45 Northeast 40 Street
Phone: (786) 391-1818
Web: Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits
Status: Certified Open
Chef/restaurateur David Bracha of The River Seafood Oyster Bar has brought his same style to a more American concept at Oak Tavern in the Design District. Just opened last night, the restaurant is named for the giant oak tree that's front and center at the patio area. Brick walls and lamp bases made from bark keep the vibe laid-back and unpretentious. Bracha has given the menu a twist on American classics and as usual, sources locally. As close to home as it gets, he's even making most of the charcuterie in house- featuring their own salami, soppressata, testa, breseaola, and sausages. Putting his spin on pizzas, the wood oven will be firing up pies with duck and poached pear, gnocchi with house made rabbit-truffle sausage, and baked mussels. Small plates and snacks like bison carpaccio, stone crab crostini, and bahn mi keep things interesting, while staples like his signature oysters from The River are available with a daily selection. Don't forget the bar- with eight taps pouring special Florida vintages, Due South and Mile Marker 82 IPA, among others. Bottled beers make up a list of about 20, rounding out the drink selection with bourbons, single malts and specialty cocktails. Time for some good times at the tavern.