The newly opened BLT Steak at the Iberostar Berkeley offers a great solution for those who want to grab and go while Baseling. Chef Carlos Torres will be offering his hot new signature dish – steak tartare tacos – to go! Also available, elote (Mexican corn). Just order with the restaurant hostess right inside the hotel entrance between 8 PM and 11 PM. Tacos are priced at $18; elote $7; or order a combo for $20. BLT Steak Miami is located at the newly opened Iberostar Berkeley Hotel at 1610 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, in addition to in-room dining and the hotel’s rooftop pool deck. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (786) 605-0819. https://bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/miami/.
Chef Jose Mendin of Food Comma Hospitality Group, who just opened Habitat, his latest concept inside Miami Beach’s 1 Hotel South Beach, is gearing up to showcase the restaurant during Art Basel Miami Beach/Miami Art Week. For the star-studded week, Chef Mendin along with Michelin-starred chef de cuisine, Angel Palacios and mixologist Pedro Sanchez will be creating a tantalizing tapas and cocktail menu which will be offered in Habitat’s mezzanine lounge throughout Miami Art Week from 6 PM to midnight. Live music will be available nightly beginning at 9 PM. Also on tap will be Chef Jose Mendin’s beloved Late-Night Ramen series which will be offered from midnight to 2 AM. Habitat is located at 2395 Collins Avenue. Reservations are recommended and are available via Opentable Telephone: (305) 604-6700;
NaiYaRa: Macallan Presents: NaiYaRa x Herbert Galarza
Art aficionados and scene-makers should add another must-visit destination to their Art Basel to-do list: NaiYaRa restaurant and bar on Miami Beach. In celebration of Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach, NaiYaRa will host widely known South American street artist Herbert Galarza. Infamous for his “Graffiti-pop” style, Galarza fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create highly individualized messages about society and culture. During dinner service on Friday, December 8 the restaurant will double as a gallery, exhibiting a number of Galarza’s work. From 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, the artist will be onsite painting live. In full view of the dining room and NaiYaRa’s bustling bar, what better way to take in just a fraction of the amazing art that takes over the 305 every December. Co-sponsored by Macallan scotch, the event will also feature a pop-up shop featuring not just works by the artist, for sale, but also custom-painted bottles of Macallan; timeless, one-of-a-kind remembrances from Basel 2018. Diners and imbibers will also be able to order exclusive, one-night-only Macallan pours. NaiYaRa is located at 1854 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL. Reservations are recommended and are available via Opentable. Telephone: (786) 275-6005; www.naiyara.com
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Art lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike can take in all that Art Basel has to offer at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach. From December 7-10, the Miami Beach landmark will be home to a new collaborative collection from German designer Philipp Plein in the Chateau Lobby. Guests can sip and savor handcrafted cocktails at Bleau Bar, the hotel’s lobby centerpiece, where the tables are the ideal spot to meet, mix and mingle. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140. www.Fontainebleau.com. Telephone: (877) 326-7412.
The Strand Bar & Grill
The Strand Bar & Grill opened its doors November 2017 in a beautiful shorefront setting on Miami Beach. This new dining concept, located at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, delivers a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of carefully considered new American fare infused with innovative touches from Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich, with sweeping ocean views. The menu features an approachable assortment of dishes that highlight South Florida’s organic community, sourcing ingredients from local boutique farms. Standout dishes will include: Stracciatella with black Mission figs, basil and chicory; Sea Scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, pomegranate, Brussels sprouts and black truffle; Kampachi Crudo with asparagus, yuzu, radish and rice crisp; Lamb Trio – lamb loin, belly and merguez sausage, served with smoked yogurt, za’atar, confit tomato and cucumber gremolata; and Squid Ink Tagliatelle with squid, olive, tomato and broccoli crema. The Strand Bar & Grill is located at 6801 Collins Avenue. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Telephone: (305) 514-7474; http://www.thestrandmiami.com/. Reduced valet parking is available for $10. Instagram & Facebook @thestrandmiami
Cantina La Veinte:
Tucked inside the Icon Brickell is culinary gem Cantina La Veinte. Since opening in 2014, the two-story restaurant with views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell Key has continuously taken diners and imbibers on a journey through rarely-explored areas of Mexico. This year, the restaurant will celebrate Art Basel in true Cantina style – by honoring the diversity of Mexican artistry through gastronomy, entertainment and art exhibits. Kicking off the week’s festivities is Spanish actor and artist Jordi Molla, who will display his artwork during an Art Basel themed afternoon from 2PM-6PM on Sunday, December 3, 2017. From Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10, recognized Mexican artists will exhibit their artwork in Cantina’s gorgeous outdoor waterfront patio beginning at 8PM each night. The covered al fresco dining area makes for the perfect spot to sip cocktails and enjoy the ocean breeze while taking in the spectacular views and unique artwork. Tickets are free with Eventbrite registration. Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue at the Icon Brickell. Lunch and dinner are served Monday – Wednesday, noon until midnight; Thursday – Saturday, noon – 1 AM; Sunday, noon – 11 PM. Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 8 PM. Telephone: (786) 623-6136; www.cantinala20.com.
December 8: Arantxa
December 9: Lao Gabrielli
December 10: Neón
Beaker & Gray:
Nestled in the heart of Wynwood, Beaker & Gray is one of Miami’s must-try hot spots serving fun, approachable takes on refined worldly recipes. Chef/Owner Brian Nasajon and Bar Manager/Owner Ben Potts offer Happy Hour featuring a playful lineup of libations and bites, available Monday-Friday from 5PM-7PM. For night owls, Happy Hour returns with a second round – Monday-Thursday from Midnight-2AM. Drink specials include classic $7 craft cocktails, such as the Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Daiquiri, Margarita, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned, as well as $5 beers including Pacifico, 6 Point Crisp, La Rubia Blonde Ale, and All Day IPA. Wine lovers can toast with $6 glasses, including Fini Pinot Grigio, Aveleda Vinho Verde, Requeña Cava and Rio Mendoza Malbec. Light bites ($5) include Cheesy Fries with huancaina and queso fresco and a Garlic Churro with a scallion and sour cream and onion dip. Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, Noon to 4PM; dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 6PM to 1AM, and Friday and Saturday from 6PM to 2AM. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 4PM. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 4PM to 7PM & Monday through Thursday, 11PM to 2AM. Telephone: (305) 699-2637; http://beakerandgray.com/.
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