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Best new restaurants in Miami this fall

Miami’s food scene continues to grow like never before, and these are the new this restaurants that have entered the South Beach scene – and stay tuned, there are a few more to add to the list in the coming weeks.


Photo credit: Felipe CuevasLocated on the iconic Ocean Drive, meet Dalia brings a new culinary concept to the neighborhood: innovative Mediterranean cuisine. Led by Charles Kabouth, Danny Soberano and Ricardo Tabet of INK Entertainment, North America’s leading lifestyle and entertainment company, Meet Dalia is the first of five restaurants and bars to open that INK will bring to the South. Florida. “We are delighted to expand our portfolio in Miami with the opening of Meet Dalia,” said Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of INK Entertainment. “Meet Dalia will bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to Ocean Drive with an exceptional menu featuring the freshest ingredients and an incredible dining experience.” The menu celebrates modern Mediterranean dishes by fusing the best ingredients from around the world, preparing a selection of classic coastal dishes with a signature touch like Fattouch with pomegranate vinaigrette, a fresh and flaky Branzino in a crust and a walnut galaktoboureko. coconut for dessert. The design nods to the building’s art deco heritage while paying homage to its essence through antique plaster jewelry, lavish lighting fixtures, and neat Turkish rugs. Meet Dalia is located at 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.


Miami's Best New Dining Destinations Photo credit: Christian Santiago PhotographyLocated inside the Thesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables, Or not, is a modern restaurant with an open kitchen concept, led by nominee James Beard and the best new Food & Wine chef in 2020, Chef Niven Patel. Or not offers guests a true farm-to-table experience using local ingredients from Chef Patel’s own farm, Rancho Patel. The restaurant offers New American cuisine with the best selection of meats and seafood. The wood-fired culinary creations are complemented by specialty cocktails inspired by literary classics which can be enjoyed in the main dining room or in The Library, Or not‘s hideaway living room and private dining room. Or not is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Miami's Best New Dining Destinations Photo credit: Seth Browarnik / WorldRedEye.comAnother notable new restaurant is entering Miami’s iconic Fifth South neighborhood. Jia, a modern Chinese club restaurant, offers fine Cantonese-style cuisine and eclectic elegance to the neighborhood. Local restaurant veteran, hospitality entrepreneur and owner of Jia, Ken Ray was thrilled to be a part of the booming neighborhood. “South of Fifth’s First Street has become a true culinary destination with powerful brands like Carbone, Estiatorio Milos, Papi Steak and Prime restaurants, all with some of the country’s most successful groups behind them,” Ray told Haute Living. “Good Chinese food is an extremely under-represented category in Miami Beach, and with the massive influx of New Yorkers and West Coasters into the neighborhood, now is the time for Jia,” he adds.

The dining destination is the first to introduce fine Chinese cuisine to the region, led by award-winning, internationally renowned Executive Chef Weng Choon “William” Lai, with notable expertise in the modern Cantonese culinary arts. One of Jia’s most notable dishes is Chef’s Master Char Siew, an iconic honey-roasted pork dish, representative of the authentic Chinese barbecue culture that has long been a staple of tradition in the chef’s hometown. Weng Choon. But, it’s not just about the food. Jia’s cocktail program is led by acclaimed and internationally renowned local bartender, Michael Parish. The design mimics Jia’s bold personality and inherent cultural definition of appreciation and affection while celebrating the fusion of Chinese, art deco and tropical style. Fusing contemporary gourmet Chinese cuisine, an exclusive cocktail lineup and an element of high-end dinner club entertainment, Jia redefines the upscale dining and nightlife experience in South Beach, located at 808 1st St, Miami Beach.


Miami's Best New Dining Destinations Photo credit: Michael PisarriDavid Grutman, the founder of Groot Hospitality, which includes nightlife restaurants such as Komodo, Papi Steak, and Swan, once again amazes Miami’s dining scene. But this time with a more relaxed concept. Like all Grutman properties, the new Winker’s Diner is a deeply personal project for Grutman, embodying a heartfelt nod to a shared atmosphere and experience. “Winker’s is my version of a classic neighborhood restaurant, the kind you’ll find all over America,” Grutman reveals. “Our location [on Miami Beach’s Alton Road] is at the perfect intersection of a residential neighborhood and a place where you find a lot of tourists in Miami. That said, whether you are a local or a visitor, Winker’s was created to feel familiar and welcoming. The restaurant is bursting with nostalgia with its retro color scheme, teal Pullman leather booths, and tan metal accents, all while blending in perfectly with the current Miami Beach vibe. The 240-seat outpost, open day and night, offers classic fare like all-day breakfast platters and deli-style sandwiches enhanced with the Grutman elevation, plus personal and fun touches on the menu like Dave’s Pastrami or Beckham’s Fish & Chips. “This is the kind of place where you can stop almost on autopilot, knowing that you’ll get great comforting, easy-going food, a chilled cocktail, or even a delicious milkshake,” Grutman adds. Winker’s is located at 1575 Alton Road, Miami Beach.

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