New restaurants in Miami to hit this Summer

A running list of the hottest new restaurants to check out

Sep
02
2022

If the new, new is where you want to be, then this guide is for you. We’re keeping a running list of the newest restaurants in Miami we’d check out if we were you.

We’ll let you know what we’d get and the dishes we’ve tried. We’ll also point out the restaurants that we haven’t been to yet. Either way, they’re on this list because we’re making plans to go. Also, some of these aren’t open yet but we know you love to be in the “know”, so here goes. Check out our guide to the hottest new restaurants in Miami.

FRATESI’S PIZZA AT OVER UNDER


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 151 E Flagler St
Cuisine: Pizza

Not sure if loving Sundays is a sign of getting older but that’s where we currently are. Stop by neighborhood bar Over Under on Sunday, for one of the most amazing Caesar salads we’ve had in recent times, spicy buffalo chicken wings with bleu cheese, and of course their whole pies. 

Their tomato-based pizza is seasoned with pecorino romano cheese, oregano, whole milk mozzarella, and 24-month Parm. The pizza is real thin, with no flop, a delicious cheesy “costra” crust that extends to the edges of the round pie. They also have a special pie and a special sandwich that may or may not change. 

Come with a group. We’re thinking, that four of you can order a $15 pitcher of beer, a couple of pies, the Caesar, a sandwich, and pass out after. Yay!

 

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MIAMI SLICE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1335 NE Miami Ct
Cuisine: Pizza

Remember that New York-style pizza shop operating from a secret location in Midtown?! Well, they’ve found a permanent spot in Downtown near the Arsht Center.

Stop by and check out their slice bar set-up. Don’t want a whole pie? No worries. You can order any pizza flavor by the slice. They’re trying new flavors, so make sure to ask for the special of the week and help them decide who should stay on and who should go.

Ask for the “kicks” which are “IYKYK” type of add-ons like stracciatella and other good stuff to pimp your slice. Our recommendation: La Salsera with a kick of stracciatella.

THE GIBSON ROOM


Neighborhood: Coral Way
Address: 2224 SW 22nd St
Cuisine: New American Pub

Chef Michael Beltran and Ariete Hospitality group have transformed The Mighty on Coral Way into The Gibson Room. 

This neighborhood tavern host vinyl nights, live music programming with elevated cocktails, and pub-style dishes. You almost don’t feel like you’re in Miami until of course you see the huge marlin (maybe it’s another fish) hanging on the wall or when you read croqueta on the menu. 

But it’s also really great that you can go somewhere in Miami, and have a tasty Chicken Schnitzel. This one can be shared and it comes with heirloom tomato, salsa verde, fried egg, and boquerones.

Other favorites included the grilled oysters with garlic butter, parmesan, parsley, and the strozzapreti, which made us feel like a fancy kid. It’s served with Benton’s country ham, bacon, tomato, and crushed red chili flakes. And of course, we washed it down with a House Gibson martini with gin vermouth, sherry, and onions. We’ll be coming back for the double smash burger, B&B pickles, special sauce, American cheese, and shaved lettuce.

JOE’S PIZZA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 1 234 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Pizza

This one goes out to all those friends that have stumbled into Joe’s Pizza after a night out in New York City, and thought to themselves “damn, this slice saved me.” Well, lucky for you Joe’s Pizza has found its way to Miami. According to their Google listing, this 1975 iconique pizza spot will be open until 3 AM in their new Wynwood location. We haven’t been just yet but word around town is that it’s pretty accurate to NY’s original. 

KLAW


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address: 1737 N Bayshore Dr
Cuisine: Seafood

Klaw is the newest restaurant and the only rooftop in Edgewater. Executive Chef Tim Elmore is serving a high-quality beef program and sea delicacies. We stopped by last week and the views are unreal! It’s also rare to find a restaurant in Miami with views this nice and where the food is actually good. 

You have two dining options at Klaw. One is the main dining room and then there’s the rooftop. We’ve only had the full restaurant experience and we think it would be a great night out for a special occasion or if you don’t mind spending the big bucks. Yes, it was expensive. However, we were not disappointed. 

