These four newcomers are must-visits.
LABOR OF LOVE
A Michelin-starred couple unveils Boia De in Little Haiti.
The bar at Boia De
If the neon exclamation mark smack in the middle of a Little Haiti strip mall doesn’t command you inside, the alluring Mad Men-meets-’70s Italy-meets- Miami tropic vibe and permeating smell of rosemary rabbit ragu (star of the parpadelle alla lepre) will. Business and life partners Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer—of the defunct but beloved La Pollita Mexican food cart and whose combined culinary pedigree includes the Michelin-starred Carbone and Eleven Madison Park—are the duo behind gem Boia De. The two met during a stint at The Nomad NYC, and are serving up the same top-notch hospitality at their first brick-and-mortar. Comestibles are simply complex, fused with proper technique and Italian influence. Think pork jowl with fennel jus, “an unexpected flavor bomb that gets everyone in the right place,” says Meyer. Not to be missed: the palate-pleasing broccolini with homemade ranch and bottarga. Or cannelini beans doused in Parmesan broth (made from the rind) and speckled with clams, maltagliati and guanciali. Like everything else on the menu, they’ll have you gasping, “Oh my!” Translation: Boia De in Italian. Benvenuto! 5205 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.967.8866
The Night Owl Cookies Wynwood location is a confectionary (and Instagram) paradise.
An assortment of Night Owl favorites
Think Willy Wonka meets Alice in Wonderland,” says Andrew Gonzalez of the long-awaited Wynwood outpost of Night Owl Cookies. The 3,500-square-foot space is quite the feat for the (2017 Forbes 30 Under 30) college dropout who was baking cookies out of his mom’s kitchen with the help of his 66-year-old Cuban grandmother just six years ago. “Night Owl could have done a small location,” admits Gonzalez. “But beyond a great product, I’m all about experiences and instagrammable moments.” Indeed, loads of neon, sprinkles and lights traversing the color spectrum are the picture-perfect backdrop to Night Owl’s doughy works of art. In addition to the dozen cookie staples (newcomers ought to try the Nutellastuffed Dirty Diana), look out for an exclusive Wynwood cookie that will be—wait for it—liquor infused. It’s Gonzalez’s way of celebrating the first-ever alfresco Night Owl (bar) Garden. “I’m going all out.” Exhibit A: He’s even bringing in new ice cream machines. “Soft serve, ice cream, milkshakes, you name it, we’ll have it.” In classic Night Owl fashion, expect a line out the door. 163 NW 25th St., Miami, 786.360.5011
LIFE OF PIE
DC Pie brings the best of Lucali to Brickell.
Sunset Harbour pizza haven Lucali can do no wrong, though the beloved Brooklyn transplant turned Miami staple doesn’t come easy. I.e., good luck scoring a table weekend nights (reservations aren’t accepted); lunch is nonexistent on weekdays; and flipping 21-inch pies, it’s not the place you frequent as a solo pizza eater. Say goodbye to your pizza problems with the opening of DC Pie in Brickell and South Beach (coming soon). The more casual iteration is dishing out all the Lucali luxuries—kale Caesar, all-beef meatballs and Bay Club wings—only at a fraction of the size, time and cost, thanks to patent-pending proprietary technology that lets you order table-side and pay directly from your phone. Case in point: a 15-inch pie (at $16) will have you in and out in 45 minutes. Unless you decide to linger at Dom’s, that is, named after owner Dominic Cavagnuolo and what he refers to as Bay Club 4.0. “It’s even more sexy with out-of-this-world cocktails, sans the gimmicks,” he says. Yes, there is karaoke, plus daily happy hour. And did we mention pizza? 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786.453.6888
A palm- and neon-studded refuge for tiki cocktails and tropical chow opens in Downtown.
Miami doesn’t need any more tiki bars, said no one ever. Enter Esotico. The latest offspring from the Graspa Group (Segafredo, Salumeria 104) is upping the potable ante with an impressive collection of 230 rums, including partner and tiki enthusiast Daniele Dalla Pola’s own label, Alamea. Pola has a hefty goal to get that number to 365, so you can sip a different rum every day of the year. With that amount of rum, you’ll want to come with your posse and opt for their mysterious Treasure Chest punch of the day (serves up to 10). Lonely drinkers, fret not. Wet your whistle with banana daiquiri slushies, Negronis (from a machine pouring variations of the Italian bevvy) and rum flights. Octopus hot dogs, pupu platters, poke bowls and luau pig for two—courtesy of chef Roberto Dubois (Juvia, Makoto, Azul)—keep you nourished. 1600 NE First Ave., Miami, 305.800.8454
Photography by: BOIA DE PHOTO BY DAVID BLEY; NIGHT OWL PHOTO COURTESY OF NIGHT OWL COOKIES; PIZZA PHOTO COURTESY OF DC PIE; ESOTICO PHOTO COURTESY OF ESOTICO