Wine n Dine Co-Founder Josh Stern Shares His Miami Guide

Discover an insider’s guide to Miami where you can find all the details on where to go for every occasion by Josh Stern, founder of Wine N Dine.

Paying by phone is now even easier – and delicious! Wine n Dine, a technology restaurant company, has just rolled out its contactless payment to full service Miami restaurants! Customers use the QR code provided by the restaurant at the bottom of their check and can choose between various mobile payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay or credit card. Not only is this payment option a secure way to check out, but it’s also much faster and easier. An expert in the field, Josh Stern, Co-Founder and CEO of Wine N Dine, gave us his gourmet guide to eating in Miami, including some of his favorite cocktails, date nights, and more!

Favorite Italian places:

Carbones

49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / website

Stern’s menu options include cult favorites, spicy Rigatoni vodka, Caesar alla ZZ salad, and eggplant and zucchini scapece starters.

Portosole

2530 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables / website

“One way to know how good an Italian place is is to see if Italians dine there. There are a lot of Italian customers in Portosole, ”explains Stern. He finds the place as authentic as in Miami and says the Tonnarelli al Cacio e Pepe is a must!

The seagull

335 S Biscayne Blvd., Biscayne Bay / Website

Stern’s insider tip is to order the pasta sampler, because three are always better than one! Pasta samplers are usually not an everyday menu item. Take this opportunity to treat yourself to something.

Macchialina

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach / website

Your House

1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach / website

Favorite sushi spots:

Uchi

252 NW 25th St, Wynwood / Website

Mr. OmaKase

163 SE 1st St., Downtown Miami / Website

Hiyakawa

2700 N Miami Ave., Wynwood / website

The cave in Azabu

161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach / website

Blue ribbon sushi

336 21st St., Miami Beach / website

Favorite places based on plants:

plant

850 Commerce St., Miami Beach / website

According to Stern, the plant-based Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll with Spicy Ahi Watermelon beats any crispy fish-based rice roll! He also mentions that you can’t forget to order the Torched and Pressed roll with avocado miso truffle icing.

The natural

7289 NW 2nd Ave., Little River / Website

Though not entirely vegetable, Stern says all pizzas are a must, and you can’t forget the tomato platter topped with kumato, citrus, and tarragon.

Pure Life

959 West Ave., Miami Beach / website

With a mostly plant-based menu, Pura Vida is the perfect place for healthy nuts or if you are looking for a healthy alternative with salads, sandwiches, bowls, smoothies and much more.

Raw juice

112 Madruga Ave., Coral Gables / website

Stern’s insider tip is to arrive there before 2 p.m., before the delicious oat bowls are sold out!

Market at EDITION

2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / Web site

Favorite date night spots:

dōma

35 NE 26th St., Edgewater / Website

Osaka

1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Brickell / website

Forte dei Marmi

150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach / website

Call me Gaby

22 Washington Ave., Miami Beach / website

Bellini at MR C Coconut Grove

2988 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove / Web site

Favorite cocktail spots:

Gypsy miami

3500 Collins Ave., Miami Beach / Web site

THOUSAND

1636 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach / Website

Joia Beach

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami / website

Baia Beach Club

1100 West Ave., Miami Beach / Website

All-round favorite places:

Mandolin Aegan Bistro

4312 NE 2nd Ave., Design District / Website

Stern is one of the best desserts in Miami and recommends the baklava.

Kyu

251 NW 25th St., Wynwood / Web site

Stern’s must is the Japanese sweet potato with white miso and black sugar.

Photography by: Portrait shot: Avi Gill
Other photos courtesy of Wine n Dine

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