Miami's newest restaurants make it deliciously difficult to stick to your New Year's resolutions.
Oyster bar Mignonette launches Uptown with dishes like (clockwise from top) CBGB brown oyster stew; fancy cod with yucca, oysters, Champagne, and caviar; Buffalo scallops; swordfish with beluga lentils, turnips, and wild mushrooms; and gem lettuce salad.
ATTACK OF THE OYSTERS: MIGNONETTE UPTOWN Miami’s most talked-about oyster bar is getting even more fancy and taking over the iconic ’80s Gourmet Diner chef Daniel Serfer used to frequent in high school. Yes, there will be a sea of bivalves to slurp, but also unexpected offerings like oyster bacon stew, buffalo scallops, and barbecued octopus. Fret not—the spicy mascarpone bread pudding has gone uptown, too. 13951 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
NOT-SO-DRY JANUARY: STEFANO’S This legendary lounge—a Key Biscayne staple since the ’80s—has undergone a cocktail resurrection thanks to the Cocktail Cartel guys. Sip on more gin and tonics than you can probably handle (each one inspired by a celebrated painter) or libations with lemon verbena and an absinthe rinse (Crandon Park Sour, anyone?) and dance the night away. 328 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-361-7007
Bohemian hangout Nina’s House.
TACO-BOUT IT: NINA’S HOUSE The Confidante’s Salty Donut pop-up might be gone, but taking over the tucked-away poolside bungalow is Nina’s House: a bohemian hangout mixing fresh-pressed cocktails (try the Seahorse, with mango, strawberry, rosemary, lemongrass, silver tequila, and Luxardo maraschino), street tacos from Richard Hales, and live, local music Thursday through Saturday. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-424-1234
Wood-grilled chicken with savory bread pudding, mustard greens, pine nuts, and currants at Michael Schwartz’s Fi’lia.
CARB DREAMS COME TRUE: FI’LIA Michael Schwartz is at it again; this time, the James Beard Award winner is revisiting his gastronomic roots. “I’ve been cooking Italian for 10 years,” he says. But don’t for a second expect spaghetti and meatballs. Instead, Schwartz is dishing out regionally inspired Italian in the form of warm brandade, puttanesca pizza, pork tonnato, and a tableside Caesar with croutons made to order. 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-912-1729
Cream Parlor will sate your craving for nostalgic comfort food.
SUGAR RUSH: CREAM PARLOR Sometimes you just need home-churned ice cream, cookies from scratch, and baked sweets like Grandma used to make. Say hello to Cream Parlor, a nostalgic comfort eatery and creamery dishing out tuna melt tartines, iced Nutella lattes, and insane ice cream and red velvet white chocolate cookie sandwiches. You can start working on that New Year’s resolution tomorrow… 8224 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-534-4180