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"New" on South Beach - anyone tried?

Frodnesor Oct 11, 2006 01:39 PM

There are several "new" (loosely speaking, some have been around for more than a year already) places on South Beach I haven't tried yet, as we tend to return to the same old haunts. Curious to hear if anyone can speak from experience on any of the following:

8 1/2
Fifty
Afterglo
o-R-o
Quattro Gastronomie
Standard Hotel / Lido Restaurant
Setai (went there for drinks this past weekend and looked at the dinner menu - jaw-droppingly expensive)

Anything else new and good you've tried?

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    ems Oct 25, 2006 02:36 AM

    Any idea when Table 8 is opening?

    1. Frodnesor Oct 12, 2006 04:23 PM

      The new opening I'm looking forward to is Johnny Vincenz's return to the Astor which I've heard is supposed to be in November. I liked the place he had there a few years, but my real favorite was the little diner place he had on Alton around 16th.

      They had a rib meat hoagie with cole slaw on top that was to die for. And fantastic ribs, with a side of smoked-shrimp potato salad ...

      1. Frodnesor Oct 12, 2006 03:39 AM

        L2M - obviously I must be doing the same. The new places I have tried (Vix, Social) have been a letdown and I think that makes you become gun-shy (especially when these are all big-ticket places).

        Andrewski - what new place for Michael Schwartz?

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          Andrewski Oct 12, 2006 02:04 PM

          It will be called Michaels Genuine. I believe that they are shooting for a mid November opening and it will be located in the Design District.

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          Andrewski Oct 11, 2006 08:22 PM

          I've been to Afterglo twice, once before they opened and were still working on the menu, and once about a month ago. The first time was incredible, but I was sitting with Chef Michael Schwartz wife so I assume we got special attention. The second time was after Chef Michael left and Chef Sandee Birdsong took over. To what extent she oversee the kitchen I'm not sure, I believe she is also the chef at Tantra still as well. The food was very disapointing that time but the service was actually decent. I would not return. I am looking forward to Chef Michael opening at his new spot this fall.

          1. lax2mia Oct 11, 2006 02:49 PM

            That list just reaffirms my notion that I've been avoiding trying new places for fear of disappointment. I haven't tried a single one on that list, and some have gotten really good reviews. Not only that, we still have Table 8 and Christabelle's (in the Grove) coming soon. Better start saving up.

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