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Archive for the ‘Upper East Side’ Category

ANDIAMO

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

5600 Biscayne Boulevard
305-762-5751
andiamopizzamiami.com

To date, Andiamo continues to serve one of the best pizzas in an attractive, upscale, modern pizzeria.  All the pizzas are made to order in their brick oven and the ingredients are fresh and the selections are inventive. Bring a friend or two– the pies are 10″, 14″, or 16″.  If you’re not overly carb-conscious, the hot out-of-the-oven parmesan bread and garlic sticks with a warm tomato sauce on the side are scrumptious.  Frankie, one of the owners also serves up a Philly cheese steak named after him and a selection of panini. Free parking available.

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

BALAN’S BISCAYNE

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

6789 Biscayne Boulevard
305-534-9191

balans.co.uk

This London based chain has popped up in locations such as Lincoln Road, Mary Brickell Village and S. Miami Avenue. Balans offers reliable and generous portions of familiar dishes such as wild mushroom linguini, penne all’arrabiata and a chicken, spinach and ricotta cannelloni for the pasta course. Grilled eggplant, smothered in tomato, garlic and aged Gruyere, or a Greek platter satisfy as vegetarian dishes in the appetizer category. Not every dish works, but I highly suggest the double cheese soufflé teamed with mixed greens and a citrus dressing. Steaks come lightly charred and served as ordered. There are occasional glitches in service, but the restaurant is attractive and modern.

Sunday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:00 am

BLUE COLLAR

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

6730 Biscayne Blvd.
(305) 576-0366
bluecollarmiami.com

Daniel Serfer, Chef de Cuisine for 5 years at Chef Allens in Aventura, and most recently, 15th Street Fisheries in Fort Lauderdale, has created a much buzzed-about neighborhood restaurant along Biscayne Boulevard. Now open a little more than a year, he is sending out some ambitious, mouthwatering, if oversized, plates in this tiny (25 seats) interior with an additional outdoor patio. Blue Collar certainly implies the working-class are being catered to, but the crowd is also young singles, and families who are joining the crowd for a sampling of Serfer’s widely varied American comfort food.

Appetizers to “nosh on ” seem the perfect place to start. Do not skip the shrimp and grits, which is outfitted with a Piedmontese trugole cheese charged with chunks of bacon, and a New Orleans style bbq sauce.  It doesn’t get any better than this marriage of flavors topped off with lots of local pink shrimp. What blue-collar meal would be complete without a healthy portion of pork and beans and Berkhire sausage under an oozing egg? While “healthy” as in size, not as in “nutrition,” the menu is heavy on carbs and fried foods. The daily chalkboard always includes: Ribs with warm German potato salad, a “Parm,” that could be chicken, veal pork on angel hair with a red sauce, and a Braise which could be a tender brisket, pot roast or ox tails, accompanied by mash potatoes.

I don’t know of another eatery that offers more than 20 different vegetables, and at recession prices of $4.00 a plate. This is a vegetarian paradise of grilled asparagus topped with blue cheese, roasted butternut squash or fennel, sautéed kale and artichoke hearts in a lemon aioli among others. The choice of crispy snapper with rock shrimp, grilled Cobia, and Mahi Mahi are simple and pleasing local offerings.

Thirteen brews from Delaware to Belgium and some old fashioned sodas, such as orange, or black cherry cream soda, numbers among the offerings. The bread pudding is a popular conclusion to the meal.  Be ready for small tables and close quarters, but it’s recommended over the outdoor patio, which is far too close to the Biscayne traffic.

Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday – Sunday (brunch): 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

MICHY’S

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

CLOSED FOR RENOVATION
6927 Biscayne Boulevard
3
05-759-2001
michysmiami.com

Michy’s is the kind of restaurant where many of the dishes linger in your mind and keep you coming back over and over just to see if your memory played tricks. Michele Bernstein, a former ballerina and previously at Azul downtown, runs this serious eatery alongside her husband David who mans the reservation desk and expertly oversees the somewhat funky, floral dining room.

Trained in classical French cooking, Michele decided to offer innovative, beautifully presented plates in two sizes, more often referencing the New American style. On a recent visit, we noticed the number of dishes offered has dimmished. At the beginning, they took a risk opening this ambitious restaurant in an area of Biscayne bereft of fine dining. But word travels fast and bolstered by her reputation at Azul, Michy’s was an instant success. Now Michy’s only improves with age as she continues her quest for “luxurious comfort food.”