We went on a seafood journey. Started with the refreshing and flavorful black grouper crudo with caviar, yuzu kosho, finger lime, scallion, avocado, and leche de tigre. We also had the baby-size crab tacos with spicy dashi butter, avocado, lime, and kimchi; and the stracciatella with grilled black mission fig, shaved speck ham, buttered croutons aged balsamic, toasted walnuts, basil oil, and herb salad. And yes, we got the tableside Norweigan King crab legs and claws paired with a delicious garlic and lemon butter. 

Oh also if you’re into premium beef cuts, such as Brasstown beef (a blend of black Angus and Braunvieh cattle), premium Angus beef, and real Kobe beef – Klaw is one of only three establishments certified in Miami to do so.

If you’re drinking vino, they have over 250 labels of Old & New World wines. If you’re curious about their cocktails, we loved the mignonette martini, prepared with mignonette brine.

Klaw is located in Miami’s Historic Women’s Club and takes up three floors including the rooftop bar overlooking Biscayne Bay. We’ll be stopping by for a dinner rooftop experience so we can compare it with the main dining room so stay tuned.

LION & THE RAMBLER


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 804 Ponce de Leon
Cuisine: New American

The old-school crowd of Coral Gables just got an exciting new restaurant in the neighborhood and we recently stopped by. 

Lion & The Rambler by Chef Michael Bolen is the best new restaurant in Coral Gables. This modern American restaurant offers an inventive a la carte menu focused on South Florida flavors, cultured butter, homemade Koji – a Japanese fermentation starter used to make fresh miso and produce from the best local farms in town.

The menu will change frequently. Must-orders include the yecora rojo focaccia with house cultured butter; the steak tartare with green blueberry capers, and Shelburne farms two-year aged cheddar; and grilled tiger prawn with Calabrian chile butter and lime. And of course our favorite, the maitake mushrooms with escargot butter. 

SUSHI BY SCRATCH RESTAURANTS: MIAMI


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3242 Charles Ave
Cuisine: Japanese

If you love Omakase experiences, add this one to the top of your list. This is a special and highly creative restaurant concept. And also, where else can you get sushi with sourdough starter or poblano kosho?!

From LA to Miami, Chefs Margarita Kallas-Lee and Phillip Frankland Lee have opened the fourth Sushi by Scratch Restaurant at Coconut Grove’s historic Stirrup House. This non-traditional Michelin-starred omakase den serves 17 courses for 10 guests at a time in a counter setting. So yeah, you’ll probably make friends with your neighbors. 

Make sure to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled seating time to enjoy your complimentary welcome cocktail before the full-on nigiri night. Flavor profiles won’t be traditional however everything is made from scratch, including the soy sauce and vinegars. The menu changes often however their signature roasted bone marrow nigiri will probably make an appearance.

The tasting menu is priced at $165 per person plus tax and service with the option of three different seatings (5 PM, 7:15 PM, and 9:30 PM). There are also two beverage pairing options: $85 (featuring three different sakes, two cocktails, and one beer) and $110 (featuring six different pours of sake).

Sushi of Scratch books up quickly. Mark your calendar for the first of every month at 1 PM to score a reservation a month out. 

AMAL


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3480 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Modern Lebanese

The team behind Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Byblos recently opened a new restaurant concept in Coconut Grove. Stop by Amal, for a modern take on Lebanese dishes created by Chef Wissman Baki. Expect a sharing-style menu that includes dips, cold and hot mezze, plus skewers.

The space is so freaking gorgeous. We honestly wouldn’t mind our house looking like this. Imagine, sandy interiors with earth tones like rose and terracotta. They’ve also incorporated small palm trees throughout the restaurant to give it a touch of Miami. Anyways we could live here because it’s so pretty but also because the food is fresh and tasty.

Our favorite dishes so far (but for sure we’ll be back for more) include Amal’s hummus served warm with beef tenderloin, pomegranate, and roasted pine nuts; beef kibbeh on a bed of cucumber yogurt; the refreshing and sweet monk salad with roasted eggplant, capsicum peppers, parsley, and a pomegranate garlic emulsion. We don’t usually go for the cauliflower on a menu, not because we don’t like it but because EVERYONE does it. However, you need to try the one at Amal. It comes with a green tahini sauce, Hawaij spice blend, and feta crumble. As far as the main dish, we’d go for the full-fried fish with a parsley tahini sauce.

