South Beach great food and wine, Sunday and Monday
Staying in South Beach, Miami Sunday and Monday night coming up - suggestions needed for great food and wine - money no object, but of course great value is more important than opulence! Extensive wine list a must.
Money no object?
Do Sunday brunch at Nemo 100 Collins Ave.
Rest, and then -
Start the evening Sunday on 16 east of Washington at Vino Miami Wine Bar 1601 Washington Ave (entrance is actually on 16th) Sun 6pm-2am Sample a regularly evolving menu of more than 400 wines, mostly from small production boutiques, plus bits of "wine food"- caviar, French cheeses, and smoked salmon. Then walk east to Collins and north to Lincoln -
David Bouley Evolution at the Ritz has the best reputation in town for fine dining and (yes) wine. A tasting menu is available for $90 or $160 with wine pairing, and there’s a good selection of wines by the glass and a huge list including boutique and rare wines ($49 and up). Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m 1669 Collins Ave., (between Lincoln and 17th St.) at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, Miami Beach. 305-604-6090
Monday : The Champagne, Crustacean and Caviar Bar is a spectacular raw bar.Start here. The Setai 2001 Collins Avenue 305-520-6000
Table 8 1458 Ocean Drive at the Regent Hotel. dinner Sunday through Thursday 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Small-plate lounge menu nightly 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 305.695.4114 Lovely seafood, great Kurobuta pork chop... plus a signature dish - a salt-roasted porterhouse steak, which garnered the Robb Report's Best of the Best citation.
Other (less glam) ideas - Johnny V at the Astor on Washington has a floor-to-ceiling wine case that houses about 5000 bottles. Neat feature. 956 Washington Avenue 305.672.9998 Old school huge wine list/cellar at the Forge on 41st boasts aged steak and one of the world's finest wine cellars. Be warned it's a bit of a scene on Sundays as the bar draws SugarDaddies and SugarBabies galore... 432 W 41st St (305) 538-8533
Sunday and monday are both dead days at social but it has good food and over 100 wines by the glass.
I am very weak on wines but if Talula has a good wine list, I would do that over Evolution, but I bet Evolution has a much better wine list. If you do Evolution, go with the chicken dish there, it was outstanding.
re: Food on the brain
Table 8's wine list was interesting when I went shortly after they opened but I have heard they have dumbed it down considerably. I liked Johnny V's wine list quite a bit - the food was somewhat hit or miss but we went shortly after opening, his place down here several years ago used to be great so maybe it has sorted itself out. Mark's South Beach is very good on both fronts. Talula is one of my favorite restaurants in South Beach but I find the wine list has gotten very heavy on the markup.