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The Hottest Restaurants in Miami Right Now, November 2014

Our list of the hottest new restaurants, updated for the month of November.

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where the Pubbelly Group just opened their latest venture. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it's not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

11/06/14 Added: Barley & Wich, Miami Smokers

10/02/14: Added: Morimoto, Hannya Asian Cuisine

9/04/14: Added Mignonette, Ticety Iced Tea Bar, Station 5 Table & Bar
08/07/14: Added Il Mulino, Bistro BE, N by Naoe
07/03/14: Added Loba, L'Echon Brasserie, Oolite Restaurant & Bar, Niu Kitchen, Drunken Dragon
05/01/14: Added Kush, Shikany, Uvaggio, La Mar, Traymore Restaurant & Bar
04/03/14: Added Taperia Raca, Bocce Bar, 1826 Restaurant & Lounge
03/06/14: Added Buns & Buns, Naked Taco, Touche Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant
02/06/14: Added Seasalt and Pepper and R House
01/02/14: Added Blackbrick Chinese, Michael Mina 74, Batch Gastropub

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 1826

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1826 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8860
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1826, Miami Beach’s new upscale contemporary American eatery, claims a chic four-floor Prospect Design space for its home. Overseeing a seasonally driven menu with an emphasis on local ingredients is the young and talented Chicago-based, Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant.

2. Bistro BE

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1111 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-0975
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Owned by Belgium-born Emmanuel Verschueren and Tim Michels, Bistro BE dishes out classic Belgian items like mussels, homemade frites, waffles, rabbit, bratwurst and beef stew. Definitely get familiar with their Belgian brews; they've got a TON.

3. Blackbrick Chinese

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3451 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-8886
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Sakaya mastermind Richard Hales took over the former Acme Bakery space, replacing baked goods with some kick-ass Hales-style Chinese. Think wok-fried marrow, gong bao rabbit, xinjiang cumin lamb dumplings.

4. Bocce Bar

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3252 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 245-6211
The newest from the Samba Brands Management Group serves up playful takes on rustic Italian dishes (from a recently updated menu post a chef shuffle) and a variety of creative cocktails from head of SBM’s Spirit Cocktail Development, Richard Woods. Oh, and there's a Bocce Ball court.

5. Buns & Buns

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5748 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143
(786) 216-7754
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A mysterious team of people traveled the world finding recipes, came back to South Miami, opened a restaurant and executed those worldly dishes awesomely. Oh, and they make bread to go with everything, fresh, warm, homemade bread of all sorts (focaccia, naan, etc).

6. Drunken Dragon

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1424 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL
The Alton Road construction isn’t getting in the way of Drunken Dragon’s big debut one bit. It’s already difficult to land a table at SoBe’s new Asian gastropub (especially a Korean barbecue-style one), but probably worth a try.

7. Il Mulino New York South Beach

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850 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Il Mulino's much anticipated South Beach outpost just opened a few weeks ago and has since been totally packed. Must tries include the beef carpaccio, ravioli with porcini mushrooms and ossobuco.

8. KUSH Wynwood

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2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
The latest offering from LoKal owner Matt Kuschner and partner David Rodriguez boasts some seriously legit beer offerings (18 taps! And some very rare finds). Like LoKal, Kush sources locally, uses only fresh ingredients and keeps it playful with action figure taps, kegs for tables and fun menu items (see: kush brownies).

9. l'echon brasserie

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6261 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Pubbelly Boys’ latest culinary offering tackles French cuisine (with their signature playful twist, of course) in their first ever hotel restaurant at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach.

10. LOBA Restaurant

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7420 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 608-1623
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MiMo’s new realtor-run restaurant has been getting serious attention since it opened just the other week. A small, crafty space decorated by owner Jessica Sanchez makes use of FIU students to fill various positions, and serves up a mix of Latin, New American and Southern dishes.

11. Lure Fishbar

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1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4550
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Restaurateurs Josh Capon, John McDonald and Josh Pickard have brought their NYC gem (and arguably one of SoHo’s best seafood restaurants), Lure Fishbar, to the Magic City. Expect seafood galore, obviously, but also a killer Bash Burger.

12. Mignonette

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210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 374-4635
When Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer partners with Miami Power Rankings blogger Ryan Roman, a quaint, "plain and fancy" oyster heaven takes shape. They've got a ton of other seafood items, too, as well as non sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken and veggies.

13. n by naoe

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661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
Chef Kevin Cory from Naoe finally serves lunch at his newest offering, N by Naoe. Slightly less sushi here and a little bit more "natural Japanese cuisine." Stop by for lunch or dinner.

