Image Courtesy of Alter.
While the rest of the country gears up for a cold front, Miami has it made. With sunny skies and 80 degree temps, South Florida is the place to be this time of year. And with a slew of notable newcomers from Top Chef alums, James Beard Award-winners, and Michelin-pedigreed toques, it’s time to hit the town. The Resy Hit List has your best bets, so grab a seat.
Because Miami’s Top Chef has ventured out on his own and now everyone’s a winner. The season 13 champ serves up classic French cuisine with a twist, in a hip setting. The nostalgic desserts alone are worth the trip. // South Beach. 786-322-5211.
2/Ghee Design District
Because Miami’s breakout restaurant of the year is twice as nice in its new Design District locale. Opt for the puri puri along with any (and all) of the curries. Order enough for the table; sharing is ideal here.// Design District. 786-636-6122.
3/Stiltsville Fish Bar
Because this seafood-heavy menu is an ode to the good ol’ Florida days. Fresh-from-the-water fish, hearty sides with a Latin twist, and boozy drinks are a winning combination that’ll keep you coming back for more. // Sunset Harbour. 786-353-0477.
Because even though it is still warm out, November calls for pho—and Phuc Yea is the pho pro. Warm, savory, and satisfying, it’s the right kind of spice to keep you warm during those brutally cold 70-degree Miami nights. Pro tip: Don’t miss the $10 Wednesday night specials. // Upper East Side. Book now on Resy.
Because doughnuts are finally having a moment in Miami, and Michael Solomonov’s Philly-imported creations are the star. Among the stellar offerings are made-to-order hot and fresh doughnuts rolled in sugar and a fried chicken sandwich that Miami didn’t even know it was missing. // Wynwood. Walk-ins only.
Because beer and bao buns are a match made in heaven, and Veza Sur proves it. This brewery stands out from the pack with its fruit-forward brews, colorful décor, and an array of bao buns, created by none other than the masters behind the Pubbelly empire.// Wynwood. Walk-ins only.
Because old world glamour can still be found in Miami. Embrace la dolce vita with an Italian meal fit for royalty. Housed in the uber-chic Four Seasons Surf Club, this offshoot of the Michelin-starred Positano restaurant is dripping in luxe. Start with bubbles at the champagne bar, then dive-in on house-made pasta stuffed with truffles, warm buffalo mozzarella, and perfectly seared lamb chops.// Surfside. 786-482-2280.
Because the all-star team behind NIU Kitchen has proven it’s no one-hit wonder. Arson’s charcoal-grilled specialties come courtesy of a Josper grill hybrid; the result is a smokey profile that’s hailed in dishes ranging from the quail “lollipops” to the cuttlefish-filled tagliatelle.// Downtown Miami. Book now on Resy.
9/The River Oyster Bar
Because after years of begging, River Oyster is finally giving us what we so desperately want: brunch. The best meal of the week arrives with lobster toast, blueberry pancakes, creamy grits, and even more satisfying dishes. Best of all? Endless bloody Mary’s and mimosas. // Brickell. Book now on Resy.
Because the culinary darling of Wynwood returns to its tasting menu roots. Expect brand-new 5-course and 7-course options, alongside the pièce-de-résistance: a Chef’s Tasting menu that highlights the proper Alter experience. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
Bonus/Atoboy at Palmar
Because chef Junghyun Park, of acclaimed New York restaurant Atoboy will be cooking a 7-course menu alongside Palmar’s Albert Diaz during Art Basel. The limited engagement pop-up runs from December 9th–10th, so be sure to act fast! Book now on Resy.
Resy is a reservations platform for the best restaurants. This list is our regular update on where to eat in Miami. To get it via email, download and register for Resy today.