Basel week = massive crowds, contemporary art and tons of excuses to party. All that requires a lot of fuel along the way. Below are some of our quick picks for Basel dining, organized by neighborhood.
Home to most of the off-Beach satellite fairs, these neighboring hoods have become quite the dining destination in the past year or two (Design District more than Wynwood). Grab gourmet pizza to go at Joey’s (2506 NW 2 Ave, 305-438-0488) or Pizza Volante (3918 N Miami Ave, 305-573-5325), linger over tapas as Sra Martinez (4000 NE 2 Ave, 305-573-5474) (we’re still dreaming about the pan con tomate) or dine al fresco on contemporary American at Michael’s Genuine (130 NE 40 St, 305-573-5550) or Grass (28 NE 40 St, 305-573-3355). Feeling Italian? Head to Fratelli Lyon (4141 NE 2 Ave, 305-572-2901) or Mai Tardi (169 NE 39 St, 305-572-1400). Chef Creole (200 NW 54 St, 305-754-2223) dishes out moderately priced fried conch and oxtail while the Lost and Found Saloon (185 NW 36 St, 305-576-1008) serves up burritos and quesadillas. Grab a gourmet burger to go at gourmet food truck A Chef’s Burger (330 NW 29 St, 786-344-5825)
Not exactly the city’s most booming neighborhood, Downtown is making a pitch to define a “Media and Entertainment district” centered around the Arsht Center. Should you find yourself in the area, check out the eclectic Urbanite Bistro (62 NE 14 St, 305-374-0662) for juicy burgers (UB was reviewed this week by Victoria Pesce Elliott) or venture inside the Arsht Center to Prelude by Barton G (1300 Biscayne Blvd, 305-357-7900) for a two-course lunch or three-course dinner featuring the likes of tomato & watermelon salad, skirt steak and seared red snapper. Also nearby are pinchos, croquettes and sushi at Mia at Biscayne.
The heart of the Basel action lays in the northern half of South Beach at the Convention Center. Dining options abound all over the island. Click here for a full list and read on for a few of our favorites. La Sandwicherie (229 NE 14 St, 305-532-8934) for a quick grab-n-go (don’t miss tuna on a croissant), Shoji (100 Collins Ave, 305-532-4245) for sushi out of the limelight, Prime 112 (112 Ocean Drive, 305-532-8112) or Prime Italian (101 Ocean Drive, 305-695-8484) for steak and a scene, BLT Steak (1440 Ocean Drive, 305-673-0044) for an oceanside filet, Joe Allen (1787 Purdy Ave, 305-531-7007) for a neighborhood refuge (and burgers you’ll think about the next day), Meat Market (915 Lincoln Rd, 305-532-0088) for a Lincoln Road repast, Burger N Beer (1766 Bay Rd, 305-672-3287) for a shout out to the city’s burgeoning burger boom and Philippe (2305 Collins Ave, 305-674-0250) for soup dumplings.