14. Naked Taco

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1111 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is chef Ralph Pagano’s newest concept, which opened a few months ago in the former Serafina space. Pagano, who’s mostly known for his Italian cuisine at places like Alba, has swapped the ravioli for flautas, tacos, and other cheesy dishes of the Mexican variety, and an impressive amount of tequila worth looking into.

15. NIU Kitchen

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134 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 542-5070
Named for the Catalan word “nest,” Downtown’s newest restaurant, Niu, serves up modern food from Barcelona in a small, cozy environment. Check it out for lunch or dinner any day of the week except Sundays.

16. Oolite Restaurant & Bar

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1661 Pennsylvania Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 907-5535
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Kris Wessel’s back! He’s made good use of the ex-Cooper Avenue space where he now cooks up healthy and simple dishes like verbena steamed grouper and Florida orange rotisserie duck.

17. R House Wynwood

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2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0201
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Owner/chef Rocco Carulli combines art gallery with restaurant at his newest Wynwood spot, an intimate, dimly lit space with moveable walls. Lounge around with a drink, buy art or delve into his eclectic menu, your choice.

18. Shikany

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251 NW 25th St
Wynwood, FL
It took a long, long while for Michael Shikany’s eponymous restaurant/cooking school to open its doors, but the general feeling seems to be that it was worth the wait. Shikany serves up a small menu of creative dishes like maple syrup braised wild boar cheeks, panko dusted fried oysters and a raved about butter poached lobster mac.

19. Station 5 Table and Bar

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5845 Sunset Dr
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 668-7405
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Think classic American with little twists from chef Julie Ning (dishes like salt and pepper tacos with starfruit and apple slaw) served up in a laid back atmosphere with rustic and vintage decor.

20. The District Miami

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190 NE 46th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4199
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Design District’s latest opening, The District Miami offers Pan-American fusion dishes created by chef Horacio Rivadero (named Best New Chef for the Gulf Region by Food & Wine in 2012). A kick-back and relax kind of place, with a worthwhile happy hour menu.

21. Ticety Iced Tea Bar

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206 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
A charming tea shop in Coral Gables, Ticety Iced Tea Bar serves their brews both hot and cold in large glass pitchers. And to accompany those teas, small gourmet French dishes.

22. Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant

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15 NE 11th St
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-9848
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Chef Carla Pellegrino’s rooftop eatery is still abuzz. It serves up a lighter version of the chef’s classic Italian dishes (and, randomly, some sushi as well), on top of a club, way into the late hours.

23. Traymore Restaurant and Bar

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2445 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 695-3600
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Paying homage to the old “Traymore Hotel” with its name, Traymore the restaurant offers up a menu of locally-inspired dishes, probably Miami’s most extensive gin menu and desserts made by a French-Portuguese master chocolatier. Oh, and an entire separate menu (called the Shambhala menu) of uber-healthy options.

24. Uvaggio

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70 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 448-2400
Owned by Top Chef alumn Bret Pelaggi, Craig DeWald and wine-obsessive Heath Porter, Coral Gables’ new European-style wine bar and restaurant has gathered a quick following for its rare bottles and laid-back attitude. The menu, created by “tasting backwards,” hasn’t gone unnoticed either.

25. Morimoto South Beach

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1801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 341-1500
Chef Masaharu Morimoto is here. In South Beach. After months of anticipatory drooling over his sushi. And enough said.

26. Hannya Asian Cuisine

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1060 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
From the man who brought South Miami Akashi Sushi, Larry Chi, comes this new swanky Asian eatery. Apparently, it's offerings are equally as impressive as Akashi's.

27. Barley & Wich

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9059 SW 73 Court
Miami, FL 33156
Unfortunately, Barley & Swine had to meet its end, but Jorgie Ramos quickly turned the space into something new: "a bad ass sandwich shop." B&S fans will enjoy this more bread-filled option just as much.

28. Miami Smokers

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306 Nw 27 Ave
Miami, FL 33125
(786) 520-5420
Miami's smoke whisperers have at last opened their very own smokehouse and deli. It's a place for all things meaty like treats of the candied bacon, housemade charcuterie, bacon jerky variety. Oh, and sandwiches.

