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The hottest tables in town for foodies (or the see-and-be seen set).

Cypress Room: Michael Schwartz, whose Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink has anchored the Design District since 2007, opened this small, formal dining room nearby as a showcase for more-ambitious dishes: lamb tartare with quail egg; seared snapper with a sea urchin rouille. Mismatched china, wall-mounted deer heads, and a menu of barrel-aged cocktails keep the atmosphere light. $$$

Eating House: An unassuming space in Coral Gables—10 minutes from the airport—is the setting for exciting cooking by young chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. Dinner is a mash-up of Italian, Asian, and Southern traditions, using modern techniques (pork belly glazed in dashi caramel; tomato salad with frozen coconut milk). The brunch menu’s stoner-joke dishes (Cap’n Crunch pancakes; Tang mimosas) actually work. $$

Khong River House: Lincoln Road is the last place you’d expect to find authentic northern Thai cuisine, but those are real Chiang Mai–style khao soi noodles in coconut-milk broth on the menu. A sister restaurant to the bourbon-and-bacon hit Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong River is done up like a Southeast Asian farmhouse, with tin ceilings, wicker birdcages, and a bar stacked with liquor bottles. It’s still South Beach, after all. $$$

PB Steak: A Fran Lebowitz quote printed on an exposed rafter here—“My favorite animal is steak”—sets the tone at the latest addition to the Pubbelly Group’s mini-empire in South Beach’s Purdy area. Under Edison bulbs and a huge chalkboard menu, locals dig in to tartare sliders, yellowtail-ceviche tacos, and butcher cuts of aged Black Angus. $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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