Georges helms this Latin inspired restaurant in the renovated former deco classic Seville Hotel in MidBeach area. Gorgeous indoor and outdoor seating. TIP: Cool hotel also boasts casual dining at The Market in addition to a bowling alley, ice skating rink and hot nightclub, Basement. The EDITION  2901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33140  786 257 4500

NaiYaRa-  Chef Bee’s new hotspot in Sunset Harbor has authentic but understandable Thai cuisine in a bustling and hip restaurant.  TIP:  Order signature Killer Bee cocktail and specialties like Thai Beef Jerky, Crispy Bok Choy and Duck curry. Awesome Happy Hour specials as well.1854 Bay Road. Miami Beach FL.  33139 786 275 6005 

Prime 112 and Prime Italian- Popular spots that dominate the SoFi area of 1st St and Ocean Drive. Prime 112 offers steak and sides galore, Prime Italian has huge portions of red sauce heavy dishes. TIP: Even with a reservation, be prepared to wait up to an hour for table.  Grab a martini with blue cheese stuffed olives and settle in for some awesome people watching. 112 Ocean Dr.  Miami Beach, FL 33139

305 532 8112

Scarpetta – New York transplant Italian from Scott Conant at The Fontainebleau. TIP: Signature Creamy polenta with truffled mushroom starter is large enough to share…or not.  4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674 4660

Off the Beach: Wynwood, Midtown, Design District and Downtown

Alter- Innovative and creative cuisine with the distinction of being semi-finalist for a James Beard Award as best New Restaurant and Best New Chef, Bradley Kilgore. Multiple accolades including One of Best New Chefs 2016 by Food & Wine magazine. TIP:  Order the signature Soft Egg with Sea Scallop espuma, Gruyere and truffle pearls. Splurge to top with Osetra caviar. 223 NW 23rd Ave. Miami FL 33127 305 573  5996

Cake Thai- This is the newest addition to the hot Wynwood food scene and is due to open in November and features the flavorful Thai cuisine of Chef Phuket Thongsodchaveondee aka Cake.  180 NW 29th St. Miami, FL . 33127 786 534 7906

Cypress Tavern and Michael’s Genuine- Different concepts, but both delicious options in the Design District by James Beard winning chef, Michael Schwartz. Michael’s is smack in the middle of the luxury shopping and more casual in feel, while Cypress offers a speakeasy ambiance and is a stone’s throw from Midtown. Cypress Tavern  3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137305 520 5197  Michael’s Genuine  130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 305 573 5550

Edge Steak and Grill- Aussie chef, Aaron Brooks helms this elegant restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel on Brickell. Steaks reign supreme, but fresh fish and a popular Happy Hour with $1 oysters is a sure bet. TIP: Grab a seat outside by the firepits for a casual cocktail.  1435 Brickell Ave. Miami FL. 33130 305 381 3190

Fi’lia Restaurant- Newest hot spot at SLS Brickell features not so classic Italian in a Philip Starck designed restaurant from James Beard Chef, Michael Schwartz. TIP:  Make sure to order the tableside Caesar salad with grilled croutons and ask for extra anchovies ( if you like them)

Makoto- In addition to designer shopping, The Bal Harbour Shoppes offer the talents of Chef Okuma Makoto at his namesake restaurant, Makoto. TIP: Fresh sushi and fish and order the crispy Brussels sprouts for a sweet and spicy side or appetizer.  Makoto 9700 Collins Ave. Bal Harbour FL.  33154 305 864 8600 

MC Kitchen- Chef Dena Marino helms this upscale and modern Italian restaurant in the tony Design District with fresh pasta and creative dishes. TIP: Anything with truffles is not to be missed including the Fig and Truffle pizza as an appetizer. 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137  305 456 9948

SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – Chef Timon Balloo 3 kitchen concept offers raw bar, grill and small plates. TIP:  Bacon Wrapped Dates are a must dish to order. 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL  33137  786 369 0353.

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