1. 1826

1826 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1826, Miami Beach’s new upscale contemporary American eatery, claims a chic four-floor Prospect Design space for its home. Overseeing a seasonally driven menu with an emphasis on local ingredients is the young and talented Chicago-based, Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant.
1826 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

2. Bistro BE

1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130
Owned by Belgium-born Emmanuel Verschueren and Tim Michels, Bistro BE dishes out classic Belgian items like mussels, homemade frites, waffles, rabbit, bratwurst and beef stew. Definitely get familiar with their Belgian brews; they've got a TON.
1111 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130

3. Blackbrick Chinese

3451 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Sakaya mastermind Richard Hales took over the former Acme Bakery space, replacing baked goods with some kick-ass Hales-style Chinese. Think wok-fried marrow, gong bao rabbit, xinjiang cumin lamb dumplings.
3451 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. Bocce Bar

3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
The newest from the Samba Brands Management Group serves up playful takes on rustic Italian dishes (from a recently updated menu post a chef shuffle) and a variety of creative cocktails from head of SBM’s Spirit Cocktail Development, Richard Woods. Oh, and there's a Bocce Ball court.
3252 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

5. Buns & Buns

5748 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143
A mysterious team of people traveled the world finding recipes, came back to South Miami, opened a restaurant and executed those worldly dishes awesomely. Oh, and they make bread to go with everything, fresh, warm, homemade bread of all sorts (focaccia, naan, etc).
5748 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143

6. Drunken Dragon

1424 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Miami Beach, FL
The Alton Road construction isn’t getting in the way of Drunken Dragon’s big debut one bit. It’s already difficult to land a table at SoBe’s new Asian gastropub (especially a Korean barbecue-style one), but probably worth a try.
1424 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL

7. Il Mulino New York South Beach

850 1st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Il Mulino's much anticipated South Beach outpost just opened a few weeks ago and has since been totally packed. Must tries include the beef carpaccio, ravioli with porcini mushrooms and ossobuco.
850 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. KUSH Wynwood

2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
The latest offering from LoKal owner Matt Kuschner and partner David Rodriguez boasts some seriously legit beer offerings (18 taps! And some very rare finds). Like LoKal, Kush sources locally, uses only fresh ingredients and keeps it playful with action figure taps, kegs for tables and fun menu items (see: kush brownies).
2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

9. l'echon brasserie

6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Pubbelly Boys’ latest culinary offering tackles French cuisine (with their signature playful twist, of course) in their first ever hotel restaurant at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach.
6261 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

10. LOBA Restaurant

7420 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
MiMo’s new realtor-run restaurant has been getting serious attention since it opened just the other week. A small, crafty space decorated by owner Jessica Sanchez makes use of FIU students to fill various positions, and serves up a mix of Latin, New American and Southern dishes.
7420 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

11. Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Restaurateurs Josh Capon, John McDonald and Josh Pickard have brought their NYC gem (and arguably one of SoHo’s best seafood restaurants), Lure Fishbar, to the Magic City. Expect seafood galore, obviously, but also a killer Bash Burger.
1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Mignonette

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132
When Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer partners with Miami Power Rankings blogger Ryan Roman, a quaint, "plain and fancy" oyster heaven takes shape. They've got a ton of other seafood items, too, as well as non sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken and veggies.
210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL 33132

13. n by naoe

661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131
Chef Kevin Cory from Naoe finally serves lunch at his newest offering, N by Naoe. Slightly less sushi here and a little bit more "natural Japanese cuisine." Stop by for lunch or dinner.
661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131

14. Naked Taco

1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is chef Ralph Pagano’s newest concept, which opened a few months ago in the former Serafina space. Pagano, who’s mostly known for his Italian cuisine at places like Alba, has swapped the ravioli for flautas, tacos, and other cheesy dishes of the Mexican variety, and an impressive amount of tequila worth looking into.
1111 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. NIU Kitchen

134 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132
Named for the Catalan word “nest,” Downtown’s newest restaurant, Niu, serves up modern food from Barcelona in a small, cozy environment. Check it out for lunch or dinner any day of the week except Sundays.
134 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

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16. Oolite Restaurant & Bar

1661 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Kris Wessel’s back! He’s made good use of the ex-Cooper Avenue space where he now cooks up healthy and simple dishes like verbena steamed grouper and Florida orange rotisserie duck.
1661 Pennsylvania Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. R House Wynwood

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Owner/chef Rocco Carulli combines art gallery with restaurant at his newest Wynwood spot, an intimate, dimly lit space with moveable walls. Lounge around with a drink, buy art or delve into his eclectic menu, your choice.
2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

18. Shikany

251 NW 25th St, Wynwood, FL
It took a long, long while for Michael Shikany’s eponymous restaurant/cooking school to open its doors, but the general feeling seems to be that it was worth the wait. Shikany serves up a small menu of creative dishes like maple syrup braised wild boar cheeks, panko dusted fried oysters and a raved about butter poached lobster mac.
251 NW 25th St
Wynwood, FL

19. Station 5 Table and Bar

5845 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143
Think classic American with little twists from chef Julie Ning (dishes like salt and pepper tacos with starfruit and apple slaw) served up in a laid back atmosphere with rustic and vintage decor.
5845 Sunset Dr
South Miami, FL 33143

20. The District Miami

190 NE 46th Street, Miami, FL 33137