We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Miami’s culinary landscape has seen a lot of changes over the years. Whether or not it’s pandemic-related, plenty of brand new concepts are making names for themselves around town. But these places don’t necessarily have to be a serious financial throw down. In fact, there are quite a few amazing new spots that are perfect for an easy lunch or low-key dine with friends. Check some of our current obsessions out:
Miami’s Asian food renaissance is bubbling up hard, and now that this Wynwood ramen & sake bar has joined the ranks, it’s taken on new heights. From the mind of highly-celebrated Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto comes his foray into the world of classic ramen and other noodle and rice dishes. Imagine some of the most comforting Japanese eats with the exceptional touch of one of the most skilled hands in the business.
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Founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone is one of the most celebrated Italian restaurants of the last decade. This marks the fourth CARBONE in MFG’s roster, along with Hong Kong, Las Vegas, and the New York original, which opened in 2012. Taking over the old Upland space in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, this stunning dining experience seduces every one of the senses from the moment you set foot in the decadent yet earthy hall.
“You don’t have to be a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, or any other type-of-tarian to know an exceptional dining experience when you have one. It’s our belief that everyone deserves to be taken care of every now and again. One need look no further than Minty Z for a unique, healthy, and delicious dining experience.” What was once a farmer’s market favorite is now an intimate brick & mortar in a welcoming alcove along a busy Coconut Grove street. Expect all your favorite dim sum flavors with a serious surprise: it’s all vegan.
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James Beard nominee Chef Nicole Ponseca has brought her wildly popular, NYC restaurant Jeepney to Wynwood’s Asian food hall, 1-800 Lucky. After debuting two groundbreaking concepts in New York, the renowned restaurateur and author is ready to expand her Filipino empire.The Jeepney Miami Pop-up focuses on a curated menu featuring Filipino BBQ skewers, sizzling Sisig, and Pancit noodles. Along with Jeepney BBQ, dig into Philippine pastries like Bibingka, Ensaymada, and Halo Halo, the famous shaved ice loved by Anthony Bourdain and written about extensively for its festive colors and use of ube ice cream.
Wayku is a gastronomic experience of Latin fusion rooted in Andean culture and nomadic-inspired cuisine by Chef Matteo Gritti. The 2,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar is inspired by the Andean mountain range, the crossroads of the Americas and the heart of a continent, where the earth meets the sky. Even though the whole dining experience is out of this world, the menu at Wayku is approachable and fuses traditional Latin American cuisine with flavors from around the globe.
Translated from the Japanese word “house,” Uchi is one of the best known and most popular sushi restaurants across the country. Executive Chef and owner Chef Tyson Cole started the first Uchi restaurant in a refurbished South Austin bungalow in 2003. Since then, his signature, non-traditional approach to Japanese cuisine has been credited with elevating the city’s culinary identity and expanding the profile and ubiquity of sushi nationally. The new spot opened just last month and it’s already become one of the most highly sought after seatings in town.
It’s hard not to fall in love with every one of Kush Hospitality’s eateries around town–Lokal being a serious go-to for those of us in the Grove and Gables area. Their newest concept, a Euro-style Miami bistro, fuses the comforting we love from their repertoire with an elevated menu perfect for the MiMo neighborhood. Recently opened inside the Gold Dust Motel, Miami’s first official Selina property, this charming spot along the water is a great new addition to our roster of beloved go-tos.
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Cover photo courtesy of Wayku.