More than just a place to rest your weary head (after party hopping ’til the break of dawn), Miami’s hotel scene is cooking with five newish culinary additions.
The Sushi Lounge
What: Tokyo dining gets Miami-fied with outdoor terraces, trickling fountains, and sea breezes.
Tastes like: Shrimp rolls with asparagus and ground wasabi or a bespoke, chef-chosen meal.
Take: A date who doesn’t mind sharing.
Check out: Warm, lemongrass-infused hand towels, live jazz, and the persimmon mojito as a nightcap.
Check in to: St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour (305-993-3300).
What: Kevin Chun (Sushi Seki) and reality TV spotlight stealer Jonathan Cheban’s Brooklyn restaurant opened a sister spot.
Tastes like: Tuna pizza, kampachi yellowtail, bonito, chopped eel avocado rolls, beef negimaki, sake cocktails, and crepe cakes.
Take: Office cronies; your birthday entourage.
Check out: Peacock-inspired blue velvets, gold accents, glossy teak tables, and gray leather banquettes.
Check in to: Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (305-531-1271). R.S.V.P. to email@example.com.
What: EMM Group’s two-story Miami take on its Meatpacking District seafood restaurant, helmed by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh.
Tastes like: Choose from raw, rolled, cold, big, and grilled items such as Alaskan king crab, Japanese eggplant with kabocha squash and pickled ginger, ceviche, and fried oyster po’boys with sides like bacon Brussels sprouts and Parmesan truffle fries.
Take: The whole fam and your baggiest pants.
Check out: The dessert menu. Banana split with dulce de leche, Key lime donut with rum meringue and coconut sorbet, and a cookie bucket with fried Oreos.
Check in to: The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (305-604-5700).
The Setai Grill and Lounge
What: Executive Chef Mathias Gervais’s French styling melds with chef de cuisine Thomas Griese’s American flair.
Tastes like: Rib eye with black truffle sauce and tomahawk bone-in steak with comfort food sides, foie gras, and caviar with Florida stone crab and creme fraiche.
Take: Your parents or out-of-towners who want to be locals.
Check out: The mother-of-pearl communal table, sizable wine room, and nook-like outdoor seating.
Check in to: The Setai Miami Beach, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (305-520-6000).
What: Chef Richard Sandoval’s (La Biblioteca, Maya) Latin American fare. And by that we mean meat.
Tastes like: Lamb and beef skewers, arepas, caramelized plantains, wild mushroom coca flatbread, and more steak (NY strip, rib eye, filet mignon) than you can imagine.
Take: The guys, your dad, and foodies who snicker at vegetarian diets.
Check out: Dark wood touches and leather seats.
Check in to: InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plz. (305-577-1000).
Photos: Courtesy of The Sushi Lounge; Courtesy of The Setai Grill and Lounge