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BTW the bay club (bar next to lucali) now serves 11 inch pies. You have to go to the bar to get them Lucali only serves 20 inch pies. The bar only has pepperoni and plain pizzas though. The 11 inch pie is just as good as the 20 inch.

Il Gabbiano vs Prime 112


Miami - Financial District

Edge Steak Bar, Db Bistro, River Oyster Bar, Il Gabbiano

A month in MIA

Do you know around where in Miami Beach your apartment is? Is it North or south of 30th st?

date spots in miami?

Casa has not changed and is still a top place to take a date you want to impress for the first time as long as they are not as into food as most of us are.

date spots in miami?

Drunken Dragon's food is not as good as 27, plus it is Korean/asian fusion which I think Lau in particular should avoid (he's had much better), and finally it is hip but is crowded and pretty loud. Very nice space though.

date spots in miami?

He is from NYC, so I would nix Lucali in this case.

date spots in miami?

Not sure he is looking for fancy. I agree on Cypress Room but it lacks the cool factor that 27 has in spades. I think Cool and Cozy is what he is looking for. Lau, if I am wrong, let me know. 27 also has the advantage of being one of the best places to get a drink in Miami (there and the broken shaker next door).

MM74 is a good spot too but I would do Casa Tua over it in this case even though the food at MM74 is superior. It is tough to beat the ambiance at Casa Tua, especially given what I understand of the parameters.

Edit - If dark is more of a priority than cool, Frod's recs are better than mine. Though I do think Casa Tua would be the most romantic overall.

Quality Meats is in NYC where Lau lives, and frankly, despite the recent herald review, I felt it was pretty much like many other good steak houses that litter Miami. They did a very nice job on the interior though, but it is not cozy - it is cool.

date spots in miami?

I think 27 is your best bet because Vagaband is cool but not intimate.

If you want to overspend you can do casa tua - I have not been in years but I understand food is still good but very overpriced, and it has the ambiance you are looking for.

Another place I have not eaten in almost a decade is Romeo's café, which is dark and intimate but not as cool as 27 or Casa Tua.


I did it and enjoyed it. It is not as refined as their usual fare and the portions are larger. I believe the price applies to kids as well though.

date spots in miami?

Hi Lau. I'm a big fan. I've been following your posts for years. Welcome to Miami. Don't eat Asian food here unless you are going to NAOE.

27 Restaurant is on the beach and is a great place to bring a date.

Vagabond - which is not in Wynwood or Miami beach, but is a great place to bring a date and is an easy drive from either wynwood or Miami Beach.

I am sure I can come up with others if you give me more parameters.


I am going to Spinal Tap this and say I would eat at Macchialina 11x before Gabbiano. Macchialina's pasta and polenta are works of art. Gabbiano's are not.

Yardbird highs and lows

I would rather go to Tongue and Cheek over Billy's any day. Joe's is another story. I do think T&C's fried chicken is best in town and they have a killer burger/sliders. However, if it is stone crabs you are craving, it is hard to beat Joes'.

Yardbird highs and lows

Thanks for the report. You should really try the fried chicken at Tongue and Cheek or the Dutch (you should check with the Dutch first though - not always on the menu for dinner and they have a sandwich for lunch I never tried).

Short Miami Beach Weekend Recs?

If you want to spend money head to Bazaar. It is very close to you and has a swanky scene. I think you will like pubbelly for a more moderate pricing option. Both have interesting food and are very good.

3 nights in Miami

In that case, Cleo should work for you, and I would add Drunken Dragon, which has inferior food to Pubbelly (it is still good) but is much more hip.

Drunken dragon is a good place to get drinks, you can also do Juvia, Segafredo, Bodega, the Gale and the Broken Shaker. There are lots of others as well, but that should get you started.

3 nights in Miami

I have been to Cleo and it is good but is not as trendy as the places I mentioned. It is cheaper though but not better food than my recs, particularly Bazaar which is quite a bit better than my other recs.

To the OP. I chose my recs based on giving you, at minimum, a good meal at a trendy place, within close walking distance to your hotel. It seems like you come from outside NYC so I am not sure if it really matters that quality and lure are NYC restaurants. Does it?

How close do you want to be to your hotel? The wider the radius, the better I can target my recs. Also, are you willing to sacrifice scene for food?

If you want to do Juvia, have drinks only and soak in the view and scene.

3 nights in Miami

Bazaar, Lure and Quality Meats (haven't been to quality meats yet but heard good things. I am going very soon and will update if not good).

Hip Non-Steak Centric Birthday Dinner (<$100 pp)

In sobe, Matador and 27 which CF mentioned are both hip new places that fit in your budget.

Hip Non-Steak Centric Birthday Dinner (<$100 pp)

Please say what city you want to eat in so we can better help.

Birthday breakfast + dinner in Miami - not to far from South Beach

No problem. I understand your sentiment. South Beach has lots of tourist traps too.

By the way both places have excellent Fried Chicken. I think Tongue and Cheek's might be best in town though. I believe the Dutch has Fried chicken on the menu now (they only serve it periodically, as they rotate their menu options).

Birthday breakfast + dinner in Miami - not to far from South Beach

I would do Mignonette over River Oyster but both are good choices. Mignonette is better though.

South Beach has some great restaurants btw. Two of which I recommended to you. There are many more.

Birthday breakfast + dinner in Miami - not to far from South Beach

I would do either the Dutch or Tongue and Cheek for breakfast/brunch on Saturday. Though breakfast is kind of pricey at the Dutch.

A good plan would be doing brunch at Tongue and Cheek and Dinner at the Dutch.

Should this vacationer from SF bother with Tropical Chinese?

Don't bother with tropical. I have never been to Moleria.

Long weekend in Miami Beach coming up


You might also want to try Jugofresh south of 5th (I understand they have a sit down place there...).

Need a rec near the New World Center

Oolite is the best restaurant on the list I gave...

Need a rec near the New World Center

No particular order:
El Chalan
Restaurant Michael Schwartz

If you are not picky about seating (as in no tables - you sit on a bench and put your food on a stool in front of you) you may want to give Taquiza a shot. Their tacos are excellent.

Seeking restaurant near the Adrienne Arsht Center

I don't know if they are still doing it but you might want to check with Macchialina. They had been doing a late night menu until 2 am.

Who Is Your Favorite Miami Food Blogger

I am pretty much use Frod's blog as a jumping point to all the other blogs I read. He has a good feed on the right side of his blog.

South Beach with kids?

I actually think the Dutch is a better move. You can get simple food there (they even have fried chicken now), it is really good, and they have plenty of outdoor seating for the kids so they will not be bored, and is walking distance.