FORT LAUDERDALE — Chef Ralph Pagano is taking his talents north for his latest restaurant, this time heading to Fort Lauderdale inside the newly revamped B Ocean Resort at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. Called The Naked Crab, it’s described as a “stripped dow, dressed-up crab and seafood house,” with a mix of seafood and sushi dishes like lobster rolls, crap dip, poke bowls, linguini in clam sauce and spins on the classic surf ’n turf featuring crab in lieu of lobster. The menu also features something called a crabster — what’s dubbed as a seafood spin on a Turducken — made with 2 lbs. of king crab stuff with shrimp, crab and lobster. The Naked Crab is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 954-727-7090 for more details.
BAL HARBOUR — Another swanky new eatery has arrived at the equally as swanky St. Regis Bal Harbour dubbed, La Gourmandise. The French-inspired lounge situated inside the hotel’s expanded Lobby Lounge, features a variety of light breakfast and lunch bites, and of course, high-tea. Think items like éclairs, croissants, macarons, bonbons, and a variety of tartness, plus 30 different tea blends and plenty of champagne and wine offerings. It is now open at 9703 Collins Avenue. Call 305-993-3300 for more information.
SOUTH BEACH – Another new food and beverage outpost has debuted at The Betsy Hotel. Part of the partnership the hotel struck with chef Laurent Tourondel, The Conservatory is its new lounge that serves Latin-inspired cuisine from neighboring LT Steak & Seafood like foie gras empanadas and Cuban molletes, plus plenty cocktails, espresso and tea throughout the day.
KEY BISCAYNE — The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has opened the doors to its newest restaurant, Lightkeepers. The “coastal” inspired restaurant showcases plenty of local ingredients and dishes created on the Josper oven like whole branzino with grilled citrus and beurre blanc; Palmetto Creek Pork with smoked chorizo, white bean ragout and mustard molasses glaze; and Petite Filet and Skirt Steak. Plus a variety of seafood options like oysters on the half shell, Key West shrimp, Alaskan King Crab and crudos. And for dessert, a bucket of beignets with your name on it. The restaurant is now open from 7 a .m. to 11:30 a.m. daily, for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 455 Grand Bay Drive. Call 305-365-4156 for more info.
BRICKELL — La Mar now boasts a waterfront lounge. Open Thursday to Saturday nights, YAKU by La Mar features Peruvian punch cocktails plus a variety of tapas made by La Mar’s chef Diego Oka. The space is now open from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday at 500 Brickell Key.