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5 New Restaurants To Try Out

By Germaine Benson

05.16.17

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Spring is here and the hits just keep on coming. Check out the menus at any of these five new hot spots.
The pork flatbread is one of many Cuban dishes on the menu at Estefan Kitchen.
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Cuban Corner
The Miami Design District is getting a taste of fine Cuban cuisine with Estefan Kitchen, helmed by Miami’s music royals Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Diners can expect bold Cuban flavors, live entertainment, and even performing servers and bartenders. As for what to order? The paella for two ($70) takes 30 minutes to prepare, but that saffron rice with lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, calamari, roasted red peppers and sweet plantains is definitely worth the wait. 140 NE 39th St., Miami, 786.843.3880, estefankitchen.com

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French Quarter
The world-renowned La Petite Maison finally has a U.S. outpost and it happens to be right here on Brickell. Based on the original in Nice, France, and later incarnations in London and Dubai, this establishment is revered for its French-Mediterranean cuisine. With chic interiors and a lovely patio, this gem is bound to become a neighborhood favorite. The menu covers all the French classics, but the whole roasted chicken with foie gras (market price), which must be ordered 24 hours in advance is the sure winner. 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305.403.9133, lpmlondon.co.uk/miami

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Greek Feast
The long-awaited Kiki on the River is finally bringing fresh Mediterranean fare and gondola rides to the Magic City. The new riverfront eatery offers a modern spin on old world traditional Greek cuisine with fresh seafood choices and mezze starters. The Greek-style ceviche made with grouper, calamari and octopus is the ideal way to start any meal. Plus, guests can reserve private gondola rides on the Miami River to make the experience even more memorable. 450 N.W. North River Drive, Miami, 786.502.3243, kikiontheriver.com

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Spanish Flair
Brought to Miami by Enrique Iglesias, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol together with Abel Matutes Prats and Manuel Campos Guallar, Tatel is all about authentic flavors from Spain. That means a menu with dishes like sea bass ceviche, cheese croquetas and lots and lots of jamon Iberico. For a memorable cocktail, try the Verano de Tatel ($12), made with Belvedere vodka, lemonata, mixed berries, citrus fruits and Ribera del Duero red wine. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, 1669 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.0523, tatelrestaurants.com

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Waterfront Wonder
While Yaku by La Mar is not exactly a full-fledged restaurant, but rather more of an outdoor lounge, it is the ideal spot for great cocktails, light Peruvian bites and killer views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell. From Thursday through Saturday nights, guests can forget their work troubles here with one or two rounds of the Yaku Punch, made with Bacardi rum, mango puree, lime juice and chicha morada. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305.913.8358, mandarinoriental.com/miami/fine-dining/yaku-by-la-mar