10 New Restaurants to Check Out in Miami, December 2020

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10 New Restaurants to Check Out in Miami, December 2020

When the coronavirus shutdown hit Florida, many restaurateurs opted to turn off the burners entirely out of concern for the well-being of their families, staff, and customers while some remained open for delivery and takeout. Last week Miami-Dade country Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez released Phase I draft guidelines.

The New Normal Guide outlines the following:
  • Restaurants may operate at no more than 50% of its capacity for indoor dining, while also being able to use outdoor space for seating.
  • Restaurants can host up to four diners at the same table together while maintaining three feet between each other. However diners from the same household can sit up to six at a table and don't have to observe the three-feet rule.
  • Physical distancing and wearing masks (even homemade cloth masks) will be strongly enforced.
  • Tables must be spaced three feet apart and can only be 26-32 inches wide.

Planta Queen

Planta Queen - 3015 S Grand Ave. Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Planta has made its way inland to the Grove. The sister restaurant of Miami Beach’s popular vegan eatery Planta has set up shop in Coconut Grove’s newly revamped Cocowalk. The stunning eatery boasts plant-based food with an Asian twist like vegan nigiri, maki, and sushi; scallion pancakes, coconut ceviche, truffled fried rice, and more.

Website: Plantarestaurants.com

Over Under

Over Under - 151 E Flagler St. Miami, FL 33131

The wait is finally over, This long awaited bar and eatery that was 3.5 years in the making has quickly become a Downtown Miami favorite new quirky hangout in just a few months time. Offering well-crafted cocktails, booze-filled slushies, and a menu filled with items like a much buzzed about burger that is akin to a high-end Big Mac, vegan Jamaican patties, and sour orange pie.

Website: overundermiami.com

Wave at 1 Beach Club

Wave at 1 Beach Club - 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Take a break from the big city and soak in some serious Tulum vibes at this new restaurant, lounge, and beach club at the 1 Hotel Miami Beach. The expansive outdoor space, which is open to members and non-members alike, features sprawling daybeds, beach-friendly fare like a mezze platters, salads, ceviches, and even a weekend Barefoot Brunch.

Website: 1hotels.com

MAYAMI Mexicantina & Bar

MAYAMI Mexicantina & Bar - 127 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Reminiscent to a plaza in Mexico city, the team behind Wynwood favorite El Patio, introduces a massive Mexican eatery that offers the same festive feel. The eatery offers unique Mexican-inspired dishes like beef tartar al pastor; tacos filled with ingredients like chicken tinga, salmon carnitas, sashimi, and pork adobo; ceviches; alongside larger dishes like whole branzino and filet mignon, plus insect-infused Mezcal shots and clever cocktails.

Website: MayamiWynwood.com

La Tiendita Taqueria

La Tiendita Taqueria - 218 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

We are no stranger to walk- upw windows here in Miami. However, the walk u[ windows at La Tiendita will be offering margaritas instead of cafe and croquetas. Newcomer La Tiendita sells the frozen cocktail classic, that can be made spicy, low-calorie, or with mezcal, along with a variety of Mexican eats like tacos, quesadillas, flautas, burritos, and chilaquiles

Website: Latienditataqueria.com/

Hiyakawa Miami

Hiyakawa Miami - 2700 N Miami Ave #5 Miami, FL 33127

Debuting to rave reviews, This much anticipated Wynwood sushi restaurant by chef partner Shuji Hiyakawa, best from his popular eatery Wabi Sabi, has finally opened their doors in the Magic City. The menu is an homage to Japanese cuisine with a variety of a la carte fried dishes, soups, appetizers, and seasonal sushi, nigiri, and handrolls offered by the piece. But the star of the menu is the omakase meals, which rings in at $175 per person, and offers three appetizers, 12 pieces of nigiri, one maki, miso soup, and dessert.

Website: Wabisabibyshuji.com/

The Doral Yard

The Doral Yard - 8455 NW 53rd St Suite 106, Doral, FL 3316

The team behind Wynwood Yard is back with their latest creation: The Doral Yard. Pivoting due to the pandemic, the team has activated Doral’s Main Street with seating and activations while offering five new pop-up eateries that guests can order from via a QR code or The Doral Yard app and have brought to their table. Food outposts include della bowls, Paletas Morelia, Santo Dulce Churros, un pollo, Yip, and The Bar at The Yard.

Website: Stephensdeli.com/

Kush by Stephen’s

Kush by Stephen’s - 1000 E 16th St, Hialeah, FL 33010

A year after taking over operations of longstanding Hialeah outpost Stephen’s Deli, the Kush team has revamped the space making it a mashup of the two offering “greatest-hits” from both the original Stephen’s Deli and Kush. Think items like matzoh ball soup, the Reuben, and the Rachel, alongside Florida alligator bites and Kush’s popular frita. Plus, a new bar menu has been added with tongue-in-cheek cocktails such as the Sex on The Sofa affixed with a faux-condom wrapper.

Website: Stephensdeli.com/

Tran An

Tran An - 215 NE 82nd St Miami, FL 33138

The brick-and-mortar spot of Politan Row’s popular Vietnamese outpost, this cozy 20-seat spot offers a more expanded menu with several variations of traditional Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, pho soups, broken rice and vermicelli noodle bowls, salads, and more.

Website: Trananmiami.com

Hachidori Ramen Bar

Hachidori Ramen Bar - 8222 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

As Miami heads into its “cooler” months, it’s official ramen season. Luckily for us, a newcomer dedicated to the Japanese favorite has debuted in Little River offering a variety of options made in traditional and vegetarian varieties. Pair it with a bottle of sake and a variety of izakaya-style bites and guests can have a top-notch cozy meal.

Website: Hachidoriramen.com/

Ornos Estiatorio

Ornos Estiatorio - 19565 Biscayne Blvd Ste 946 Aventura, FL 33180

A Greek-inspired newcomer from mega-chef Michael Mina, Ornos Estiatorio boasts traditional fare from the Greek isles, plus Miami’s first-ever fish sommelier. Dine on Mediterranean classics like lamb shoulder, grilled octopus, and classic spreads such as tzatziki, hummus, and roasted eggplant, and wash it back with plenty of Greek wines.

Website: Michaelmina.net/