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Jan 6, 2008 08:28 AM

Worst Restaurant in Miami, or is it the Chef?

I would like to share my experience for New Years at Karu and Y.

New Years Eve 600$ per couple what a rip off.... The food is horrible how they can charge this prices if they don't deliver. The steak was horrible, bland and flavorless. If this is what you call wgyu please I rather have a piece of choice steak. The snapper, again flavorless and overcooked the skin was not even crispy. If you serve a fish with skin the least I expect is to be nice and crunchy. Desserts abdominal painful, not even edible..Ok I am being a little critical but when you pay money, you expect first class. Don’t waste your time and money; go to the real restaurants like Michaels or Brosia

You be the Judge! if you have similar experience share your comments.

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  1. I cannot beleive that place is still open! The owner's pockets must be as deep as the Dead Sea, which is where they will soon be if they keep serving slop as haute cuisine!

    As an afterthought, no one and I mean NO ONE, should have any great expectaions on NYE regardless of the price. Even the best places f*@k up on that night...that's just the wgyu it is Mikesea. My advise for you (and eveyone else for that matter) next NYE, eat at home then go out! It's a lot harder to screwup a Cuba Libre or a glass of Champagne than it is a Snapper or a Steak!

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    1. re: netmover

      Actually, I snuck in for a very early dinner (6pm) at sardinia and it was great. But that may not count since I was there before the crazyness.

    2. I have not heard of anyone having a good experience at Karu & Y.

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        Precisely why this chowhound cannot beleive it's still open! I did hear the other day that it's a nightclub too. So if they're selling $200-300 bottles by the truckload, they can live happily ever after with that and let the cuisine slip.

        Nightclubs do not usually make good chow houses. I can remember eating a nice dinner at Mezzanotte way back when and then at the stroke of 10pm there were asses gyrating in front of and next to my Linguini Frutti di Mare...that place should be on an episode of "Where are they now?" The one I cannot beleive is still open is Tantra. All I can say is they must have a great lease and sell lots of liquor!

        1. re: netmover

          Hey Net,

          I was one of those asses gyrating sorry if your frutti got squished LOL! TY for starting of my Sunday morning with laughter. BTW, they can always join up with Christabelle's and offer a two for one deal, shuttle service included!

          1. re: eatnbmerry

            From what I hear K&Y is museum quality too!

            Actually, Mr Moes probably serves up the chili you seek come to think of it.

            1. re: netmover

              Never had it there but they might have something decent all the rest I've tried has been pretty decent sports bar food. speaking of chili, does Joe Allen's have any/ they sound like the perfect place for some.

              1. re: eatnbmerry

                Was at Joe Allen's last night. Saw meatloaf and steak tartar, but don't remember seeing chili.

                1. re: lax2mia

                  Thanks for info,

                  I thought because of their comfort food dishes they may have. BTW, I haven't been there for a few years how are they doing?

                  1. re: eatnbmerry

                    We went there for drinks and it was packed. We'd actually been to Sardinia for dinner but when it got time for dessert we wanted something a little more down-home American so we headed to the bar at J.A's and had the date pudding (phenomenal!). Place was packed, lots of snowbirds seeing each other for the first time since April 2007. Bartenders were their usual professional selves. We had gone a couple of months ago with friends from out of town to introduct them to "American" food and it was a hit.

                    Glad the place has remained popular and is still going strong. It deserves it.

                    1. re: lax2mia

                      Great to hear. An American Bistro serving honest food with a great bar what more can you ask for! Usually a local neighborhood type place I thought, but GB the snowbirds who keep our city flush.

                      1. re: lax2mia

                        I concur with that completely! Joe Allen is solid like a rock...and hardly deserves to be mentioned on this "worst restaurant in Miami" post, which I know you did not mean to do because it is clear you both love Joe Allens...this disclaimer is for those who may have skimmed the post without knowing that JOE ALLEN IS THE BEST!

                        1. re: netmover

                          I really like Joe Allens, especially their hamburger. That being said, I would not say it is the best south beach has to offer but it well priced and well executed food.

          1. re: OysterHo

            good question OYHO!

            can we get some service over here?

                1. re: OysterHo

                  Wagyu (和牛, wagyū?) refers to several breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. Also known as Kobe-style beef, the meat from Wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a high market value. Grocery stores in the United States will sell cuts of American Wagyu for $40/lb to $150/lb (€27,6/kg to €103,5/kg).

            1. The place is still open because people are foolish enough to go there and pay ridiculous prices like $600 for NYE. The place is in a ghetto, looks all fancy, and doesnt deliver. Why anyone would go there is beyond me, especially at $600 a pop! Didnt you at least try the place before plunking down $600 for NYE?

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                1. re: eatnbmerry

                  Nah, paying $600 to hang out with a bunch of people I dont know at a bar/restaurant is just absurd to me. I wanna be with people I like on NYE, not a bunch of jobbers at a bar. I teamed up with 2 neighbors and threw a huge bash in my courtyard for 50-60 people. Cost me $170 and 50-60 people had an awesome time with 2 kegs, burgers, dogs, champagne, booze, and a paella. We even had leftovers from the 2nd keg and drank off it all week. Cha-ching!

                  1. re: Blind Mind

                    Your mind does not seem blind to me! I concur completely...NYE is the biggest rip off there is...and for what? To whoop it up with strangers whilst being gouged. Not for me...No senor!

                    For six hunje you could've gotten a lot of booze, stone crabs and filet mignon for you and all your friends & family. Oh, and did I mention champagne?

                    1. re: Blind Mind

                      Well done! And with leftover you saved you can eat some very nice meals to start the new year at great restaurants to boot.

                      1. re: Blind Mind

                        Really good idea. Definitely the best way to spend new years...