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Miami's May Heatmap; Where to Eat Right Now

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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. New to the map this time around: Tongue & Cheek, Restaurant Michael Schwartz and Biscayne Tavern.


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Macchialina Taverna Rustica

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The latest addition to the Pubbelly Family, Macchialina, which comes from the words "Macchia" meaning "mark or spot" and "Maialina" meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a "small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town". Former Scarpetta chef Michael Pirolo mans the kitchen, cooking up Italian classics like braised shortrib lasagna and pork chop Milanese.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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José Andrés. The Bazaar. South Beach. SLS Hotel. Need we say more?

Eating House

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Back by popular demand, the pop-up Eating House has reclaimed its place in the old Cafe Ponce space. Expect delectable eats for dinner with the menu changing nightly and long waits for a table at their coveted brunch.

Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

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Between its location in the gorgeous SLS hotel, its neighbor The Bazaar, its Master Chef Katsuya Uechi and designer Philippe Starck, Katsuya's most recent Miami outpost is the most buzzed-about place to eat sushi and sashimi right now.

Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

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The newly opened second restaurant from David Bracha already has a buzz about it in the Design District, with tables filling up constantly. He's serving up modern American tavern-style food in a casual setting.

Florida Cookery

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Since Red Light's closing, Florida Cookery has become Kris Wessel's new pride and joy at the James Royal Palm Hotel. It's got his signature Floridian fare that pays homage to his local roots in a big way.

MC Kitchen

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Another restaurant breathing fresh air into the pulsing Design District is Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Her modern Italian cuisine and pia-Dena's are already becoming popular.

Khong River House

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The latest from 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, Khong River House is about as close to eating in Thailand as you'll get in Miami. The former Miss Yip's/Buck 15 space is converted into somewhat of a Thai boat house with a bi-level space and expansive bar on both floors.

Sushi MiKasa

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Opened by celebrity Jonathan Cheban, Sushi MiKasa is an NYC import now serving up their signature sushi and specialty Japanese dishes at the Shelborne hotel.

Serafina Dream South Beach

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New York's Italian restaurant makes its debut in South Beach at the Dream hotel. Serafina is known for their 24 varieties of pizza, but also has great pastas, salads, and entrees.

Barceloneta Sunset

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The brand new expansion of Barceloneta marks the first duplicate in the Pubbelly empire. South Miami's now got a taste of the beach's popular Spanish tapas and wine bar.

Catch Miami

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A NYC transplant, Catch Miami at the James Royal Palm hotel, brings “globally influenced” seafood delights to South Beach. Try classics such as the Cantonese Lobster and “Miami-inspired” eats such as the Shorecrest roll.

Pubbelly Steak

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A new addition to the rapidly expanding Pubbelly emprire, Pubbelly steak is already favorite among the locals. For American-style food with a twist, this steakhouse is the hottest place to visit right now.

Dolce at The Gale Hotel

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Dolce Italian, the Gale Hotel’s new restaurant, features classic Italian dishes at affordable beach prices. Since they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can stop by any time. Enjoy your meal inside or out on the pool deck.
A fairly new addition to Mary Brickell Village, OTC has gathered quite the following for its “over the counter” gastropub fare. Expect tasty eats on wooden cutting boards, ever changing craft beers and a packed room during their popular brunch.

Swine Southern Table & Bar

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The latest tasty offering from the 50 Eggs restaurant group, Swine, is all about “pork-centric” dishes and southern charm. Try their raved-about burnt ends or any of their smoked and barbecued dishes. Or anything at all, really. Where have their restaurants ever gone wrong?

The Cypress Room

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Michael Schwartz’ new eatery just opened up last week, but its already the talk of the town. With Schwartz as executive chef, Roel Alcudia as chef de cuisine and Hedy Goldsmith making her famed desserts, its no wonder their dishes are already turning heads.

Bulla Gastrobar

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Por Fin fans were skeptical when the spot reopened as Bulla Gastrobar, but it turns out the new tapas restaurant is quickly garnering its own group of followers. Try out their patatas bravas or Jamon Serrano sandwich.

Tongue & Cheek

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Jamie DeRosa’s first restaurant, Tongue & Cheek, just opened up a couple of weeks ago, but food enthusiasts are already raving about its contemporary American grub and hooked on dishes like the fried chicken, the beef cheek burger and the cauliflower panna cotta. Oh, and the spot’s swanky, laid back décor and specialty cocktails don’t hurt a bit.

Restaurant Michael Schwartz

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Anything Michael Schwartz related gets Miamians’ mouths watering and his latest restaurant is no exception. The stylish Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh oozes with that same eco-friendly mentality that Schwartz brings to his other restaurants and serves up a variety of dishes all reflecting seasonality and freshness.

Biscayne Tavern

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Jeffrey Chodorow’s Downtown eatery hits the spot with its organic comfort food. Not to mention an extensive and wonderful list of craft beers and seasonal brews. A kick back kind of place to relax and chow down on stuff like the tavern burger, fried oyster po-boy and spicy baby back ribs.

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Macchialina Taverna Rustica

The latest addition to the Pubbelly Family, Macchialina, which comes from the words "Macchia" meaning "mark or spot" and "Maialina" meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a "small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town". Former Scarpetta chef Michael Pirolo mans the kitchen, cooking up Italian classics like braised shortrib lasagna and pork chop Milanese.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

José Andrés. The Bazaar. South Beach. SLS Hotel. Need we say more?

Eating House

Back by popular demand, the pop-up Eating House has reclaimed its place in the old Cafe Ponce space. Expect delectable eats for dinner with the menu changing nightly and long waits for a table at their coveted brunch.

Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

Between its location in the gorgeous SLS hotel, its neighbor The Bazaar, its Master Chef Katsuya Uechi and designer Philippe Starck, Katsuya's most recent Miami outpost is the most buzzed-about place to eat sushi and sashimi right now.

Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

The newly opened second restaurant from David Bracha already has a buzz about it in the Design District, with tables filling up constantly. He's serving up modern American tavern-style food in a casual setting.

Florida Cookery

Since Red Light's closing, Florida Cookery has become Kris Wessel's new pride and joy at the James Royal Palm Hotel. It's got his signature Floridian fare that pays homage to his local roots in a big way.

MC Kitchen

Another restaurant breathing fresh air into the pulsing Design District is Dena Marino's MC Kitchen. Her modern Italian cuisine and pia-Dena's are already becoming popular.

Khong River House

The latest from 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, Khong River House is about as close to eating in Thailand as you'll get in Miami. The former Miss Yip's/Buck 15 space is converted into somewhat of a Thai boat house with a bi-level space and expansive bar on both floors.

Sushi MiKasa

Opened by celebrity Jonathan Cheban, Sushi MiKasa is an NYC import now serving up their signature sushi and specialty Japanese dishes at the Shelborne hotel.

Serafina Dream South Beach

New York's Italian restaurant makes its debut in South Beach at the Dream hotel. Serafina is known for their 24 varieties of pizza, but also has great pastas, salads, and entrees.

Barceloneta Sunset

The brand new expansion of Barceloneta marks the first duplicate in the Pubbelly empire. South Miami's now got a taste of the beach's popular Spanish tapas and wine bar.

Catch Miami

A NYC transplant, Catch Miami at the James Royal Palm hotel, brings “globally influenced” seafood delights to South Beach. Try classics such as the Cantonese Lobster and “Miami-inspired” eats such as the Shorecrest roll.

Pubbelly Steak