A new restaurant, The Jim and Neesie, has opened at Generator Hostel and Hotel Miami, the first U.S. outpost of a chain of hostels headquartered in London.
The European company plans to expand to more locations in the United States and tapped local talent Gui Jaroschy (of the award-winning Broken Shaker, The Anderson) and chef Daniel Roy (Stubborn Seed, Matador Room) to head up their food and beverage programs. Jaroschy explains the name of the restaurant comes from a “cool, eclectic couple” who are “living their best lives.”
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A dimly lit and intimate dining room flanks the hostel’s refurbished lobby (which still has echos of its original 1940s era South Beach condo feel). The space is outfitted in quirky touches like brick walls, light fixtures made of wine bottles and framed family photos.
Funky floor tiles and greenery keeps things feeling fresh and sophisticated while a well-stocked bar churns out craft cocktails and drinks served tableside. Be sure to walk around the property afterwards, or stop for a nightcap at the outdoor pool bar called Driftway.
Be prepared to eat
The restaurant features eclectic American cooking. Roy has created a menu that borrows from global influences and tweaks comfort food staples like pasta and roasted chicken.
Prices are reasonable and the menu is concise with starters $7-$16 and larger mains $16-$30.
Start off with small plates of crispy papas bravas with a shishito romesco dip or the charred asparagus topped with a crispy poached truffle egg.
There’s an obligatory kale salad and here it comes with sherry trumpet mushrooms and spiced pecans while a charcuterie board is good for noshing with cocktails.
Heartier appetites can be satisfied with a burger topped with Grafton white cheddar, seared prawns with salsa verde and a cacio e pepe topped with shaved truffle and lemon zest.
It’s no coincidence that the vibe here is reminiscent of The Freehand and we’re glad this new hostel/hotel will be another great spot for locals (and visitors) to grab a well made cocktail with top notch food.
The Jim and Neesie
3120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140