The best new restaurants of 2023

The best places we ate in Miami this year

Dec
18
2023

These are the best new restaurants of 2023. 

In 2023 The Hungry Post team did a lot of eating and drinking. We visited our neighborhood gems and went to more then 70 new restaurants (some more than once).

Every year we have a guide that highlights the best new spots. This list includes a delicious Vietnamese concept, a pop-up with seasonal ingredients that blew our mind, and a Peruvian restaurant we want to visit every week. These are the restaurants that made us think, “damn Miami, you continue to impress.”

To all the people behind these restaurants (and ALL restaurants): thank you for doing what you do every day. We’re so grateful.

MATY’S


Neighborhood: Midtown
Address3255 NE 1st Ave
Cuisine: Peruvian

Named one of Bon Appetit’s 24 Best New Restaurants of 2023, it’s really no surprise that Maty’s made it on our list.

Maty’s, is Valerie Chang’s first solo project as Executive Chef/Owner. The restaurant is a team effort, developed with the team behind Itamae and B-Side including Val’s brother, Chef Nando, and her father Papa Chang.

The Peruvian restaurant is fun and lively, in all the best ways, just like your abuelita’s kitchen and dining room.

We all have foods that take us back to a memory or moment, and Chef Val’s cooking does just that. The menu is always evolving and some of our favorite dishes include the Chicken Milanesa with parmesan and pesto, the Tuna Crudo, and the Choclo with huancaina and Pecorino. It really doesn’t matter what you’re eating because everything here is so good. But, let’s agree that everything tastes better with a pisco sour, and the one at Maty’s is not be missed.

 

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ERBA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 227 S Dixie Hwy
Cuisine: Italian

Walking into Erba is like walking into the set of a ‘007’ movie. Picture velvet curtains, gold accents, a stunning chandelier, and a gorgeous dimly lit bar, literally the perfect spot for a date night, without having to wear a tux or a skin-tight gown. And although that may all sound super fancy and sophisticated, this is a restaurant that actually makes you feel super homey and happy.

Chef Niven Patel’s ‘Erba’ highlights Italian dishes with a Floridian twist, featuring handmade pasta and ingredients from Patel’s Homestead farm. His approach is inviting, serving innovative spins on Italian classics – like his version of “vongole,” the Mafaldine, with Bahamian conch (a must-try).

One of our favorite dishes is the fresh bread with a dripping butter candle (why isn’t this everywhere?) And the Campalle, with Niman Ranch Lamb Ragu and pecorino. Other dishes we loved include the Mortadella with pistachio and Castelvetrano olives, the Hearts of Palm giardiniera, the Cacio e Pepe Pave, and the Rotolo, with pumpkin, spinach, hazelnut, and sage.

We’re definitely the type to do menu research before our reservation, so if you’re overwhelmed and can’t decide, go any day between 5:30-7 pm and get the $45 pasta-tasting menu to get six out of the eight pastas on the menu! Or watch THIS.

 

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SHINGO


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 112 Alhambra Cir
Cuisine: Japanase, omakase, sushi

Located in the newly renovated La Palma building, Shingo is truly a gem hidden in plain sight (so hidden, the door is literally behind a curtain). After serving as the executive chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Hiden, Chef Shingo Akikuni opened his 14-seat omakase in Coral Gables.

It’s all in the details at Shingo. The ceramic plates are from Kyoto. And central to the whole experience, the Hinoki sushi counter was hand-crafted from a single slab of wood, literally assembled and brought over from Japan.

The 18-course menu consists of traditional Japanese nigiri, seasonal sashimi, and Yakimono dishes. It’s a spot for a special occasion, but you’ll be looking for any excuse to come back. It’s also around 2k to fly to Japan, so why not head to Shingo instead? Something to consider.

 

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TAM TAM


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 97 NW 1st St
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Inspired by the Vietnamese term “quán nhậu,” a call to eating and drinking, Tam Tam takes the English phrase “good food, good wine, and even better times” to a new level. With a retro-style diner feel, high swivel chairs, tiki wood, groovy lights, and mirrors, this spot makes the old feel young and the young, nostalgic.

