New Years in Miami
I'm going to be in Miami for new years with some guy friends. We're looking for a good restaurant with fun bar scene (or restaurant and bar combo near each other) around South Beach to ring in the new year. We are late 20s/early 30s. Any suggestions? We'd prefer not to do the club scene. Thanks in advance.
It's tough not to get fleeced on NYE at restaurants.
A place that fits your description is Meat Market, which is a modern steakhouse on Lincoln Road with something of a lounge-y feel to it. The late seating is $245/pp for a 3-course dinner, which is awfully steep for what you get.
Maybe a better option might be Sushi Samba - I think, if I read their website right, they're doing a slightly abbreviated version of their normal menu, with a $30/pp surcharge for the late seating. Michael Bloise is the chef there now and is a talented guy.
Not so much of a bar scene, but good food and a nice place, Sardinia is doing a $100/pp NYE special (fixed menu only for the late 10pm seating; regular menu for earlier 6pm and 8pm seatings).
If you're willing to venture off the beach, Sugarcane in Midtown is another place with good food and a good bar scene and I think they're basically running a slightly shortened version of their regular menu on NYE (and no surcharge that I'm aware of).