The Best New Restaurants to Try in Miami During Art Basel
Those hungry from all the nonstop action at the Miami art fairs and exhibition openings have a wealth of new restaurants to choose from. Vegetable-forward dishes by Michelin-starred Joël Robuchon protégé Alain Verzeroli are served in a modern space designed by famed French architect Pierre-Yves Rochon at the new Miami outpost of New York’s Le Jardinier. Here, the menu centers around local vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs, some of which are grown on site, complemented by a selection of wild and sustainable fish, meat, and poultry.
Consistently named one of the 50 Best Restaurants, Japanese-meets-Peruvian eatery Osaka makes its U.S. debut in Brickell. Chefs Rogger Quispe and Juan Urrutia helm the kitchen that’s turning out delectable dishes exclusive to the Miami location like pato Mochero, crispy duck leg served over wok rice with Amazon bacon and shiitake mushrooms, and Chirashi Causa with ceviche, salmon sashimi, trout roe, avocado, and anticuchero.
Meanwhile at Mila, executive chef Nicolas Mazier and renowned mixologists Jennifer Le Nechet and Mido Yahi join forces for a soothing Mediterranean-Asian rooftop dining experience on Miami Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road. Chef Mazier was inspired by traditional Asian and Mediterranean eating practices to cultivate a mindful menu that marries health and nutrition with sensorial textures, flavors, and visually alluring plating.
Already an icon in Miami for his beloved restaurant Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, chef Michael Schwartz has expanded his empire with the new Singapore style cocktail bar, Sling Bar. The exotic watering hole is tucked inside Traymore by Michael Schwartz in the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach. Here, sample an array of creative libations, paired with Executive Chef Jorge Negron’s contemporary twist on traditional Singaporean street food like chicken satay with peanut sauce and steamed snapper dumplings. While you’re on site, cruise through the hotel to see Turks & Caicos artist Bradley Theodore’s colorful portraits of some of fashion’s leading ladies, including Diane von Furstenberg and Miuccia Prada.
Those looking for a sweet respite in midtown will appreciate the traditional English high tea service at the Little Hen, which opens its second Florida location. Savor Executive Chef Efrain Barquero’s masterful dishes, like chicken and waffles, a Miami twist on avocado toast (with feta, roasted pepitas, tomato, and lime), or an indulgent caviar omelette with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and chives, in a sweet space peppered with French-inspired design.