The best restaurants in the Design District

Covering a Korean steakhouse and some of the best pizza, and sushi in Miami

Feb
15
2022

Keep this guide handy when you’re in the area and are looking for the best restaurants in the Design District.

Have you been to the Design District lately? There is a lot going on—world-class shopping, excellent people watching, and some of our favorite restaurants in Miami, ranging from food trucks to French fine dining. Below is a roundup of our go-to’s in the Design District.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE


Address: 130 NE 40th St
Cuisine: Contemporary American

When you’re in the Design District, don’t miss a chance to dine at Michael’s Genuine, one of the original Design District establishments, which opened in 2007. This is one of the first restaurants to put the Miami culinary scene on the map, with a James Beard Award-winning chef (Michael Schwartz) and a menu full of fresh and contemporary dishes with a focus on vibrant flavors. Michael’s recently reopened after a highly anticipated renovation and expansion, with a new menu. Try the Pastrami Pizza with gruyere cheese, sauerkraut, mustard crema, and green onion or the Crispy Pork Belly with kimchi, crushed peanuts, and cilantro.

COTE


Address: 16 W 22nd St
Cuisine: Korean Steakhouse

Cote is a newcomer from NYC, where its flagship location has earned a Michelin star and several James Beard Foundation accolades. This sleek, sexy Korean Steakhouse isn’t your traditional Korean BBQ—everything is elevated. The meat (and vegetarian) offerings are what you would expect from an upscale steakhouse. They also have an award-winning beverage program and wine list. Cote is perfect for a special celebration or group outing, with a lively atmosphere and impeccable service.  Each table has its own built-in grill and the servers will cook your meats tableside, so you can relax and enjoy the process. While you can choose your own appetizers or meats a la carte, we recommend the Butcher’s Feast, which includes four cuts of USDA prime and American Wagyu Beef, with Korean side dishes. If you want to upgrade your experience, go for the Steak Omakase, with higher-end cuts of meat and an optional wine pairing.

 

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ITAMAE


Address: 140 NE 39th St #136
Cuisine: Nikkei-inspired

In 2018, this Nikkei-inspired concept debuted in a food hall in the Design District and quickly became well-known for their Peruvian-Japanese dishes. In early 2021, they opened their own restaurant in Palm Court, across from the food hall. Their modern Peruvian dishes feature fresh seafood, bright colors, beautiful presentation, and a flawless balance of flavors and textures. With the exception of salads and desserts, all of their offerings are seafood-based: Peruvian tiraditos, fish entrees, and rolls.

We loved the Chutoro Tiradito with slices of fresh Chutoro (medium fatty tuna), white soy, cancha, choclo, and red onion. As well as their Hotaruika Tiradito, a  firefly squid dish with squid ink and garlic chive. If you’re in the mood for a roll, try the Tuna Maki with avocado, cucumber, aji amarillo, tobiko, and quinoa or the non-traditional Octopus Bañadito roll with avocado, botija olive, and a Peruvian criolla sauce.  Oh, and you can’t leave without dessert. The newest addition of the Torta Helada is a must-have. It’s beautifully presented and is the refreshing finish you need with canistel fruit (tastes similar to roasted sweet potato), mamey seed, and hibiscus.

MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Greek

Mandolin is a classic Mediterranean restaurant founded by a husband and wife team back in 2009. The restaurant is in a 1940’s home that was restored and transformed into the Mandolin that we love today, with gardens and a quaint outdoor patio space. The dishes are inspired by Greek and Turkish coastal food, using local ingredients and Aegean techniques. The menu includes Mezes, Salads, Sandwiches, Mains, and Sides. Start your meal with the Greek Sampler: a trio of tzatziki, olive tapenade, and tirokafteri. We also love the Mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; and the Baked Feta with tomatoes, smoked greek chili flakes, and spicy pickled Turkish peppers.

SUSHI YASU TANAKA BY MASUMURA AT MIA MARKET


Address: 140 NE 39th St STE 241
Cuisine: Japanese

At MIA Market, Chef Yasu Tanaka (from the Den at Azabu) serves authentic nigiri-focused sushi with Japanese hospitality. Partnering with his lovely wife Michelle, they bring the culture and charisma of Japan right to your feet. In paying homage to his family business the name Masumura was only fitting to carry on the legacy right here in his new home of Miami.

Chef Yasu makes two types of sushi rice fresh every two hours and sources the best quality of fish, décor, and dinnerware directly from Japan. The menu features Signature Nigiri, Nigiri a la Carte, and hand rolls. The 10 piece nigiri Omakase will fulfill the classic vibes, but for a little extra thrown in some additional O-Toro Aburi Nigiri as well as their Uni and Wagyu Handroll. Because when we say these are drool-worthy add ons, we mean it.

OLD GREG’S PIZZA


Address: 3620 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Pizza shop

Greg Tetzner and his girlfriend, Jackie Richie, began selling sourdough pizzas in 2020 out of their house during the pandemic. After a few months of getting the word out on social media, everyone and their mothers wanted  Old Greg’s square pies. With limited pies being baked at their pop-up location in the Design District, scoring Old Greg’s was harder than securing Coachella tickets.  The pop-up was a wild success and luckily for us, they found a brick and mortar space in the former Ghee space.

Currently, they are offering pick up or you can grab your order and eat it at the restaurant’s indoor and outdoor tables. In a near future, they will have servers.  In addition to square pies, they are also offering round 18-inch pies. Our favorites are the Shroomz pizza with mushroom crema, mozzarella, maitake + oyster shroomz, and wild ramp salsa verde; and the O.G. Roni with tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, and hot honey. It’s not only about pizza at Old Greg’s, they also have the most delicious Polenta-Crusted Chicken Wings served with pickled celery, and buffalo + blue cheese sauce. And for dessert, GR3G’S Leches a more savory than sweet take on a tres leches with an olive oil cake, stracciatella, Sicilian pistachio, and fennel pollen.

YOSO SUSHI


Address: 3819 N Miami Ave
Cuisine: Japanese

With more than 10 years of experience at some of Miami’s top Asian restaurants, Deniz Aktug, Juan Mercado, and Khristian Lara are serving fresh and inventive sushi out of a food truck parked in the Design District. Yoso is known for “the best seafood on wheels” and diners can get their food delivered, to go, or enjoy it on-site outside. They serve sushi rolls, sushi burritos, hot dishes, and poke bowls. Some of our favorites include the Salmon Belly Nigiri with torched belly nigiri, truffle oil yuzu mayo, and lime zest as well as the We Love the Sunset Sushi Roll with tuna, salmon, scallions, yuzukosho mayo, and avocado.

LE JARDINIER


Address: 151 NE 41st St Suite 135
Cuisine: French

Le Jardinier is the French word for “gardener”, which is the theme of this modern, refined eatery focused on high quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs. The restaurant is stunning, with custom black and white marble walls and floors and a vertical garden on the back wall. We also love the black marble bar with circular accent lights highlighting bottles of high-quality craft spirits and fortified wines. Start your meal on a light note with the Chicory Salad with winter citrus and avocado mousse. Next, savor the fresh Sea Scallops with sunchoke coulis and chips. For dessert, we recommend the Exotic Coconut Mousse with soft salted caramel and raspberry sherbet.

BY: SARAH DUNN
THE HUNGRY POST
PHOTO CREDIT LE JARDINIER
Best restaurants in the Design District
Best restaurants in the Design District