Miami’s restaurant scene is in a state of perpetual boom these days, with new restaurants opening by the dozen. But just because a place is new, doesn’t mean it’s the best in town. That’s why we have Eat Seeker: a carefully curated list of our favorite brand-new spots (those listed at the top), as well as the MIA stalwarts we simply can’t live without (the bottom section).
Over the winter, we saw a glut of food halls open up, along with new spots from Michelin-starred chefs and pizzas that can immediately lay claim to being best place to celebrate birthday in Miami. Whether they’ve just cut the ribbon, are a classic standby, or just have that stand-out dish, these spots will answer your question of “where should I eat tonight?”
Jose Mendin shows his talents to visitors
Miamians are well familiar with chef Jose Mendin and his Pubbelly empire of restaurants, but despite five James Beard nominations his places hadn’t been huge destinations for tourists. But this new spot in The 1 Hotel along Collins Ave will have our temporary neighbors realizing what all the fuss is about, with Mendin’s trademark mix of Asian, Spanish, and Latin American flavors. The space is the same clean, crisp décor that was here when it was Beachcraft, but the menu is more complex, split among “land,” “sea,” and “fire” sections. Try the pine nut-crusted octopus a la planxa from the sea, jamon iberico-wrapped croquetas from land, and the pork ribs with gochujang sauce for the fire. And bring your wallet. The food here’s great, but it’s definitely priced to splurge.
College and drinking are basically synonymous – after all, what else do college students do on Friday nights? There’s no doubt that each and every college is different, each with their own vibe and culture. And since students students spend so much of their time at bars, their bar of choice says a lot about their school and themselves.
To demonstrate this variety of campus culture and going-out preferences, we asked 44 schools in North America (and a bonus one from India) what their most popular campus bar is, and this is what they were more than excited to share.
From best bars in Boston for college students to dive bars that have mechanical bulls, each college bar is unique, and that’s why the students love it. College bars have become the new place for students to relax after class, to catch up with friends or to have a great night out. They’ve become a second home, and seniors will never forget the first time they puked their guts out or the last time they had a night out with their friends at their beloved bar.
So, you’re out with friends, you’ve had a few drinks, and Kelly suggests “Let’s go dancing!!” But with so many options on any given night for tripping the light fantastic, how do you decide which one has the right vibe?
To help guide you, we’ve selected 16 of New York’s finest places to dance, from a sexy burlesque masquerade to a salsa and merengue bash in Williamsburg. These are the parties that are worth your blood, sweat, and tears — preferably not your blood, though.
1. Best overall dance night: The Rub at The Bell House
149 7th St, Brooklyn
For 13 years, this monthly dance party has renounced the high-profile DJs and VIP bottle service you’d expect from “the best hip hop clubs in NYC,” opting instead for a far simpler formula: an inclusive atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks, and an eclectic blend of music ranging from classic hip-hop and R&B to rock, house, and reggae. Sure, longtime regulars might bemoan how the party’s lost its grittiness since moving from Southpaw to The Bell House, but the change of venue comes with an added bonus: a working ventilation system.