Food & Drink

Oak Tavern Plants Itself in the Design District

The giving tree

oak tavern!

Burger, fries, beer, and apple pie a la mode at your same old, same old has lost its thrill.

Branch out at Oak Tavern, opening tomorrow.

David Bracha (411, River Seafood & Oyster Bar) has a newly rooted restaurant in the Design District dishing small plates of contemporary American cuisine, such as charred lamb ribs with kale pesto, yogurt, and mint; spit-roasted suckling pig prepared out back; and gnocchi with rabbit-truffle sausage (of course).

Equal parts chef and tree-hugger, Bracha transplanted a 30-foot oak from Palm Beach to anchor his 50-seat patio, and accessorized the space with greenery for a garden-of-eatin’ effect.

Sip one of eight beers on tap, including Florida’s own Mile Marker 82 IPA, or a specialty drink such as the Casa Noble Margarita (tequila, cactus pear juice, lime, honey) in the shade of that tree, or inside at the reclaimed-wood communal table or oversize bar.

It’s the kind of place that really grows on you.

Oak Tavern, 35 Northeast 40th Street (786-391-1818 or oaktavernmiami.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Oak Tavern 

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35 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137