Where to Eat in Miami Beach During Art Basel 2015

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The newest hot spots and special menus for the swankiest week of the year
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You can rub elbows with the world’s artistic elite at these restaurants and bars in during Art Basel in Miami.

Palmeiras Beach Club
One of Miami’s most famed and secluded locations, Grove Isle (Pitbull is a big fan), has recently redone its hotel, spa, and  restaurant, and is set to open Palmeiras Beach Club in the midst of Basel week on December 2. The new resort, located on the lush island just a quarter mile off the mainland, will offer a myriad of dining experiences from celebrated chef Alfredo Alvarez (who opened the hot spot Seasalt & Pepper on the Miami River last year). The breathtaking main dining room will feature indoor and outdoor seating as well as a 20-seat private dining room, and will present a Mediterranean menu with dishes evocative of the Spanish, French, Italian and Greek coasts.  The restaurant will also offer a Perrier-Jouët Chef’s Table and private dining room that seats up to 20 guests. On the generously sized outdoor patio, Palmeiras will feature a large area known as the Taittinger Lounge where guests can sip cocktails by day or night as they enjoy music, a magnificent ambiance and delicious bites from either the main dining room or a special pool menu.  The opening is so new, this stop will certainly be an adventurous “look and see” for the most curious.

Sunny’s At The Hall/The Surf Lodge
There’s room for two Top Chef contestants in this town (even if they did compete on the exact same season), and Spike Mendelsohn is proving just that at Sunny’s at The Hall (Joie de Vivre’s first‐ever East Coast hotel).  The relaxed restaurant, situated in the newly renovated hotel, is located in the heart of South Beach — offering a great option for a mid-day art break or a late night meal.  The poolside juice bar with fresh drinks (which you can “Spike” of course) is a fitting pick-me-up for afternoon exhaustion.  The food is inspired by Mendelsohn’s travels around the world, particularly the seaside cafes and beach bars he so enjoys. The breakfast, all-day and dinner menus feature dishes like Gulf Coast grilled grouper “Reuben” made with Swiss cheese & sauerkraut; the light and flavorful lifeguard focaccia Myrtos beach-style made with ripe cherry tomatoes, feta, dried oregano, and Greek olive oil on sea-soaked bread; and the Jersey Shore pork roll breakfast sandwich created with ham, American cheese, a sunny-side up egg and root vegetables on a bulky roll. 

Additionally, during Art Basel week, famed Montauk, New York hot spot The Surf Lodge will do a partial takeover of Sunny’s featuring private dinners and parties (if you can get in) as well as a public pop-up shop with brands like Studio 189 from Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, and free Equinox wellness classes Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m.

Talde Miami Beach
Dale Talde isn’t just a two-time Top Chef competitor, he also worked under names like Jean Georges Vongerichten and Masaharu Morimoto, before going on to spearhead one of Brooklyn’s most beloved restaurants, TALDE. Now, the chef and his team have brought their creative take on Asian American fare to the Thompson Miami Beach.  Dig into signature items like pretzel pork and chive dumplings with tahini mustard, the (seriously finger licking) Korean fried chicken with spicy kimchee yogurt sauce, and a truly flavorful whole roasted Branzino, all while surrounded by graffitied walls and contemporary artwork. TALDE also appeals to a unique and cool dining audience who like to eat and drink late into the night, as the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Wynwood Diner
Art hopping in gallery central can get tiring, so when the need arises for a casual but fun bite, check out the new Wynwood Diner. A visually pleasing venue located in Miami's most artsy neighborhood, Wynwood Diner offers a cool new take on the classic American diner. Casual but lively, the restaurant provides a comfortable escape in the midst of the craziness. The multifunctional venue includes three distinct spaces — an indoor diner, a café, and an outdoor patio with music, each featuring a somewhat different vibe. Don’t plan on any eating any overly greasy or bland food here — dishes range from truffled cheese fries to kale and quinoa salad to chicken & waffles to a daily frittatas.  And the cocktails (from Broken Shaker veteran Vanessa Hulsey) are not to be missed. Added bonus for night-hoppers: it’s open late!

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