Unlike many cities, Miami has boomed over the course of the pandemic. Hundreds relocated to South Florida where restaurants, attractions and retail shops remained open, with Miami’s tropical sparkle seemingly a panacea for all times in lockdown.
“The pandemic caused Miami’s stock value to go up,” said Craig Robins, an actual estate developer who has helped reinvigorate South Beach and other parts of the town in recent times. “Within the Design District alone, there are eight latest restaurants and two hotels under construction. This growth is going on throughout the town.”
The number of tourists are booming too: For the week ending May 21, the variety of air passengers transiting at Miami International Airport was 1,010,657, a rise of 20 percent from 841,892 recorded for a similar period in 2019, based on STR, the hospitality benchmarking analysts. For a similar week, hotel occupancy (or rooms sold) clocked in 345,091, a 14-percent rise from 301,648 booked in 2019.
Here’s what’s latest within the Magic City.
A steakhouse and a strip-mall gem, each Michelin-starred
At Cote, the one Korean steakhouse on this planet to carry a Michelin star, the fun factor is as essential because the beef. The owner Simon Kim opened the Design District location in February 2021 with psychedelic lighting and a red-light dry-aging room that doubles as an art installation. Serious carnivores favor the 10-course steak omakase ($185 per person), which is cooked tableside on smokeless charcoal grills and served with pickled seasonal vegetables. One other popular selection is the “steak & eggs,” a dish of filet mignon tartare and caviar ($58).
In Buena Vista, the 27-seat Boia De from Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer that sits in a sun-scorched strip mall recently received its own Michelin star. The 2 chefs, who, between them, have worked at Scarpetta, Carbone and Eleven Madison Park, prove Tuscan-inspired small plates (from $15) which might be humble and a bit surprising. Crispy polenta sticks with marinated eggplant, and hangar steak tartare topped with tonnato sauce and crispy capers are standout orders.
Eric Demby, the founding father of Smorgasburg in Recent York, brought his open-air grocery store to Wynwood this March when he noted what number of restaurant professionals were in search of work. “We provide food entrepreneurs an enormous public platform,” Mr. Demby wrote in an email, allowing them “to do their very own thing with minimal upfront investment.” The event unfolds each Saturday afternoon with greater than 60 vendors.
But the largest impact on South Florida’s culinary landscape has been the arrival of Major Food Group, the Manhattan-based hospitality outfit known for splashy restaurants like Carbone and Dirty French. Jeff Zalaznick, a partner with the group, was in Miami together with his family when the coronavirus hit there within the spring of 2020. They prolonged their vacation, and Mr. Zalaznick said he saw “a chance to lift the bar, to bring our variety of high energy, positive dining to Miami.”
Major Food Group delivered, with a crop of restaurants whose elevated glamour is matched by sky-high prices. First got here Carbone Miami, which debuted in South Beach in January 2021 and is a collision of Sinatra-era elegance with South Florida flash; dishes include spicy rigatoni ($33) and veal Parmesan ($69). Next, a Miami version of the Tel Avivan dance party that’s Ha Salon with the Israeli chef Eyal Shani, followed by brunch spot Sadelle’s in Coconut Grove with $125 bagel towers. On Brickell Avenue, in a zebra-print and velvet-walled dining room fit for Tony Montana, the Dirty French Steakhouse sells $275 Wagyu Tomahawks — bone-in rib-eye steaks served with your complete rib bone.
Recent art, shopping and concrete greenery
Throughout the pandemic, the Design District neighborhood proved to be as much a cultural hub as a shopping destination. Locals and visitors flocked to the boutique-lined, 18-block area to view public art by Zaha Hadid, John Baldessari, Marc Newson and Buckminster Fuller. Beyond latest shops, there are newly commissioned artworks to go to, including a window installation by the Argentine photographer Lucía Fainzilber, and two murals, “Interdimensional Portal,” by the Afro-Brazilian muralist Criola, and “Baltimore’s finest: Mr. GirlYouCrazy and Dev, 2021-2022,” by Amani Lewis.
The Underline, a civic project in Downtown Miami, is within the technique of transforming 10 miles of barren lands beneath the Metrorail system into native-plant gardens. You possibly can stroll from Miami River to S.W. thirteenth Avenue, taking within the cityscape and functional artworks like Cara Despain’s terrazzo-topped Ping-Pong tables, which speak to rising sea levels.
Hotels influenced by Art Deco and Spanish-Mediterranean revival
Those thinking about a hotel fashioned by the nightlife impresario David Grutman and the artist Pharrell Williams is not going to be disillusioned within the influencer fever dream that’s the Good Time Hotel (rates from $243), which opened in April 2021. Inspired by its Art Deco environs, the 266-room property in South Beach features vintage scalloped bar seating, hand-painted hothouse murals and a 30,000-square-foot pool club (yes, there may be a D.J. booth), which brims with scantily clad, selfie-taking millennials.
Also in South Beach, a former artist’s colony has been reimagined as Esme Hotel (rates from $250). The property runs the length of a city block with its 145 rooms and five restaurants spread across eight Spanish-Mediterranean revival buildings. Fun Fact: Al Capone once ran an underground gambling operation from the property’s predominant constructing.
Twenty-five minutes north of the hubbub of South Beach is St. Regis Bal Harbor ($1,050/night), positioned on a stretch of dune-studded beachfront. Non-hotel guests can tap into a day of tranquillity by booking one in all the property’s private oceanfront day villas.