Lure Fishbar – MIAMI BEACH
Since opening its doors five years ago, Lure Fishbar South Beach at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel has become a staple for seafoodies. The second and only other location of celebrity chef Josh Capon’s acclaimed New York City outpost, Lure Fishbar is celebrating its anniversary on the beach with an exclusive “From SoHo to SoBe” pop-up menu experience. Through July 31, Miami diners can enjoy a curated selection of signature items from the New York City menu. Appetizers include seafood-forward dishes like Bay Scallop Crudo with jicama, green apple, jalapeño and lime vinaigrette and Lobster Croutons served on toasted sourdough with golden garlic and chilies. Entrées range from a 10-oz. Filet Mignon to a 2-lb. Whole Stuffed Lobster with Dungeness crab filling, garlic chili butter and grilled lemon; and a delicate Pan Roasted Striped Bass. Three signature libations from the New York location’s popular bar are also in the offing, including the SoHo Soto Martini made with Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake, Breckenridge Gin and St-Germain; the vodka-based I’ll Have That; and Journey Into Night made with Bulleit Rye, Carpano Antica Formula and Fernet Branca. Lure Fishbar derives its seafood-centric concept from seasoned New York City restaurateurs John McDonald and Joshua Pickard, along with Capon, who crafted the contemporary menu with Miami in mind. Get thee to the Loews, and bring your appetite.
1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.4550; lurefishbar.com
Myn-Tu – MIAMI BEACH
From Romain Zago, the man we have to thank for Mynt—one of South Beach’s most legendary and successful nightclubs—comes Myn-Tu, an intimate (though enormous) French-Japanese resto-lounge that opened its doors last November as an extension of Mynt. The 2,500-square-foot space features a bar that leads guests from the entrance into a gorgeous 80-seat dining room that in itself is enough reason to draw diners. But there are other attractions, obviously. Executive chef Merryl Villacorta and sushi master Seiya Noborikawa are at the helm in the kitchen, having honed their skills in restaurants such as Nobu, Blue Ribbon and Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Here at Myn-Tu, they combine Japanese and Vietnamese flavors with a French twist, serving up signature dishes such as Asian Tacos with lobster or tuna, yuzu tofu avocado and crispy wonton; Saigon Nems Mynt with rice paper, pork tenderloin, vermicelli noodles, lettuce and mint; and French Orange Duck, a slow-roasted duck with mandarin orange sauce. Myn-Tu’s lively atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for a decadent lively dinner or a late-night tipple—it’s the only restaurant in all of Miami licensed to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. In March, the restaurant launched Tantric, a sultry Monday dinner party invoking the romance of a French cabaret with Miami flair.
1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.216.7790; myn-tu.com
James Beard-nominated chef Brad Kilgore has added another restaurant to his ever-growing Kilgore Culinary Group, opening Ember in Miami Design District at the end of May. The wood-fired American bistro showcases a classic and modern take on wood-fired dishes, smoky meats, homemade pastas and shareable sides (though you might not want to share them). Focusing on dishes not traditionally prepared on a grill, Kilgore, working in harmony with chef de cuisine Nick Graves, has created a menu highlighted by dishes such as a NO.LA Beignet with pimento cheese, hot sauce and ash; Charred Prawn Cocktail with Thaibird cocktail sauce and celery leaf salad; Oven Baked Ravioli with N’duja and buffalo ricotta, Calabrian tomato jam and chive crema; Duck Breast with charred cabbage “kraut” and raisin jus with Indian flavors; Bone-In Short Rib with coffee and black bean salt; a selection of steaks offered classically prepared or “embered” and, for dessert, Grilled Strawberries and Cream, a concoction of grilled angel food cake, black pepper crema and roasted strawberry compote, and Tableside Branded Crème Brulée. Enough said.
151 NE 41st St., Miami; embermiami.com.