For dessert, we’d share the sweet and cheesy kanafeh with rose water and the mistkeh ice cream encrusted with pistachios and traditional Middle Eastern cotton candy called Ghazl el Banet on top for the most amazing and fun texture.

GEKKŌ


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 8 SE 8th St
Cuisine: Japanese steakhouse

Bad Bunny & Dave Grutman are opening a restaurant this summer and well of course we want to go and see what it’s all about.

The Japanese steakhouse & sushi concept by the name of Gekkō will open at the end of July in Brickell. Will there be “Moscow Mules” for “Tu y Yo”? We shall see. But what we can count on for sure is, “party, party, party, party.”

Will your friends be camping out in front of the restaurant waiting to see Bad Bunny?! #YHLQMDLG

VINYA TABLE


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 266 Miracle Mile
Cuisine: American

Vinya Wine Shop located in Key Biscayne now has a full restaurant in Coral Gables. You can get your wine to go at their Coral Gables storefront but you can also sit down and have an entire meal.

We recommend stopping by here after work for a wine night out, some cheese/charcuterie vibes, and shared appetizers. The menu is extensive so we’ll be going back. But for now, order the hamachi tiradito with pear, leche de tigre, aji amarillo, chive oil, caviar; lamb baklava with braised lamb, phyllo, honey-orange glaze, tzatziki; and Medjool dates wrapped in cantimpalo chorizo stuffed with goat cheese and served with truffle aioli.

DIRTY FRENCH STEAKHOUSE


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1200 Brickell Ave
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Major Food Group, the team behind Carbone, has opened Dirty French, a glamorous 80s interpretation of the classic steakhouse in Brickell. Located at 1200 Brickell Avenue, this new spot draws inspiration from French cuisine.

The menu features a raw bar with a caviar service option, prime-aged steaks, with sauces, ranging from au Poivre to Cajun; Dover Sole Meunière served tableside, Duck à l’Orange, and a limited quantity of their prime rib. We’re going and when we go we’re wearing some sort of animal print and acting super over the top.

ROSIE’S


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 7127 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Southern w/Italian nuances

Rosie’s, one of our favorite Southern concepts with an Italian twist by Chefs Akino West and Jamila Ross is back, only this time in Little River. If you had the pleasure of visiting them in their Overtown location then you know what we’re talking about. Expect an all-day Southern brunch menu that features some new dishes. Additionally, they’re serving wine, beer, and refreshing mocktails.

The vibe is informal, picnic table style in an outdoor area. The menu is divided into small, medium, and large sections. Start your meal with the house-smoked salmon dip, followed by the wild mushroom polenta with charred kale, herb gremolata, parmesan, and a poached egg; and of course whatever you do get the hot chicken and biscuit. Vegetarians can sub the chicken for crispy oyster mushrooms.

Oh and if you’re passing by on Thursday or Friday, milk their chicken & biscuit sandwich deal with a coffee for $15 from 11 AM – 2 PM.

BALAGAN


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 295 NW 27th St
Cuisine: Nikkei

Balagan recently opened its doors in June 2022. Chef Henry Hané of B Bistro + Bakery in Brickell and Jattö in Wynwood, alongside Executive Chef Juan Manuel Alva, has created a menu featuring regional Nikkei dishes with a sake-forward beverage program in Wynwood.

As far as dishes go, we want to try the spicy tuna tostada with spicy rocoto aioli, torched scallop with parmesan lechecorvina plantain ceviche with dashi leche, and a tuna kumquat ceviche.

MOLOKO


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1801 West Ave
Cuisine: Modern Asian-Mediterranean

This Sunset Harbour newcomer offers contemporary Asian-Mediterranean cuisine, world-class mixology, and a beautiful design. Moloko is a Jose Mendin eatery with a terrace garden and intimate indoor restaurant.

They have an extensive selection of cold and hot appetizers, brioches, pasta, rice, vegetables, and robata dishes. Dishes we’d like to try include the bone marrow steak tartareuni Cesar saladduck à l’orange gyozatoro & caviar brioche, and lobster & uni tagliatelle.

 

 

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New restaurants in Miami to hit this Summer