Art Basel

Art Basel Week 2015 guide: Where to eat

By Evan Benn

ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

The Lombarda pizza, made with pancetta, gorgonzola and a fried egg on top at Macchialina Taverna Rustica, 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach.
The Lombarda pizza, made with pancetta, gorgonzola and a fried egg on top at Macchialina Taverna Rustica, 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

When Art Basel comes to town, the cellphone of Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (Feb. 25-28), blows up with texts, emails and calls from art-world friends looking for Miami’s hottest tables. Schrager sends them here, a baker’s dozen of his current favorite haunts:

MIAMI BEACH & NEARBY

27 Restaurant & Bar

A casual, communal atmosphere that serves as a retreat amid the hustle and bustle of the beach. Don’t miss Elad’s Shakshuka for brunch, perfectly paired with a refreshing Pimm’s Cup. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727, thefreehand.com

Bourbon Steak

You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here; perfectly executed dishes, every time. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600, turnberryislemiami.com

Traymore at COMO

A light, breezy, invigorating environment with an emphasis on seasonal seafood. 2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3600, comohotels.com

Macchialina

Intimate, rustic Italian; try the creamy polenta and mushroom ragu. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124, macchialina.com

The Forge

Shareef Malnik’s steakhouse and wine bar is always the right mix of classic and trendy. 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach; 305-538-8533, theforge.com

MIAMI & MAINLAND

Bombay Darbar

Authentic, fresh and satisfying Indian cuisine in the heart of Coconut Grove. 2901 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-444-7272, bombaydarbarrestaurant.com

Cena by Michy

If you were pining for Michy’s during Basel last year, you’ll be delighted at chef Michelle Bernstein’s new contemporary setting at Cena. 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-759-2001, cenabymichy.com

Fooq’s

A downtown Miami newcomer taking the city by storm. My personal favorites are the bucatini and Persian chicken. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-2749, fooqsmiami.com

Mandolin

A romantic respite in the continuously growing Design District. I love the lamb burger. 4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-6066, mandolinmiami.com

Proof Pizza & Pasta

Chef-owner Justin Flit’s midtown pizzeria and more is where artists and art lovers can converge for fresh pasta, craft beers and killer macaron ice cream sandwiches. 3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-9562, proofpizza.com

The Seven Dials

Charming gastropub in the middle of Coral Gables. Be sure to get the broccoli salad. 2030 S. Douglas Rd., Coral Gables; 786-542-1603, sevendialsmiami.com

Zak the Baker

A good pit stop while you navigate buzzing Wynwood during its busiest time of year. The avocado toast gives you the burst of energy you need to keep going. 405 NW 26th St., Miami; zakthebaker.com

Zuma

Always a hot scene, especially during Basel, and the exquisite food is a major draw — especially the rice hotpot with wild mushrooms. 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; 305-577-0277, zumarestaurant.com

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