Jean Georges Vongerichten's Bal Harbour outpost, J&G Grill at the St. Regis, thoroughly impresses VNS at the Herald as she deems it worthy of three and a half stars. The critic reviews in lust, emphasizing the beauty of the space as well as the entirety of JGV's operations:
The menu is as exquisite as the room, which whispers luxury and telegraphs simplicity. A silver-gray pallet combines thick linen upholstery and squiggly charcoal carpeting with soaring ceilings strung with pewter bell lights. Add to that floor-to-ceiling views of the palm-lined beach and you have a uniquely tropical urban vibe.And the food must not be forgotten with dishes as exquisite as "bright-as-sunshine pea soup with pool of creme fraiche and Parmesan-encrusted croutons" and "a light-as-lace lobster option...gently steamed and then cooked with a trace of tempura batter, it is served over a warm slaw of curly cabbage with hits of ginger, scallion and mint." With Jean Georges as the mastermind and chef de cuisine Richard Gras at the helm, the list of accolades for J&G Grill will surely continue to grow. [Herald]
Lee Klein at Miami New Times loses hope at Cafe 46 in Buena Vista, telling the tale of American cuisine that lost it's way. Trying to replicate the experience of the recently shuttered Joe Allen, Cafe 46 fails to conjure up the memories, starting in the dining room which is "on the dark and dismal side". Along with the rest of the restaurant, the food continues to depress Klein with a tired salad "wilted and laced with yellowed leaves" and a margherita pizza that "one expects from a ballpark or school cafeteria." Hopefully the election year can help revitalize Cafe 46 too. [MNT]
After opening in January, owner Ernie Patti of his namesake Ernie's Italian Chophouse in Lighthouse Point has charmed diners and John Tanasychuk at the Sun Sentinel hopes that never changes, giving the Italian restaurant four stars. "Ernie Patti has never owned a restaurant before, but in all my years of reviewing, I've never seen an owner work the room quite as adeptly as he does." [Sun-Sentinel]
Foxy Brown in Fort Lauderdale revitalized an eye sore on Broward Boulevard when it open in March and the Herald's Koff awarded them three stars for their efforts. "Given its plain exterior plus the sassy moniker it shares with a '70s blaxploitation film and a raunchy rapper, I wondered if it was going to be something a little more, well, adult. But this Foxy Brown is a G-rated experience, complete with milkshakes and a motto of 'Be Nice'".
THE BLOGS: NY Blogger Girl Eats City recently made the rounds in Miami, falling head over heels for Pubbelly, compared SoBe's the Dutch to the NYC outpost, thoroughly enjoyed takeout from Chalan on the Beach, and felt at home at Sardinia. All in all, seems like Miami treated her well. [GirlEatsCity]