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The Miami 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: NAOE, OTC and Azul.


03/07/13 Added: NAOE, Azul and OTC

02/07/13 Added: Catch Miami, Pubbelly Steak and Dolce Italian

12/06/12 Added: Oak Tavern, Florida Cookery and MC Kitchen.

11/01/12 Added: Cooper Avenue, South Street Restaurant & Bar and The Hoxton.

10/04/12 Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails, Katsuya by Starck and TIKL Raw Bar Grill.

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Ni.Do. Caffè & Mozzarella Bar

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Go for the house made burrata, stay for the charm. Ni. Do. Caffe is the cozy eatery in MiMo that transports you to a small town in Italy serving up the most authentic of Italian dishes.

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.

Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails

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Tucked away in the newly spiced up Surfcomber Hotel, Lantao is a social club, restaurant, and pool bar offering Asian street food and fusion delicacies. Still somewhat under the radar but quickly gathering fans, Lantao has reasonable beach prices and rave-worthy BBQ short ribs.

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.

South Street Restaurant & Bar

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Amir Ben-Zion's other new spot, recently opened with Amaris Jones, is a swanky, bluesy restaurant and bar/lounge serving up "neo-soul" food. The vibe at South Street is warm and comforting, as if you're enjoying live music in your friend's home.

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.
Being recently awarded five stars by Forbes Magazine, the acclaimed NAOE is on the map again as one of the hottest places to go for Japanese cuisine right now.
Azul, located in Brickell at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, was also recently awarded five stars by Forbes for its European dishes with American and Asian influence. It too is back on the radar with a new buzz about it.
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.

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Ni.Do. Caffè & Mozzarella Bar

Go for the house made burrata, stay for the charm. Ni. Do. Caffe is the cozy eatery in MiMo that transports you to a small town in Italy serving up the most authentic of Italian dishes.

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.

Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails

Tucked away in the newly spiced up Surfcomber Hotel, Lantao is a social club, restaurant, and pool bar offering Asian street food and fusion delicacies. Still somewhat under the radar but quickly gathering fans, Lantao has reasonable beach prices and rave-worthy BBQ short ribs.

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.

South Street Restaurant & Bar

Amir Ben-Zion's other new spot, recently opened with Amaris Jones, is a swanky, bluesy restaurant and bar/lounge serving up "neo-soul" food. The vibe at South Street is warm and comforting, as if you're enjoying live music in your friend's home.

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.