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Feb 25, 2009 11:55 AM

South Beach for 2 nights - want great food and good scene

wife and i are staying at mandarin for 2 nights starting tmrw - ny foodie, who wants good scene as well as good food. not looking for too young of a crowd, but just a great vibe with killer food.

any and all reccs are appreciated.


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  1. You could try:

    Loftin's @ Casa Casuarina (former Versace Mansion) -


    Meat Market on Lincoln Road

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    1. re: Sobe4u

      IL Gabbiano is a fantastic Italian place (former IL Mulino NYC owners) that has opened recently not far from your hotel (5 mins)... also great for lunch, right on the water.

      Casa Tua is another Italian spot with perhaps the best service in town... nice chow, esp. the pastas. Great atmosphere, sort of clublike. There is a private club upstairs. Lots of Euros here.

      1. re: WineAG

        "Clublike" is not how I would describe Casa Tua.

        OP will get what he wants with a visit to Azul (delicious food and in his hotel) and Prime 112 (scene + good food). I haven't been to Meat Market yet but reviews by posters here would indicate that it would fulfill OP's criteria as well.

      2. re: Sobe4u

        Loftin at Casa Casuarina has killer ambiance, and the food is good (albeit special occasion expensive) -- i enjoyed lobster fricassee and risotto trio (truffle one was the best)
        if you do the hotel tour and have a meal, the tour price is reduced to $39
        chef Dale Ray has a great resume having trained at Citronelle and Inn at Little Washington

      3. Not for nothin, but the Mandarin is not on South Beach. Its a good 10 minute cab ride over the causeway. Will you have a car or are you open to cabbing it around?

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        1. re: Blind Mind

          have car or may cab it.

          gonna hit azul tonight in hotel and thinking meat market tmrw.

          or should i go to prime 112 for steaks instead?

          1. re: mark r

            Unless you wanna get hosed on price, stay away from Prime 112. The food is above average at best and the prices are high. Doesnt compute. I go there for the apps and the bacon at the bar. Thats about it. I really enjoyed my trip to Meat Market, even if it was way over the top, so Id recommend it.

            1. re: Blind Mind

              Meat market is at least as expensive as prime 112.

              1. re: tpigeon

                Its expensive but P112 is 10-20% higher and not as good. Scene is more lively at MM too.

                1. re: Blind Mind

                  I was not overly thrilled with meat market's steak. Lacked flavor. I would rather go to prime. The non steak dishes at prime are superior as well.

        2. -Prime 112 and Joes stone crab. Two amazing resturants. went to prime italian which is right across the street last weekend and was great as well. The kobe beef cheesesteak was top 10 tastiest things I have ever eaten, only a appetizer but something that needs to be tried

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          1. re: acharness

            you want a side of scene with your steak? go to Fontainebleau--Hakkasan , Scarpetta and Gotham....