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POSTED December 18, 2014

Cibo Wine Bar

The downright palatial three-story establishment—decked out with hanging lamps and a glass-encased 400-plus wine cellar wall splitting the main room from the brick oven station—is as breathtaking as the selection of wine and beer on draft. The rooftop terrace, with stunning views of the southernmost point of South Beach, just may become your favorite wooing spot. Expect Italian fare with 17-plus styles of pizzas and pastas, and an extensive antipasto menu that includes salumeria boards ($18) and pesce crudos—including a house-made cured Atlantic salmon with blood orange, red peppercorn and fennel ($16).

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POSTED December 11, 2014

The Gang

The Gang brings Asian fusion menu, blending Indian, Korean and Thai techniques in tapas-size, flavor-packed small and carefully crafted dishes. We're digging the spicy, tangy flavors from the Hunan chicken's ($16) sweet vinegar red chili pepper sauce, as well as the crunchy green tea crab ragoons ($8). The grungy-cool casual environment, with white subway tiled walls and industrial lightbulbs, makes you feel a little bit like you're in New York City's East Village.

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POSTED December 4, 2014

Michy's Pop-up

Michelle Bernstein's annual Art Basel Michy's Pop-Up at the Botanical Garden will be catering to the lunch crowds with a sandwich menu, including her namesake favorite, made with Tuscan salami, truffle butter, arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano bookended in a toasted baguette ($12). The reservation-required dinner menu includes dishes like her popular jamon serrano and blue cheese croquetas with fig marmalade ($15) and indulge in braised short ribs with roasted root vegetables, rib jus and shaved chayote salad ($38).

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POSTED November 20, 2014

Brasserie Central

Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central is a 3,000 square feet and 147 seats, the Parisian-style bistro will serve lunch and dinner to shoppers at high-end mall the Village of Merrick Park. The authentic French menu includes plats mijotés ($15 to $26)—slow-cooked stews—including classics like a coq au vin Lyonnais, moules Mariniere and blanquette de veau, a white veal stew with lemon velouté. 

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POSTED November 13, 2014

Siena Tavern

Fabio Viviani's 400-seat outpost of his Chicago Italian eatery Siena Tavern in the former China Grill space is larger than life. Expect dishes such as 12-hour braised osso buco ($42) and squid-ink linguini ($38) from the massive open kitchen, and there's even a pizza-and-crudo bar to fulfill cravings both doughy and raw.

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  • Cibo Wine Bar
  • The Gang
  • Michy's Pop-up
  • Brasserie Central
  • Siena Tavern


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