Avenue with an Appetite When scene-driven dining like Cipriani forsakes Miami Beach for Brickell, its apparent the latter has arrived. No longer limited to power lunches, its culinary temptations soar along with its skyline. At Lippi, Zumas globe-trotting sister, Philippe Ruiz charms epicureans with his Spanish octopus carpaccio garnished with piquillo peppers. The posh restaurants gleaming décor, reminiscent of a bank, nods to the locales financial heritage. Gaston Acurio transports Limas touted gastronomy to Mandarin Oriental Miami with an outpost of La Mar. His menu feeds the citys ceviche passion among indigenous dishes like anticuchos, Perus answer to kebabs. Meanwhile, Sam Gorenstein also celebrates his native South American shores at My Ceviche. Jacob Anaya, the Mandarins former toque, didnt stray far for his new kitchen at OTC, where he recently launched bimonthly dim sum dinners. After looking around at other hip eateries like The Juice Spot by NBA wife Savannah James and Atelier Monnier for killer croissants, restaurateur Kevin Danilo knew hed found a home for Batch Gastropub. As the Southeasts Manhattan, Brickell isnt just one of the hottest neighborhoods in Miami, but in the country, says Danilo, a longtime resident whose entrepreneurial ears perked up when hearing 200,000 hungry professionals descend there on weekdays. Ready for the crush, his concept dispenses premade, complex cocktails, so customers can enjoy mixology minus the wait. Local ingredients are central, too, with half his 34 beers hailing from Florida.
Skyscraper Style Until designer brands make their debut here, courtesy of Brickell City Centres retail partnership between Bal Harbour Shops and Swire Properties, Mary Brickell Village is tops for wardrobe needs. Tenant Joanna Paige, one of Miamis only independent shoe stores, is a Brickell girls best friend. In addition to Marc Jacobs and Joie offerings, it features exclusive styles from Jeffrey Campbell and previews like this months for Elizabeth and James accessories. OFY caters to the underserved menswear category with Zanerobes Australian street wear and Daniel Wellingtons preppy watches with interchangeable Nato straps.
Condo Mondo A real estate revival along Brickells bay front has spread inland. Aside from Swires multi-tower project that significantly alters the landscape, several residential projects are popping up by 2016. The 44-story Bond on Brickell goes with a British theme complete with a vintage red phone booth parked out front and Terry ONeill photographs on the lobbys leather walls. Residents have homes away from home in poolside cabanas with the works. Le Parc at Brickells 12-floor design by architect Luis Revuelta gives nature lovers treetop views of Simpson Park that are even more majestic while soaking in the rooftop decks whirlpool. A city within a city, NINE offers owners direct access to everyday amenities including a yoga studio and a dog park. They also can shoot down to Mary Brickell Village on private elevators or stroll through the massive pool decks maze of Zen gardens.