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Stacey Rene Russell | Photo: Courtesy Image | October 9, 2013
We’re well into fall and you know what that means! New restaurants to check out, of course. Here are five new ones to consider. Call... reserve... eat!
As its name suggests, The District is in, well, the Miami Design District, but its menu goes way beyond the Magic City. Owner Alexander Ringleb has brought the best of North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean to the 305 with a menu created by Chef Horacio Rivadero, Food and Wine magazine’s 2012 Best New Chef for the Gulf Region, that makes the most out the cuisine of the aforementioned regions. MUST ORDER: The grilled pork belly and the lobster malanga tacos. 190 NE 46th St., Miami, 305.573.4199, thedistrictmiami.com
A Passage to India
Attention, Indian cuisine lovers: The Ritz never does things halfway, and at this pop-up restaurant (through Nov. 3) at the hotel’s Coconut Grove location, chef Ramesh Kaduru is making the cuisine of his native Chennai proud with a fabulous showcase of dishes that go way beyond curry—all amid splendid decor out of a Bollywood production. MUST ORDER: The masala shrimp and the chicken tikka masala kabobs. 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.644.4680, ritzcarlton.com/coconutgrove
As the daughter of two restaurateurs, Yasmine Kotb knows the industry well. Guided by a love for everything delicious, she has opened this Upper East Side eatery where Mediterranean chic meets mom-and-pop haunt. We mean that literally—Kotb’s mother oversees the kitchen. MUST ORDER: The Greek noodle bowl and the osso buco. 749 NE 79th St., Miami, 786.391.0300, minasmiami.com
After leaving Palme d’Or at The Biltmore back in 2011, chef Philippe Ruiz mentioned he had some cooking rethinking to do. Two years later, he’s back in the kitchen at Lippi, where the share-and-share-alike menu includes ceviches, crudos, caviar service, Wagyu steaks and so much more. Presentation here is above par, all set against a New Orleans-style decor that recalls the Big Easy’s grand old hotels—albeit with modernist touches. Plus: 350 wine selections. MUST ORDER: The black cod or the octopus causa. 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.579.1888, lippirestaurants.com
Lincoln Road regulars know that Spris pizzas are some of the best on the strip—with the Zagat endorsements to prove it. Now the owners of the South Beach favorite have brought a sister pizzeria downtown. The menu is just as you remember with salads, paninis and more than 30 thin-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning brick oven. Be sure to arrive early: the place only seats 40. MUST ORDER: The Terra e Mare pie with tomato sauce, mozzarella, shrimp, Portobello mushrooms and imported prosciutto. 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.400.6667, sprispizza.com