5 New Restaurants in Miami to Try in August

by Kathy Buccio | July 23, 2019 | Food & Drink Feature

With Ember, Tigertail + Mary, Wynwood Kitchen, BiCE Cucina and El Tucan all opening in Miami in recent months, the city's restaurant scene is en fuego. More on those five hot hotels here:

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El Tucan

Ember, Miami Design District
The Design District just got a lot hotter with Brad Kilgore’s newest bistro concept, Ember. Chef Brad Kilgore’s wood-fire-concept bistro, Ember, is opening its doors right below his other popular Asian haunt, Kaido. It’s an homage to his hometown culinary roots, so expect both classic and modern American fare cooked over an open fire and grill with a Kilgore twist. Housed in the Paradise Plaza of the Design District, diners can opt to sit in the palm tree-lined patio and people-watch while feasting on everything from aged steaks to flame-broiled desserts, or grab one of the six exclusive seats at the chef’s counter. Start salivating over dishes like charred prawn cocktail with Thaibird cocktail sauce, celery leaf salad and oven-baked ravioli. Also expected to be a winner—the n’duja and buffalo ricotta with Calabrian tomato jam. 151 NE 41st St., Miami, embermiami.com

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Ember

Tigertail + Mary, Coconut Grove
Michael Schwartz delivers a bohemian tropical oasis to Coconut Grove with Tigertail + Mary. Tigertail + Mary is taking a walk on the wild side, but not in typical Miami fashion. Instead, James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz is getting wildly creative with his newest concept, located on the crossroads of Tigertail Avenue and Mary street. You’ll feel right at home in this lush neighborhood retreat for relaxed American cooking. Expect lots of fresh veggies and thoughtfully sourced proteins. Not to be missed: the coddled egg with lobster and mushrooms, suckling pig with charred ramps, and charcoal-grilled artichokes. As for cocktails, BarLab’s Springtime Sour (vodka, birch-infused Dolin Vermouth, charred mango honey, lemon juice and Greek yogurt) is a must. The menu also offers a thoughtful variety of local beers and natural wines. 3321 Mary St., Miami, 305.722.5688, tigertailandmary.com

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Tigertail + Mary

El Tucan, Brickell
Step into Brickell’s wild side at the newly remodeled restaurant and lounge for all things glitz and glam at El Tucan. Dinner and a show just took glam to new heights with the recently revamped and reimagined El Tucan. The upscale dinner party experience, packed with sexiness, global beats by the resident DJ and outstanding performances, is bringing the house down in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. The restaurant and lounge oozes Miami tropical chic with its animal-print and palm leaf decor, all while maintaining a vibrant, sophisticated party scene unique to Miami nightlife. The Asian-inspired cuisine just got new items on its menu, like pork belly bao buns, chicken wing lollipops and Chilean sea bass satay. Drinks, like the signature Lychee Rose Martini (paired with a perfumed rose water, the martini includes Absolut Elyx Vodka, Soto Sake, lychee juice and rose buds) and The Magic Carpet (infused with jasmine, gin and fresh pears), are just as high-energy and innovative and invoke all the senses. Prepare to be shook. 1111 SW First Ave., Miami, eltucanmiami.com

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El Tucan

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Wynwood Arts District
Come to Wynwood Walls for iconic visuals—and a kitchen serving up latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails. It’s hard not to be wowed by the ambiance and space at veteran hot spot Wynwood Kitchen. Whether it’s the ropa vieja empanadas or the Shepard Fairey murals, Wynwood Kitchen continues its reign as the see-and-be-seen locale in the heart of Wynwood. The Tony Goldman brainchild is a visual dining experience that fuses flavorful global cuisine from pork belly to vaca frita (and so much in between), all while showcasing a worldly influence of local and national street artists like Santiago Rubino and Christian Awe, and where the masses descend during the iconic Art Basel Week. Go full immersion and grab a seat on the restaurant’s patio, where you are front and center in the Wynwood Walls. The mojitos will taste so much better with a side of street art. 2550 NW Second Ave., Miami, wynwoodkitchenandbar.com

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BiCE Cucina, South Beach
The Estefans’ famed Cardozo South Beach reopens with an Italian twist: BiCE Cucina. After an extensive (and expensive) renovation, the Ocean Drive landmark finally reopened. In previous incarnations, the hotel served as the ideal set-in-Miami movie set (see The Birdcage and Something About Mary), but its newest interior is crisp, white and pure vacation luxe. On the ground floor you’ll find the global Italian trattoria chain BiCE Cucina. Expect classics such as osso bucco, lobster tagliatelle, ravioli Massaia, lobster salad, veal Milanese and a branzino served with the most delicious olives this side of the Mediterranean. It’s an ideal lunch spot overlooking Lummus Park where you’ll see plenty of models strutting in bikinis and, of course, yellow Lamborghinis. Because while you may be enjoying the finest of Italian dining, you are, after all, still on South Beach. 1300 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 561.502.4461, bicecucinamiami.com

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