While exploring the lively exhibitions of Miami Art Week, visitors will not want to miss these top restaurants & bars in the vibrant heart of Miami.
Gekkō Brickell Groot Hospitality’s David Grutman and the musician Bad Bunny collaborated on the Japanese-inspired steakhouse and lounge Gekkō, named for the Japanese word “gekko,” which means “moonlight.” Its luxe, moody interiors in rich jewel tones create an intimate, nocturnal atmosphere for elevated menu offerings like innovative sushi, premium steak cuts, bespoke cocktails, impressive wine offerings, and bottle service.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying the Lava and Ice Kumamoto Oysters with watermelon granita and Fresno chili.
COTE Miami Miami Design District The second iteration of Simon Kim’s New York–based Michelin-starred Korean restaurant COTE in Miami was recently awarded a Michelin star. This means the locations are among just two concepts in the U.S. with Michelin stars in multiple cities. COTE Miami features sumptuous meals on smokeless grills at each table, complemented by an esteemed beverage program. Chef David Shim, beverage director Victoria James, and master sommelier Mia Van de Water deliver unparalleled service and a comprehensive dinner and drink menu to remember.
Whitewaller recommends: Joining in on the Art After Dark experience.
Sexy Fish Brickell London’s dining hot spot Sexy Fish recently opened its first international location in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Restaurateur Richard Caring’s opulent eatery features a design concept by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, which puts an oceanic spin on a midcentury brasserie. Sexy Fish’s glamorous clientele will find themselves seated comfortably at vibrant leather banquettes and tables, amid towering interiors that have been outfitted with eye-catching artworks and design elements from renowned artists and designers. Offering fare and entertainment into the early hours of the morning, the Japanese-centric cuisine concept is under the care of the Michelin-starred Chef Director Bjoern Weissgerber, whose menu includes tasty bites for lunch, dinner, late-night outings, and dessert, as well as extensive options for beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails.
– Admire the art by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry’s bespoke fish lamps, which illuminate the bar. – Stick around for late-night entertainment, including costumed performances, music, and more. – Enjoy dressing your best in accordance with the establishment’s dress code.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping in at 4-7 p.m. on weekdays for special sips, snacks, and DJ sets during The Happiest of Hours.
LEKU Allapattah At LEKU, innovative cuisine inspired by the enchanting Côte Basque brings a taste of Europe to the people of Miami. Tucked inside the Rubell Museum, the inviting spot bears influences of its artistic location with an indoor-outdoor seating plan and tasteful pops of color and contemporary art, which accompany beautifully presented dishes by a skilled culinary team trained in the principles of Basque cooking.
Whitewaller recommends: Not overlooking the award-winning beverage program.
Dante’s HiFi Wynwood Dante’s HiFi listening bar is dedicated to analog audiophile music culture and features a vast collection of vinyl records. Inspired by Japanese listening bars, this spot offers a comfortable lounge to discover not only music director Rich Medina’s personal vinyl collection but a constant rotation of world-class DJs and musicians coming through the doors.
Whitewaller recommends: Sipping the Dizzy Gillespie.