Signature dishes include the jamon serrano and blue cheese croquettas, Peruvian-style ceviche and seared foie gras “n” waffles for  starters.  Falling off the bone shortribs with parsnip potato mousseline or seared halibut with wild mushroom salsify or the pan-seared sole accompanied by sunchoke puree, baby artichokes, preserved lemon and olive nage are all dishes in the “transcendent” category.

For desserts I gravitate to the baked Alaska and Michey’s ethereal bread pudding which are killer endings to an evening at one of Miami’s best.

Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

SOYKA

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

5556 NE 4th Court
305 759-3117
soykacafe.com

The owner, Mark Soyka, originally purchased this warehouse in 1999 to house his collection of vintage cars and one day in 1999 decided to transition it to restaurant status, a pioneering idea at the time.  It has had its ups and downs. We are encouraged by the pleasant staff that greeted us and who related that the restaurant is under new management. A new chef has been hired away from a very popular local watering hole.  This huge, high ceilinged room with massive steel beams  and leather banquets focuses its menu on comfort food.  One recent special was the lobster risotto with crab, peas and saffron and baked pompano with ginger soy.  Happy hour is from 3-7PM and the restaurant is opened daily.

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

SUSHI SIAM

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

5582 NE 4th Court
305-751-7818
sushisiam.com

One side of the menu is Thai and the other Japanese cuisine.  The menus are so extensive-you could order takeout every day for a year and not have exhausted the list. Tempuras, and teriyakis, sushi and sashimi combo plates, every imaginable roll and more are among the headliners.  Flip the menu and you can be further confused and amazed by the exhaustive list of Thai appetizers like spring roll and the centuries old papaya salad to start, and house specialties such as the curries and assorted Pad-Thai.

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

THE DISTRICT

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

190 Northeast 46th Street
(305) 573-4199
thedistrictmiami.com

The District, located several blocks from the ultra chic Design District has been an instant hit with the locals.  The Buena Vista neighborhood lies just north of the Design District and is likewise in the midst of a revitalization of sorts.

A casual mood prevails and this contemporary Pan American restaurant looks like it has always been here. Just off 2nd Avenue, the owners have taken advantage of this leafy quieter local to construct a wrap around outdoor dining patio experience.  But that is only the half of it.  The restaurant is a restored historic home. Contemporary art is installed in a room that is a blend of the old and the new; industrial metal with warm, stripped down brick and wood.  The artist, Juan Rojas has created a dramatic painting in black, white and greys for the ceiling.  Other works enliven the room but it is the menu here that creates the spark.  We started with the tacos, prominently listed on the menu and well worth their placement. Tuna tartar and lobster tacos are a good introduction.  Corvino, cobia and octopus ceviches are fresh and generous in size.

Chef Horace Rivadero worked with Douglas Rodriguez, known as the father of “Nuevo Latino” in America. And Rivadero has assimilated much.  He was voted Food and Wine’s 2012 Best New Chef for the Gulf region.

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am


THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRINK & PROVISIONS

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

5132 Biscayne Blvd
(305) 758-9559
thefederalmiami.com

A trio of Miamians: co-owners Cesar Zapata, Aniece Meinhold, and Alejandro Ortiz, have already experienced success with pop-up restaurant, Phuc Yeal, and Acme Bakery in Midtown. Now they have set up shop in a small strip shopping center on Biscayne and 51st as the Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

This is definitely a neighborhood-meeting place with a relentlessly rustic and funky decor. The mood here is indisputably jeans-casual and retro. Following the trend of modern day gastropubs, the menu is divided into sections by size and sharing is encouraged. The featured jumbo lump crab cake, 3 ounces of crab served with shaved fennel, citrus and spicy remoulade is outstanding. Memorable dishes include the jar-o-duck and the juicy lamb burger with chow chow relish, pretzel bun and goat cheese.  On one occasion, the glazed double-cut pork chop had remained in the oven far too long and was returned to the kitchen. Meat is often served unconventionally. The Wellington, made from short rib not prime beef, comes simmered with bacon, mushrooms, and pearl onions beneath a potpie crust.

Thirteen all American  “Brewskis” and wines from around the world contribute to the convivial atmosphere.  Wait staff is pleasant and accommodating.  The restaurant is closed on Mondays and does not serve lunch.

Tuesday – Thursday: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am -10:00 pm