You haven’t really conquered Art Basel until you’ve crossed these seven experiences off your must-do list:
1. Eat at Stubborn Seed
Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s new South Beach restaurant will be the hottest reservation in town during Art Week. Standout dishes from creative and breathtaking chef’s tasting menu include crispy, puffed potato soufflé with caviar, and smoked foie gras with quince ravioli.
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101 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 786-322-5211; stubbornseed.com.
2. Check into The Sagamore
Come for the posh suites and art-filled public spaces; stay for the annual Art Basel brunch that’s a favorite of Martha Stewart and other famous tastemakers. Nu Deco Ensemble headlines the invite-only party on December 9, when guests can mimosas while wandering through the hotel’s Urban Legends exhibit, featuring works by Banksy, Keith Haring and Invader.
1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-535-8088; sagamorehotel.com.
3. Party at The Nautilus
Subversive fashion designer Jeremy Scott is hosting his Art Basel party with Tidal, Jay-Z’s music streaming service, at the Nautilus hotel on December 7. If his 2014 Moschino Barbie-themed soiree attended by Miley Cyrus, A$AP Rocky, Mr. Brainwash and Paris Hilton is any indication, this is the invite everyone will by vying for. Nautilus promises to be a popular venue all week with a beachfront pop-up nightlife tent and David Montgomery exhibit.
1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-503-5700; sixtyhotels.com.
4. See This Artwork
New York’s Tyler Rollins Fine Art is making its Basel debut in the Nova sector with Filipino artist Manuel Ocampo’s installation of interrelated works exploring the theme of immigration and colonialism. The powerful new piece hearkens back to his early works from the 1990s exhibited at the Venice Biennale and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; artbasel.com.
5. Get Off the Beach
New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the only major American art fair run by a nonprofit, and its razor-sharp focus is on young galleries, emerging artists and underexposed, cutting-edge contemporary art. This year, it’s making the move from the Deauville Beach Resort to downtown’s Ice Palace Studios. Two Miami galleries, Locust Projects and CENTRALFINE, will show alongside international exhibitors, like New York sculptor Carol Peligian.
1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami; 212-594-0883; newartdealers.org.
6. Be Like a New Yorker
NYC pizzeria Artichoke Basille pops up at Ricky’s during Art Week, satisfying cravings for a late-night slice. How late? Until 5 a.m. That means you could consider its namesake pie — artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella, pecorino and romano on a sturdy, crispy crust — for dinner or breakfast.
1222 16th Street, Miami Beach; 786-975-2580; rickyssouthbeach.com.
7. Drink a Top-Shelf Cocktail
Get a sneak peek of The Freehand New York, opening soon in Gramercy Park, when it takes over the Broken Shaker’s cocktail menu during Art Week. Chef Matt Griffin of the hotel’s forthcoming Simon & the Whale will create a special menu at 27 Restaurant.
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; freehandhotels.com.