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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ni.Do. Caffè & Mozzarella Bar

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7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Miami, Florida 33138
(305) 960-7022
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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.

2. Macchialina Taverna Rustica

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820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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.

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-1701
José Andrés. The Bazaar. South Beach. SLS Hotel. Need we say more?

4. Eating House

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806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, Florida 33134
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.

5. Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails

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1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.

6. Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

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1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-1701
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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.

7. South Street Restaurant & Bar

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4000 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Design District, FL 33137
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.

8. Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

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35 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 391-1818
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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.

9. Florida Cookery

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1680 James Ave
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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.

10. MC Kitchen

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4141 Northeast 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 456-9948
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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.

11. Khong River House

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1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8147
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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.

12. Sushi MiKasa

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1801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 535-3500
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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.

13. Serafina Dream South Beach

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1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8455
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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.

14. Barceloneta Sunset

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5850B Sunset Drive
South Miami, Fl 33143
(305) 665-0020
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.

15. Catch Miami

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1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
786.224.7200
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.

16. Pubbelly Steak

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1787 Purdue Avenue
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
305 695 9550
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.

17. Dolce at The Gale Hotel

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1690
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.

18. NAOE

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661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 947-6263
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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.

19. Azul

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500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131-2605
(305) 913-8254
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.

20. OTC

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1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, Fl 33130
(305) 374-4612
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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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1. Ni.Do. Caffè & Mozzarella Bar

7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138, Miami, Florida 33138
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.
7295 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Miami, Florida 33138

2. Macchialina Taverna Rustica

820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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.
820 Alton Road
Miami Beach, Fl 33139

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
José Andrés. The Bazaar. South Beach. SLS Hotel. Need we say more?
1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Eating House

806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, Miami, Florida 33134
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.
806 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, Florida 33134

5. Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails

1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Katsuya at the SLS Hotel

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. South Street Restaurant & Bar

4000 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District, FL 33137
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.
4000 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Design District, FL 33137

8. Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits

35 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
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.
35 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

9. Florida Cookery

1680 James Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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.
1680 James Ave
Miami Beach, Fl 33139

10. MC Kitchen

4141 Northeast 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
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.
4141 Northeast 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

11. Khong River House

1661 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1661 Meridian Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Sushi MiKasa

1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Serafina Dream South Beach

1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Barceloneta Sunset

5850B Sunset Drive, South Miami, Fl 33143
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.
5850B Sunset Drive
South Miami, Fl 33143

15. Catch Miami

1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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16. Pubbelly Steak

1787 Purdue Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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.
1787 Purdue Avenue
Miami Beach, Fl 33139

17. Dolce at The Gale Hotel

1690, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
1690
Miami Beach, FL 33139

18. NAOE

661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131
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.
661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131

19. Azul

500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL 33131-2605
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.
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131-2605

20. OTC

1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4, Brickell, Fl 33130
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.
1250 S.Miami Ave CU #4
Brickell, Fl 33130

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