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food drink Guide FOOD FOR THOUGHT The Naked Bite’s Amber Antonelli so we’re fairly confident that this Buena Vista entry is destined to become a neighborhood favorite. A selection of dishes from each of the major Asian countries (some nigiri, some pho... you get the picture) ensures all cravings can be indulged. 4740 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.758.7782 $$ mushroom and cherry pepper. Diners get the opportunity to win their entire meal for free when the check is brought to their table by playing a form of bingo called The Vinny D. Split. 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786.923.9305 $$$ Betto’s Formerly Caffé Da Vinci, this restaurant offers a variety of crowd-pleasing Italian dishes such as the Rossini filet mignon and mushroom risotto duet. 1009 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Island, 305.861.8166 $$ Soyka This Upper East Side spot is the place to meet colleagues, friends or dates over plates of pasta, burgers and pizza. Request a seat at the window if you want to people-watch over 55th Street Station. 5556 N.E. Fourth Court, Miami, 305.759.3117 $$ Bourbon Steak Michael Mina’s modern steakhouse serves up a sumptuous, modern twist on classic steak house fare. Favorites include aged cuts of beef and American Wagyu and whole-fried organic chicken with truffled mac ’n’ cheese. The large selection of hamburgers at The Tavern (a more casual area) is not to be missed. Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786.279.6600 $$$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill cLass IN sEssIoN An Education Like a Johnny Appleseed of Californian cuisine, West Coast transplant Amber Antonelli is spreading the benefits of the Golden State’s innovative diet to Miami through The Naked Bite . The private chef, who sharpened her culinary skills at top restaurants like John Ash & Company in Santa Rosa, teaches weekly cooking classes out of her own Coconut Grove home. Her meatless recipes (save for an occasional Thai fish dish) are so deliciously layered and bursting with freshness that no one ever wonders, where’s the beef? Themes range from kid-friendly healthy meals to entire repasts made with a Vitamix to simple salads and desserts. Capped at eight to 10 students, these BYOB workshops followed by a sit-down tasting fill up quickly. RSVP is a must. thenakedbite.com –Rebecca Kleinman This concept restaurant from the creators of SushiSamba Dromo, with Executive Chef Timon Balloo, features three kitchens and a totally global menu. Offerings are served tapas-style, and include standouts like the bacon-wrapped dates and Kobe beef sliders. A larger, roasted chicken dish is a must for hungry diners. 3252 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353 $$ Chef Philip Ho Authentic quality Chinese—at last! The splendid dishes here are too many to mention, but just remember these two: whole yellowtail with steamed buns and Peking duck (the largest in the city). Come on the weekend for the stellar dim sum service. 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.974.0338 $$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar Bold, tribal graphics by Shepard Fairey adorn the walls of the bar. An elongated, striped giant hovers over the entrance. The benches are sleek, metallic taupe, the bar is leather, the garden fantastical. A menu of small plates with subtly layered global-Latino flavors are affordably priced and designed to encourage sharing. Memorable dishes include the mussels with chorizo and pork tenderloin with apple and jicama slaw. 2550 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305.722.8959 $$ Josh’s Delicatessen and Appetizing We don’t get the name either, but know that the man in charge of the kitchen is chef Joshua Marcus, who’s taking Kosher-style deli classics and reinventing them. Specialties include Matzoh balls made with duck fat and ginger beer; and thinly smoked sable, which is black cod that’s been brined for three hours, hot smoked for four hours and then topped with molasses and paprika. There’s also traditional chopped liver—in case you want to stay true to Bubby with your selections. 9517 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305.397.8494 $$ bistro with just the right mixture of neighborhood friendliness and European sophistication. Bernstein is a James Beard Award recipient; one bite of any of her dishes tells you why. 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.759.2001 $$$ like house-made charcuterie, bone marrow crostini, smoked lamb ribs served with kale pesto and a smattering of microbrews. The restaurant gets its name from the giant oak tree that graces the outdoor patio. 35 NE 40th St., Miami, 786.391.1818 $$$ Ni.Do. Caffé & Mozzarella Bar With its small town trattoria feel, this café doesn’t lack for charm. The homemade bufala is a standout as are any of its pasta dishes. 7295 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.960.7022 $$ Salumeria 104 Based on the Italian concept of a salumi shop, this new casual eatery from the Graspa Group features a variety of ready-made dishes, salumi, homemade breads and pastas that can be consumed onsite or purchased to go. 3451 NE First Ave., Miami, 305.424.9588 $$ Bal Harbour/Bay Harbor Islands/North Miami Beach/ Sunny Isles Beach/Aventura Alba Chef Ralph Pagano draws from his years of traveling the world to create the “vacation cuisine” that makes up the menu at Alba. In Pagano’s hands, that’s code for fresh seafood and family-style pastas. Among the standouts are Piccolo Wagyu sliders with caramelized onions, grilled baby lamb chops with mint Greek yogurt and old-school Italian entrées such as chicken Scarpariello, which is served on the bone with sausage, Oak Tavern From the man who brought us River Seafood & Oyster Bar, David Bracha, this Design District bistro covers all-American fare with highlights La Goulue Bal Harbour Grab your small-breed canine and settle in at this lovely bistro amidst the retail excess of Bal Harbour Shops. Don’t miss the onglet aux echalottes et frites , the best pan-seared hangar steak you’ll Shokudo It’s from the folks who brought us World Resource Café all those years and its name means “path to food,” 180 | | July/August 2013

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