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Central Fare at Virgin MiamiCentral {600 Northwest 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami; 305.521.4837}

Flat Lay, Central Fare

The most central and connected food hub in Miami just debuted in the heart of Downtown: Central Fare at Virgin MiamiCentral brings together a variety of delicious eateries within steps from Brightline, soon-to-be Virgin Trains USA, the metro mover, Metrorail, and future Tri-Rail.

Central Fare offers exactly what you’re craving, whenever you crave it. This diverse food hall brings together known Miami favorites and new concepts under one roof, including World Famous House of Mac; CAO Bakery & Cafe; PF by Delicatessen Patagonia; Rosetta Bakery; Bucks Crepes; and, anchor restaurant, La Estación American Brasserie by Juvia Group. Not to mention the amazing eateries coming soon: Art de Vivre, Kuenko, 800° Woodfired Kitchen, and more. No matter where you’re going, Central Fare is always the perfect stop.

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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Debuts Feugo Y Mar {1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 786.276.4000}

The much-anticipated reopening of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is finally here—and it brings an exciting new dining option: Fuego Y Mar. Having a name that translates to “fire and sea,” this concept taps into Miami’s dynamic reputation as a cultural melting pot. The stars of the show? The best meat and seafood torched to perfection, and core flavors and dishes from places like Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia. The genius behind this concept is none other than French-born Executive Chef Anthony Le Pape, who worked in some of the top kitchens in Europe, on Disney Cruise Lines, throughout the Las Vegas hotel scene, and at Marriotts all over the world before helming the kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

At Fuego Y Mar, Chef Le Pape shocks diners with innovative twists on breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites. And no matter what they order, guests can expect a distinctly Latin-Miami flair. Think: the Guava Waffles Pastelito with whipped cream cheese, Lobster Guacamole with queso fresco, Sugarcane-Guava-Glazed Heritage Pork Belly with a tangerine habañero mojo, and even a Mojito Cuban Flan served with Bacardi rum cake and caramelized plantain wafers. Pair the exceptional food with the hotel’s pool and Atlantic Ocean views (seen directly from your seat at Fuego Y Mar), and needless to say—your night will be pretty, well, fuego.

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Lido Bayside Grill does Izakaya {40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.245.0880}

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is sacred ground. It has the best happy hour, there’s a co-ed spa with a Turkish-style hammam, and it has a Belle Isle location that makes it feel decidedly remote—making it a top spot to hob-nob with Miami’s trendsetters. Enjoy a relaxing day on Biscayne Bay, or simply drink frosé by a bayfront pool, unbothered, all year long. If that’s not enough to draw you in, go for the food. Just in time for fall, The Standard has unveiled an exciting new restaurant concept centered around the Japanese tradition of the izakaya.

Following the success of a series of culinary pop-ups, like The Standard’s popular ramen pop-up this past spring, the resort’s signature restaurant, Lido Bayside Grill, has been reimagined as a limited-run izakaya residency that will stay open through the end of 2019. Often compared to a Japanese tavern, izakaya represents a style of dining where friends and family gather together, share drinks, and enjoy a smorgasbord of umami-packed Japanese bites or tapas served family-style. The operation is led by Executive Chef Daniel Herget, who has overseen the Lido Bayside kitchen since 2018 and who is no stranger to Japanese cuisine. In fact, before coming to Miami, Herget opened Nashville’s critically-acclaimed Otaku Ramen, and after that, Little Octopus; the latter of which fused Japanese, Caribbean, and Latin American flavors.

Inspired by The Standard’s spa-like ethos and idyllic waterside views, the izakaya menu is packed with locally-sourced, seasonal fish and ingredients, including an extensive raw bar and seafood-centric dishes that are chilled, fried, steamed, grilled, and more. And while this pop-up might be new and different for the immediate area, The Standard still wants guests to come to the restaurant and do what they’ve been doing there for years: eat good food, drink good drinks, watch beautiful sunsets, and live their best lives with their favorite people.