With a menu full of exotic and fun descriptions, you really can’t go wrong. Our favorite dishes were the Tâm Tâm wings with chili oil, the Tamarind glazed pork ribsSalt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab, and the Lamb Wrap Situation (a situation we want to be involved in forever). These dishes may get messy. The sauces are so good you’ll want to lick the plate. Luckily, the bathroom is just as cool, so you won’t mind going in a few times to wash your fingers.

To sip, whether you’re into natural wines or in the mood for a fun cocktail, Tâm Tâm’s drink menu is just as good as their food. Featuring a rare Makgeolli (rice wine) and even a Spiked Viet iced coffee, both of which could be enjoyed as a nightcap. Just be sure to leave room for Isabel’s cheesecake, made from cashews and guava gellee, reminiscent of Miami’s favorite pastelitos. It’s deliciously vegan, and you would have never known unless we told you.

 

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ENTRENOS


Neighborhood: Miami Shores
Address: 9840 NE 2nd Ave
CuisineAmerican

The term “farm to table” has lost its meaning, thanks to our ability to overuse it. However, if there is one restaurant in Miami that could bring it back, it would be EntreNos, a pop-up inside Tinta Y Cafe’s Miami Shore location honoring seasonality in a way we haven’t seen in Miami.

We went on opening night, so we can only imagine how much better it’s going to get. Every ingredient was a burst of flavor. Have you ever had an avocado from Homestead? It’s the best avocado you will have in Miami, and you will find it in EntreNos’ Blue Runner Crudo with olived mangos and a dashi vinaigrette.

Chefs Evan Burgess and Osmel Gonzalez come from Michelin-star restaurants, their menu centers around Florida-sourced ingredients, delivering a hyper-seasonal à la carte menu. Through their menu, they express gratitude to everyone involved in the local food system, and you can taste that in every bite. They are committed to growing and serving with the seasons and sourcing as much of their ingredients as possible from local farms, ranches, and fisheries.

Since the menu focuses on Florida-sourced ingredients, you won’t see the same dishes. We loved the Grilled Sebastián Oysters sourced from Treasure Coast Shellfish with brown butter chimichurri, ramps, and fried hazelnuts, from a local nut company called About Florida; and the Spiny Lobster chawanmushi-inspired dish with confit potatoes, egg custard, and onion foam. A dish soured from Captain Jay and Bee Heaven Farm.

QP TAPAS


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3000 Florida Ave
Cuisine: Spanish, Izakaya, tapas

Technically not new, but new in the heart of Coconut Grove. QP was just so good we had to include it again.

QP Tapas is a pop-up serving Izakaya-style Spanish tapas. We first tried it at MKT Kitchen in Coral Gables in 2022. After taking a little hiatus, Chef Josh Elliot is back with his menu of crudos, yakitori, paella, and Okonomiyaki (a savory Osaka-style pancake) at The Fountain Lounge at Mayfair House Hotel & Gardens.

QP’s fan favorites are still on the menu, but there are new exciting dishes and a whole cocktail list by Citadel’s Bar Kaiju team (like a Spanish style gin-martini, and a more sweet banana flavored old-fashioned).

This is the type of place you walk into and instantly feel a warm welcome. A bright red neon sardine marks the entrance, a bold and nature-filled patio for sunny days, and a dining room echoing with chatter and laughter.

Start with the Signature Sangria and say yes to the NoGroni with Yuccas Bravas, Manchego, and Pan con Tomate (pro tip, put the cheese on the bread). Then order the Okonomiyaki, and the Uni Risotto, or if you’re really hungry, the Paella Mixta with all the goods (chicken, clams, chorizo, AND shrimp). And if you have room for dessert, and want to end with something sweet, try the Basque Cheesecake.

If you aren’t already, this is a place you’ll want to be a regular at.

 

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THE HUNGRY POST
PHOTO CREDIT ERBA
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS OF 2023
BY ISA ISAZA