Father's Day is right around the corner on June 20! Show your appreciation for your dad and take him out to dinner. Miami is a great food town, and no matter what kind of cuisine dad enjoys, there's sure to be something nearby that fits the budget. Check out these new, hip eateries.
Cote is bringing the fun and fire of Korean BBQ to the grand American steakhouse tradition. This Michelin-starred and James Beard-nominated fine dining establishment will greatly resemble its NYC flagship using world-class ingredients in a communal, fine dining atmosphere. While there are plenty of prime cuts to order a la cart, why not get everyone at the table in on the "Butcher's Feast." The feast includes four cuts of USDA prime and American wagyu beef along with a dizzying array of Korean side dishes. There are ban-chan (traditional Korean vegetable sides), scallion salad, savory egg soufflé with kelp, two stews over rice, and soft serve. Add on local mushrooms and seasonal vegetables for an additional charge.
Suppose you want great views in a cool summer breeze, head to the rooftop at Serena. Sitting atop the Moxy South Beach hotel, the open-air space evokes nights out in Mexico City. The Latin-inspired cuisines and drinks are perfect for sharing and being together with family. The agua chiles (citrus, chiles, herbs, and aromatics) are the purest way to experience fresh ceviche and can be made with cobia, scallops, or jumbo gulf shrimp. The sea urchin and blue crab tostada melts away in your mouth, while the squash blossom quesadilla is the essence of early summer. There is also a burger, a club sandwich, and a Cuban for those looking for something a bit more familiar.
Carbone is taking your Italian grandmother's red sauce to the next level. Reservations are available one month in advance for parties of eight or fewer. Cancellations are required before noon on the day of the reservation, or else the party is subject to a $50 per person charge. All proceeds from those charges go to the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty. Many of the dishes on the menu will be very familiar. You see them in Italian kitchens all over, but the team at Carbone has perfected them to the point where even Nonna will be asking for seconds. The spaghetti puttanesca and spicy rigatoni vodka show off all the nuances of ripe tomatoes. The veal parmesan and the chicken scarpariello are cooked to perfection and melt on the tongue.
Chef Morimoto has done it again with Momosan Wynwood. If dad is a fan of Iron Chef, this is the noodle joint to take him to (a noodle joint where you can also get A5 wagyu, mind you). It's the kind of thoughtful, quality cuisine you expect from an Iron Chef. Hot appetizers include succulent soft shell crab bao buns, duck tacos, and twice-cooked, sticky hoisin pork ribs. Cold starters include conch sashimi, poke, or a choice of tuna or salmon tartare. The classic tonkotsu pork broth ramen is rich and creamy. Slurping is encouraged. Help dad feel fancy and encourage him to order the wagyu pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup with an aromatic beef broth, soft noodles, and scallions. Customize your noodles with extras like marinated bamboo shoots, soft-boiled eggs, and dried seaweed—pair all of that with one of Morimoto's signature beers.
Abba Televivian Kitchen
Abba (which means 'father' in Hebrew) is the joint venture of two fathers that wanted to combine the Israeli, Turkish, Greek, and Columbian cuisine of their upbringing. Both Tel Aviv and Miami are cultural melting pots which means Abba Televivian Kitchen is right at home in South Beach. Dip warm, fire-baked pita in matbucha (fire-roasted peppers, tomato, and Aleppo) or creamy babaganoush to start. Both are a steal at $6 a pop on the sunset menu served 4-7 p.m. There are few things as Mediterranean as whole fish. Abba serves a local roasted fish with tahini, olive oil, sumac, and arugula salad and a whole branzino with a preserved lemon tapenade, which is perfect for picking off bits of crispy, salty skin.
Cerveceria La Tropical
Does your father love craft beer and delicious bar food? With roots in one of the oldest breweries in Havana, Cuba, Cerveceria La Tropical is the newest hip spot in Miami for upscale bar bites and freshly brewed beer. For Father's Day, order dad one of the two core beers, either the "Suave IPA" with exotics notes of mango and lime or the Amber Lager, which is balanced with noble hops and a clean finish. One of the coolest offerings at Cerveceria is the opportunity to skip the keg and get a pint of beer fresh out of the tank. Each menu item comes with a color-coordinated symbol to let you know which beer pairs best. Small bites include Latin staples like warm chicharrones and plantain chips, while the tapas are more filling with options like ham croquets or a Cuban sandwich.