Papi Steak | 736 1st St.
Already a celeb hot spot, David Grutman’s homage to old Miami-meets-Hollywood glamour keeps guests coming back for the steak. Joining forces with David “Papi” Einhorn, Grutman offers a menu featuring both kosher and non-kosher items, like wagyu pastrami, Maine lobster, chicken schnitzel, latkes, and of course, the namesake Papi Steak (with its secret, dairy-free sauce). From the vibe to the cuisine, it’s Grade A.
Le Jardinier | 151 NE 41st St.
“Eat your veggies” takes on new meaning with this plant-driven restaurant, which, with its verdant decor and 64-seat outdoor patio, makes for a tranquil garden in the heart of Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. The menu — from Michelin-starred chef and Joël Robuchon protégée, Alain Verzeroli — puts vegetables in the starring role, using traditional French techniques to create modern takes on classic dishes. Don’t miss the smoked cranberry beans with octopus, hearts of palm and black quinoa.
Ember | 151 NE 41st St.
Brad Kilgore’s latest Design District venture offers a hip and hearty version of comfort food, centered around wood-fired dishes, smoked meats and shareable sides. With chef de cuisine Nick Graves in the kitchen, guests can expect the unexpected, such as “caviar butter”-topped fried chicken, shrimp and grits with shredded pork and a tableside creme brulee. Cocktails featuring rare-vintage liquors make the art deco atmosphere that much swankier.
Boia De | 5205 NE 2nd Ave.
Boia De loosely means “Oh my!” in the Italian city of Livorno, and fans of the popular La Pollita taco cart’s culinary duo, Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer, will exclaim just that once they taste the creations at his brick-and-mortar in Little Haiti. With just 24 seats and a menu that emphasizes local ingredients, seasonal cocktails (above) and sharing plates of crispy polenta and marinated eggplant, it’s perfect for date night or dinner with close friends.
Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar | 5958 S. Dixie Highway
After cooking together for 15 years, James Beard semifinalists Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth bring their southern Italian-inspired concept to South Miami. Locally sourced ingredients and a host of veg-forward dishes make for a lighter take on Italian cuisine, including the ’Gram-worthy Sunflower Pizza with sun-gold tomatoes, yellow squash and mint-pistachio pesto. Amidst floor-to-ceiling windows or on the outdoor patio, diners can sip house-made spritzes.
Myn-tu | 1905 Collins Ave.
Romain Zago, owner of the iconic Miami Beach nightclub Mynt, brings an exquisite blend of Japanese, Vietnamese and French culture to his new culinary endeavor. Part lounge and part restaurant, the sexy, sophisticated venue boasts an open kitchen where guests can ogle the offerings (like Saigon nems) — and each other. Expect to be impressed by both the presentation and the flavor, whether you order the French orange duck, the wagyu-and-truffle nigiri or the caviar. Some nights, the Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret show keeps the party going until 5 a.m.
Hometown BBQ | 1200 NW 22nd St.
Pitmasters, rejoice: Billy Durney has brought New York’s cult-favorite BBQ to its first spot outside the Big Apple. With the ability to order melt-in-your-mouth brisket and other smoked meats and poultry by the pound, guests best bring appetites as big as the sprawling industrial warehouse space itself. Situated in the Allapattah produce center, with an expansive open kitchen, it’s the perfect backdrop for scarfing down standouts like honey-buttered cornbread and Texas-style queso mac ‘n’ cheese.