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One solo dinner within walking distance of St. Regis Bal Harbour?

travelmad478 Feb 24, 2012 08:18 AM

I'll be there next week and won't have a car (although I don't mind walking a fair way). Cuisine should be chow-worthy; price is not important. I am traveling on business so can spend whatever I feel like--that is, I can eat in the hotel restaurants--but my normal taste skews toward to the ethnic end of the restaurant spectrum. Any and all suggestions welcomed!

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  1. 2top RE: travelmad478 Feb 24, 2012 08:34 AM

    Emilio's Trattoria
    1088 Kane Concourse
    Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154

    (305) 865-8989

    1. The Chowfather RE: travelmad478 Feb 24, 2012 11:13 AM

      Walk across the street to Makoto

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        travelmad478 RE: The Chowfather Feb 24, 2012 11:30 AM

        Looks intriguing, although as a longtime resident of the land of Stephen Starr (Philadelphia area), I have gotten used to his places being more about the decor and the scene than the execution of the food. How would you characterize Makoto in that context?

        Also, as a solo diner on a Wednesday, do I need to book a table in advance?

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          tpigeon RE: travelmad478 Feb 24, 2012 12:03 PM

          Jean George's new place just opened up in your hotel. I have not been but it is very convenient for you. If you go, let us know what you think.

          I like the food at Makoto but am not as big a fan as most people on this board.

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            The Chowfather RE: travelmad478 Feb 24, 2012 01:21 PM

            You should have no issue getting a seat at the sushi bar or a table without a reservation. The sushi is very good as are the non sushi offerings. My only gripe would be price wise.

            There are two new restaurants at the St Regis, J & G Grill and Atlantico. I have not tried either yet but they may be worth looking into as well. Save room for dessert as the pastry chef is a super star

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              tpigeon RE: The Chowfather Feb 24, 2012 01:55 PM

              Pastry chef at the grill or atlantico?

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                The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Feb 25, 2012 05:02 AM

                Antonio Bachour is overseeing desserts for the entire facility and has 20 or so pastry cooks under him. That being said, the Atlantico appears to be the way to go to really experience his desserts.

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            2top RE: The Chowfather Feb 24, 2012 04:48 PM

            Of course Makoto, 3 of us went for the first time on Valentine's Day very, very good. Every dish a hit.

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              dlgc RE: 2top Feb 25, 2012 03:24 AM

              Another vote for Makoto. It is all about the execution of the food. We think it's better than Nobu. As a resident of Bal Harbour, Makoto is hands down the best restaurant in the area.

              Enjoy your stay at the St Regis, it's a beautiful new addition to our Village.

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            travelmad478 RE: travelmad478 Feb 25, 2012 08:11 AM

            Thanks all! I really appreciate the help. I'll be back at another conference in Miami (South Beach) in May, so I might just come back for more assistance!

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              MishiMiami RE: travelmad478 Feb 26, 2012 07:11 PM

              J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour is spectacular....Jean George Vongerichten's new place. Make reservations early...they book up three weeks out, but if you're a guest, the concierge may be able to get you in. A great new Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurant called Le Pine just opened two weeks ago on Kane Concourse (96th street). Food is delicious. Lebanese owner, authentic. Outdoor dining right now is gorgeous, too. It's just down the street from Emilio's, another hit and best Italian outside of Florence. Books up quickly, so make reservations. Have fun!

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