4 Indulgent Additions to Miami’s Food & Drink Scene That You Need to Try
These four newcomers are a must see.
WORK OF LOVE
A Michelin-starred couple unveils Boia De in Little Haiti.
The bar at Boia De
If the neon exclamation point in the middle of a mall in Little Haiti doesn’t cast its spell on you, you’ll encounter the seductive tropical atmosphere of Mad Men-meets-70s Italy-meets-Miami and the pervasive smell of rosemary-rabbit-ragu (star the Parpadelle) alla lepre) becomes. Business and life partners Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer – the late but popular Mexican food truck La Pollita, whose culinary pedigree includes the Michelin-starred Carbone and Eleven Madison Park – are the duo behind the jewel Boia De. The two got to know each other during a stay at The Nomad NYC and offer the same first-class hospitality during their first stationary operation. Food is just complex, fused with the right technique and Italian influence. Think pork cheeks with fennel jus, “an unexpected taste bomb that gets everyone in the right place,” says Meyer. Not to be missed: the palate broccolini with homemade ranch and bottarga. Or cannelini beans doused in parmesan broth (made from the shell) and sprinkled with mussels, maltagliati and guanciali. Like everything else on the menu, you’ll gasp, “Oh my god!” Translation: Boia De in Italian. Benvenuto! 5205 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.967.8866
The Night Owl Cookies Wynwood location is a candy (and Instagram) haven.
A selection of Night Owl favorites
Think Willy Wonka meets Alice in Wonderland, ”says Andrew Gonzalez of Night Owl Cookies’ long-awaited Wynwood outpost. The 3,500 square meter space is quite an achievement for the college dropout (Forbes 30 Under 30 2017), who six years ago baked cookies from his mother’s kitchen with the help of his 66-year-old Cuban grandmother. “Night Owl could have made a small place,” admits Gonzalez. “But beyond a great product, it’s all about experiences and instagrammable moments.” In fact, tons of neon, sprinkles, and lights criss-crossing the color spectrum make the perfect backdrop for Night Owl’s doughy artwork. In addition to the dozen cookie staples (newcomers should try the Nuttyastuffed Dirty Diana), look out for an exclusive Wynwood cookie that – wait – is fortified with alcohol. This is how Gonzalez celebrates the first outdoor revelers garden. “I’m going out everything.” Appendix A: He even brings new ice machines. “Soft ice cream, ice cream, milkshakes, you name it, we will have it.” In classic night owl fashion, expect a line out the door. 163 NW 25th St., Miami, 786.360.5011
LIFE OF THE PIE
DC Pie brings the best of Lucali to Brickell.
Sunset Harbor Pizza Port Lucali can’t go wrong, though the popular Brooklyn transplant that made Miami a staple isn’t easy. Ie good luck in achieving a table weekend evening (reservations are not accepted); There is no lunch on weekdays. and turn over 21 inch cakes, it’s not the place you often find yourself as a solo pizza eater. Say goodbye to your pizza troubles with the opening of DC Pie in Brickell and South Beach (coming soon). The more casual iteration is to distribute all of the luxuries of Lucali – kale caesar, beef meatballs, and Bay Club wings – for just a fraction of the size, time, and cost, thanks to the patent-pending proprietary technology you use to table-side ordering can and pay directly from your phone. Case in point: a 15-inch cake (for $ 16) can get you on and off in 45 minutes. Unless you choose to stay at Dom, that is, named after owner Dominic Cavagnuolo and what he calls Bay Club 4.0. “It’s even more sexy with extraordinary cocktails without the gimmicks,” he says. Yes, there is karaoke and happy hour every day. And did we mention pizza? 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786.453.6888
A palm and neon-strewn hideaway for tiki cocktails and tropical chow opens in downtown.
Miami doesn’t need tiki bars anymore, nobody ever said. Enter Esotico. The youngest offspring of the Graspa group (Segafredo, Salumeria 104) is expanding the drinkable use with an impressive collection of 230 types of rum, including the own label of partner and Tiki enthusiast Daniele Dalla Pola, Alamea. Pola has a strong goal of bringing that number to 365 so you can drink a different rum every day of the year. With this amount of rum you should come with your group and opt for the mysterious treasure chest hit of the day (for up to 10 people). Lonely drinkers, don’t fret. Wet your pipe with banana daiquiri slushies, negronis (from a machine that pours variations of the Italian bevvy), and rum flights. Octopus hot dogs, pupu plates, poke bowls, and a luau pig for two – courtesy of Chef Roberto Dubois (Juvia, Makoto, Azul) – keep you fed. 1600 NE First Ave., Miami, 305.800.8454
Photography by: BOIA DE PHOTO BY DAVID BLEY; NIGHT OWL PHOTO COURTESY BY NIGHT OWL COOKIES; PIZZA PHOTO COURTESY BY DC PIE; ESOTICO PHOTO COURTESY BY ESOTICO