January Openings

Loosen up your buttons – 2010 is prime time to eat & explore…

  • Lunch with the ladies – and the gents – at Hotel St. Michel’s recently opened Gaetano Ristoranate. Italian skews highbrow at the revamped Gables outpost, with a  menu featuring the likes of bacon-wrapped scallops, fettuccine al ragu Bolognese and pan fried swordfish with Sicilian ratatouille. 162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables; 305-422-6796
  • Korean style BBQ (pictured), fresh noodles and Filipino egg rolls arrive in Midtown via fast-casual Sakaya Kitchen. Chef Richard Hales (Mandarin Oriental Miami) promises al natural meat, poultry and seafood, organic dairy, fresh produce and house-made egg rolls, pickled vegetables and spice rubs. Buena Vista Ave, Suite 125, Miami; 305-576-8096
  • The SushiSamba gang brings a raw bar and tapas-style Asian/Latin feast to Midtown courtesy of Sugarcane, scheduled to open next week. The 4,200-square-foot space features indoor and outdoor dining and three kitchens (robata, hot kitchen & raw bar). 3250 NE First Ave, Miami; 786-369-0353
  • House cured bacon fingers and truffle burgers laced with parmesan arrive on the Beach courtesy of Bliss Burger Bistro & Lounge. Located in the old Café Maurice space South of Fifth, the restaurant skews highbrow burger with a menu featuring suggested wine pairings. Non beef lovers will appreciate veggie, turkey and tuna options. 419 Washington Ave; Miami Beach; 305-674-1277
  • Cafeina brings the first full liquor license to Wynwood – never a bad thing. Come to mingle, sip martinis and nosh on executive chef Guily Booth’s crab cakes, mini kobe burgers, tuna tacos and shrimp lollipop. 297 NW 23 St, Wynwood, 305-438-0792
  • Sneak preview: The rhythm arrives in Broward this spring as Gloria and Emilio Estefan open a Bongos Cuban Café at the Seminole Hard Rock. Billed as a “Cuban supper club,” the space features indoor and outdoor dining, tiered seating, upholstered banquettes and a 25-foot open display rotisserie. Fan of Bongos (Miami, South Beach & Orlando locations)