Gordon Ramsay is rumored to be a really nice guy off-camera. We’ll take that at face value, but we’d definitely love to try Lucky Cat, the celeb chef’s first Miami restaurant. It’s inspired by Tokyo’s 1930s kissas (illegal jazz clubs) and Shanghai drinking dens. Look for signature dishes inspired by regions across Asia, from sushi and sashimi to buns, dumplings, tempura and skewers.
Atmosphere at Lucky Cat
AfroditiKrassa Design Studio plunged this project into a mysterious darkness inspired by underground jazz clubs and a below-the-surface Art Deco vibe.
Small plates at Lucky Cat
“I can’t wait for guests to taste and see everything this fun and vibrant restaurant has to offer,” Ramsay said.
Caviar at Lucky Cat
There’s no lack of luxury here!
Time Out Market vendors, business partners/restaurateurs Chef Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold built Arepitas Bar around a single Colombian dish: the arepa (grilled corn cake comfort food/serving vehicle, super versatile). This “fancy” dish includes arepa de choclo, queso del campo and truffle honey.
Buttermilk-marinated fried chicken at Arepitas Bar
The “Buffalo” plate at Arepitas Bar is crispy chicken stacked with sweet-tangy slaw, classic Buffalo sauce, dill pickles and blue cheese crumbles.
V&E Restaurant Group just opened two Miami locations of Café Americano, an all-day, 24-hour diner with brunchy comfort food merged with late-night temptations, signature drinks and classics like fish ‘n chips, Cuban sandwiches and bacon cheeseburgers.
Diner vibes at Café Americano
Guests pulling up a chair can order all-day empanadas, pastelitos (in guava, cream cheese and guava-cheese), build-your-own bowls and beverages from tropical smoothies to espresso, coladita, café con leche and cortadito.
Rooftop at Café Americano
The roof lights up at night. “Miami is just as nocturnal as Sin City (Vegas), LA or New York,” said Matias Pesce, CEO of V&E Restaurant Group, which even more recently opened Cortadito Coffee House, inspired by Cuban ventanitas and the signature coffee they serve.
Chef-restaurateur Michael Beltran and his team at Ariete Hospitality Group (AHG) have gone from pop-up to permanence with this full-service diner and modern ventanita, set to open soon. Customers can find homey diner classics with a Miami twist, like these pastelitos, at all-day counter seating, grab-and-go selections and a café/lounge area.
Flan at Chug’s Diner
This flan is made with goat cheese, and other cool twists include cast-iron pancakes slow-cooked in clarified butter, a muffuletta-inspired Cuban sandwich, fois gras peanut butter-and-jelly bunuelo and media noche pierogis.
Minuta sandwich at Chug’s Diner
This Cuban favorite fish sandwich is a must-get when in Miami.
Maple & Ash
From Chicago winds to Miami breezes, this steakhouse concept’s culinary roots are in the Midwest, but the lure of Miami was too strong for Chef Danny Grant, who is bringing his talents back to Miami, where he spent some of his formative culinary years. The new Maple & Ash is located at Miami Worldcenter, the largest mixed-use development in the Southeast.
Lounge at Maple & Ash
At Maple & Ash’s original Chicago location, the wine list has received lots of accolades. Here, the wine — and guests — will have room to breathe, with 15,000-square feet of indoor and outdoor space and two floors of seating.
Grant is also opening a Miami outpost of Etta, a neighborhood restaurant that’s earned many fans in Chicago.