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The Forge restaurant closed for renovation

2top Apr 27, 2009 03:25 PM

According to the Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/break...

  1. HabaneroJane Jun 19, 2010 01:10 PM

    not a fan of the new menu, which is all over the place and a step below Barton G food, or the new vibe. feels like an old age home dining room. something's missing. love the wine system and the bar and the library room, but miss the old Forge.

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    Barton G Restaurant
    1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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    1. re: HabaneroJane
      Frodnesor Jun 20, 2010 12:41 PM

      I've only had one meal there since they've reopened but I enjoyed it, even if the food was a bit hit-or-miss. The menu is somewhat unruly, but makes a bit more sense if you both know the Forge's history and its new chef Dewey Losasso, as it's really got a lot of both of them. Dewey's always been somewhat all over the map, he's unafraid to throw things together that might not make sense - sometimes it works, other times not as much, but at least I admire that he's willing to do something different.

      The fig & white bean dim sum, and the lobster hot pot with a matzo ball didn't quite work for me, and the mushroom risotto and the short rib were only OK, but we really enjoyed the citrus cured wild salmon, the coffee-rubbed ribeye steak & eggs, a very good burger, and the favas with wasabi caviar. I'd eat a dozen meals there before going back to Barton G - way more than a dozen actually.

      I'm still on the fence on the redecoration - it's all the blond wood which sort of throws me, even if it does lighten up the room. And I'm sad there are no longer birds in the bathroom (though I'm sure the birds are happier).

      More thoughts on my first visit to the new Forge here ->
      http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

      1. re: Frodnesor
        HabaneroJane Jun 20, 2010 01:46 PM

        we had the mushroom risotto which was like eating caulk. the short rib, also, agreed, was ok. also had the tuna, which was less than ok. the only decent thing was the old school super steak, which we've been eating since myer lansky was still around. :) not impressed by dewey but will always have a special place for The Forge even if it's nothing like it used to be. Have to say the bathrooms were a vast improvement!

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      mrmagee Apr 29, 2009 09:28 PM

      guess its as good a time as any to renovate, not that i think it needed, the kitsch was half its appeal.

      1. Rondo Apr 27, 2009 06:23 PM

        Miami Danny will be crushed. . .
        \sarcasm

        The one time we ate there on one of our trips, it was ok, not great, but I wasn't expecting great. Does "closed for renovations" mean the same thing in Miami as it does in Philly ?

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        1. re: Rondo
          HabaneroJane Apr 28, 2009 08:21 AM

          http://blogs.herald.com/scene_in_the_...

          1. re: HabaneroJane
            Rondo Apr 28, 2009 12:20 PM

            thanks for the link. I wonder if Las Vegas is taking action on whether it will really re-open in 6 months? What if it re-opens but everything, including the menu, changes? Is it still The Forge? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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              tpigeon Apr 28, 2009 01:47 PM

              I think it will reopen. My guess is they have owned the spot mortgage free for decades so they are not hutring for money.

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            landonr Sep 24, 2010 06:44 PM

            Not sure what it means in Philly, but it's back open. I was there last night. It's much better. No "scene" anymore. Still great food, though they have new cook I think. Added wine machine. Makes it more fun and interesting. As usual, decoration is unique. Had a great time.

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            The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar
            432 W. Forty First Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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