7 New(ish) Miami Restaurants We’re Loving Right Now
We’ll be honest: We can hardly keep track of all the new restaurants in Miami. Because it would be almost impossible to dine at them all, we’ve narrowed down the recent additions to our absolute favorites—the ones you seriously need to hit up, pronto. From bagels to cocktails, these are the best new(ish) restaurants in South Florida.
There’s a new spot in Miami Beach that’s totally worth dodging tourists for: Gitano. This Tulum import brings chic Mexican vacation vibes to South Beach, offering a killer menu of small bites, tropical cocktails and a jungle-inspired rooftop bar. The multilevel space encourages diners to spend an entire evening—and with all there is to enjoy, it’s pretty easy to do. Begin with an order of guac and a couple of tostadas inside the first-level dining area. Then make your way upstairs for music, dancing and a few fancy cocktails.
3500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8800 or grupogitano.com/miami
2. El Bagel
This food truck has finally found a permanent parking spot: El Bagel’s brick-and-mortar is now open, stocked with just-made, chewy fresh bagels crammed with everything from smoked salmon to runny eggs to thick schmears—or, you know, all of the above. Lines are just as long as when El Bagel’s food truck would pop up across town, so come prepared to wait a while. But trust us, it’ll be worth it.
6910 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; elbagel.miami
3. Punch Bowl Social
Don’t write off Punch Bowl Social simply because it’s a large-scale chain. This part bar, part entertainment hub is a sensory overload of sorts—in the best possible way. Dubbed an “experiential lifestyle” chain, Punch Bowl’s Wynwood location includes 25,000 square feet of bowling, darts, Ping-Pong, giant Jenga, karaoke and arcade games intermixed with a menu of elevated bar bites and cocktails. (Think green chorizo fries, cauliflower nachos and strawberry daiquiris.)
2660 NW Third Ave., Miami; 786-796-5242 or punchbowlsocial.com
4. Balloo Restaurant
You know Timon Balloo as the knockout chef behind Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Now he’s back with a brand-new concept, Balloo Restaurant. It’s much smaller (fewer than two dozen seats) and semi-hidden (inside the Ingraham Building in downtown Miami). Think of Balloo as something more intimate and heartfelt than Sugarcane, serving as an ode to the chef’s Chinese, Indian and Trinidadian roots and the home cooking he grew up with.
19 SE Second Ave., Miami; 786-534-2768 or balloorestaurant.com
Miami is in the midst of a rooftop revolution, with a bounty of new spots to check out. One of our favorites is Terras, a tropical space in Little Havana with unparalleled views of the downtown skyline. Besides the gorgeous location, Terras offers a roster of veggie-forward urban street food from Latin America. (Yes, it’s seriously as good as it sounds.) It’s the perfect place to grab a drink and a few bites after work.
528 SW Ninth Ave., Miami; 786-574-3775 or lifehousehotels.com
Ladies and gents, Michael Beltran and chef/partner Justin Flit of Proof Miami have done it again. Their restaurant, Navé in Coconut Grove, is an absolute stunner. The coastal-inspired eatery specializes in fresh seafood and just-made pasta. (Our favorite combo.) Go for the gnocco fritto paired with the Tuesday Night Salad (iceberg lettuce, banana peppers, caciocavallo and balsamic-oregano vinaigrette), truffle pizza and fusilli pasta with chicken liver ragú. Mmm.
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 786-615-3747 or navemiami.com
7. Fuego Y Mar
On the heels of a $90 million renovation, Fuego Y Mar is now open inside the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Featuring a Latin-inspired food and drink lineup from executive chef Anthony LePape, Fuego Y Mar is open from breakfast through dinner. Besides the delicious eats, we love this restaurant because it sources a handful of ingredients from local growers, including Lake Meadow, Harpke Family Farm and Keez Beez honey.
1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4000; ritzcarlton.com