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By Jennifer Agress, a contributing writer

Fontainebleau {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.538.2000}

Fontainebleau is a beacon of Miami glamour for many reasons, one of them

The Fontainebleau

The Fontainebleau

being the amount of fine-dining options under one roof. Dive into the bold Asian flavors at Hakkasan; have a tête-à-tête over French cuisine at La Côte; indulge in the rich Italian cooking at Scarpetta; and finally, top off your night at Fontainebleau’s latest venture, Michael Mina 74, part restaurant and part ultra-lounge set inside one of the hotel’s former clubs. fontainebleau.com

Avalon Hotel {700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.538.0133}

Located on one of Ocean Drive’s busiest blocks, the Avalon Hotel is an icon of Art Deco glory. It also happens to house one of South Beach’s most iconic

The Avalon

The Avalon

restaurants, A Fish Called Avalon, which epitomizes everything you’d ever want from a dining experience in Miami. avalonhotel.com

JW Marriott {255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; 305.421.8600}

The JW Marriott has a secret: Drakes. This lounge has the feel of a private club, where only Miami’s most powerful and elite congregate, but it’s every bit as inviting as you’d expect for a restaurant at the Marriott. marriott.com

SLS Hotel South Beach {1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.674.1701}

Such an emphasis was placed on dining at the SLS that the hotel forewent a lobby, choosing instead to greet guests with the sumptuous smells of small plates from the kitchen of The Bazaar by José Andrés. Beyond that, the doors to Katsuya lead to one of the most tantalizing sushi experiences ever to hit your taste buds. sbe.com

The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club {1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.674.1160}

Whether you’ve headed to Maxine’s for a post-party burger or you’re just starting out your night with drink specials and Korean barbecue at Fung Ku, The Catalina never fails to provide a fabulous ambience and great food. Just remember: What happens at The Catalina, stays at The Catalina. catalinahotel.com

The Setai {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.520.6000}

The Setai

The Setai

An air of mystery may surround The Setai upon first inspection, but one bite into any dish from The Grill or The Restaurant and you’ll realize quickly that these establishments are so grand, they need no name to be recognized. thesetaihotel.com

The Four Seasons {1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami; 305.358.3535}

Whether you come for happy hour on EDGE Steak & Bar’s rooftop terrace, or you’re slicing into a juicy cut of meat in the restaurant’s bustling indoor dining area, there’s no doubt that EDGE is one of the best establishments to have happened to Brickell Avenue. fourseasons.com

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne {1 Lincoln Road, Miami; 786.276.4000}

One need not go to Mexico for an authentic Mexican dining experience. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne houses Cantina Beach, an intimate outdoor oasis where you can dine under a breezy tiki hut and pair your meal with the perfect tequila as recommended by the restaurant’s tequilier. ritzcarlton.com

Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach {101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.938.4600}

No time spent in Miami is complete without a solid meal at a Cuban establishment; with a vibrant ambience, an extensive cocktail and food menu, and a prime location on Ocean, De Rodriguez at the Hilton Bentley is one you must try. hilton.com

The Essex Hotel {1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.534.2700}

The Essex House is a boutique hotel in Miami Beach done right, especially when it comes to dining at Zen Sai, the Asian fusion grill located within its Art Deco walls. Whether sipping on sake or enjoying any of the restaurant’s delectable seafood dishes, a meal at Zen Sai is everything right about Asian cuisine. essexhotel.com

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

There are myriad restaurants facing the ocean, but surprisingly none with an actual ocean view. DiLido at The Ritz-Carlton is the only fine dining establishment on Collins to boast this view, which is comparable only to the restaurant’s perfectly crafted menu. ritzcarlton.com

The Biltmore {1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; 858.311.6903}

Two concepts anchor the world-class Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables: Palme d’Or and Fontana. At Palme d’Or, an upscale ambience welcomes guests both

The Biltmore

The Biltmore

local and distant, serving Chef Gregory Pugin’s Michelin-starred French cuisine that “has a twist of modernity to it.” At Fontana, the hotel’s courtyard restaurant, Chef Beppe Galazzi dazzles with local and farm-fresh ingredients, rounding out an Italian-inspired menu for any meal. We love Palme d’Or’s flaky Chilean Sea Bass, and Fontana’s potato-ricotta Gnocchi. biltmorehotel.com

The Conrad {1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami; 305.503.6500}

Located within the Conrad Hotel, Atrio is cozy and intimate, save for the grandiose view of Miami’s skyline. The choice cuisine is locally-sourced and sustainable, from the produce to the fish, and the option of sitting within the restaurant’s wine room for a private tasting with friends makes this a definite Magic City gem. conradhotels3.hilton.com