Miami Beach Poolside or Waterview for Lunch
What is comfortable these days on the beach? How is the Gansevoort?
The Standard is really nice for lunch. Remember being pretty happy with my pannini, and beside myself over the surroundings.
Comfortable? Dunno. Firewalk with me -
The Ganesvoort is improving by leaps and bounds. They've set up airwick strips to get rid of residual Pub odors and now serve sushi at the adult's only pool deck on the roof. Nearby, dining poolside at the Raleigh is lovely and the "stay and suntan" opportunity is a BIG plus. On the west shore, lunch at the Standard is tranquil but service can be tranquilizing. The patio out behind Smith & Wollensky is fun if you fancy drinking a bit too much and mooning the afternoon cruise ships as they pass (we did this - don't)... You can ALMOST see the sea from the Front Porch on Ocean and I like to breakfast there and pretend I am a tourist. The snacks are greasy and the drinks are strong at Shucker's on the 79th St Causeway. I wish the sexy vibe they have perfected at Boteco could be combined with the view at Shucker's - but it ain't happening. Barchetta near by is also a great view and a not so great kitchen - but drinking by the Bay is always delicious. Way more upscale is the Setai, Maison or the a very fun Hookah Happy Hour weekends at the diLido Beach Club (RCSB) with decent tapas and a free drink to boot! Midrange, the two pools were recently redone at the Marriott on 2nd and Ocean and drinking poolside there is always pleasant - quiet and breezy.
I need to stay home more often.
Try the View Bar at the Regent Hotel in Bal Harbour. The new tapas menu starts tomorrow, and you can also order from the One Bleu lunch menu which we tried last week and was wonderful.....great moules and garlic toast. The view is amazing and you can sit out there for hours and no one will bother you. It's our number one spot for outdoor dining because of the view and the food.
I agree with AG. The Ritz Carlton South beach is definitely one of the best spots w/ a view on South Beach. The National also has a really nice spot with a beautiful pool view.