For most collectors, dining is as much part of the Art Basel Miami experience as the art. Below are some of the newer places to try, located primarily in the South Beach area, with one old favorite thrown in:
Created by a true culinary master and multiple award-winner, José Andrés, this innovative, newly-opened restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck should be considered at the top of your list. Make your reservation as soon as possible.
The Executive Chef of this new seafood restaurant, with international flavors, is Top Chef winner, Hung Huynh. Good for a group and ideal for sharing dishes.
I admit, I’m curious about this takeout and delivery place with offerings that include stone crab claws, ceviche and seafood tacos. But it has a good pedigree, being co-owned by chef, Samuel Gorenstein, a previous chef at both BLT Fish and BLT Steak and a James Beard award nominee. Its other owner, entrepreneur Roger Duarte is also the founder and president of the largest stone crab home delivery service in the U.S. It’s open from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM on weekends and 11:30 AM to 10 PM on weekdays with a wide delivery area.
A long-standing favorite of gallerist, Andrew Kreps, this restaurant with incredibly fresh seafood is right on the water and accessible via both boat and car. It’s a bit far from the South Beach area but worth it and make sure you have transportation booked both ways.
I’m a big fan of the chef/owner of this new restaurant, Richard Sandoval, and his restaurant in NYC, Raymi, may be one of my favorite Peruvian places to dine. So, I’m looking forward to trying his just opened Pan Latin Steakhouse even though it’s outside the South Beach area.
With a website link of “runchickenrun.com” you first have to, at least, smile. But expect some serious Southern food and what may be the best fried chicken in Miami by another celebrated chef, Jeff McInnis. Also, know it’s a late night place, staying open to midnight during the week and 2 AM on the weekend.
This section appeared in A Collectors Primer: The Insiders Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach on Culinary Insiders.
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