Thursday, September 21, 2006
Style File: Karu & Y
The makeover of Miami is in full effect. In a matter of weeks, the nightlife downtown is going upscale. Not only is the Carnival Center opening, but, at a hot new hangout, the art and atmosphere almost upstage the food. Seven's Belkys Nerey gives us our first look inside in today's Style File.
WSVN -- Toto, we're not in South Beach anymore.
Click your heels together, leave behind the hustle and bustle of the beach and settle inside Karu & Y, a sanctuary of art and cuisine in downtown Miami.
Marguerite Gil: "I can't believe how beautiful. It's a work of art, a work of art."
Karu & Y is a restaurant and lounge that officially opens next month and will cater to the new performing arts building crowd.
The idea: Have dinner or drinks, then head to the thea-tah.
Kristin Catasso: "So, if they come and dine with us, have the prefixed menu, they park for free here and we will then chauffer them to the performing arts center."
But the show is just as good at Karu.
It's like a museum with eye-catchers at every turn.
From a sparkling Chihuly chandelier to a Venini glass sculpture by Venetian artst Massimo Catasso.
Massimo Catasso: "This is all made of glass. This is 3,500 pounds of glass and steel. Everything is made by hand, everything."
The food is also a masterpiece, and the table linens are fit for a queen, created by the designer to the Queen of England.
P.S., even the wait staff is decked out in couture.
Marle Weiss: "It's amazingly elegant, the decor is incredible. A little more than South Beach. This is something we haven't had, this is like New York for real ... in Miami."
And if you just want to party, step on over to the Y Ultralounge.
You can have tapas or just hang out and have drinks with friends.
Bartender: "This is the pistachio drink. This is by far one of our most popular drinks, it's actually a dessert drink."
Angelica Lang: "You can be a couple coming in for a evening out to get away, as well as good place for singles to come and hang out at the bar."
Whatever your reason, Karu & Y is a Monet worth seeing.
Belkys Nerey: "Karu & Y will officially open October 10th, and Totem and Tottem Gardens, their outdor venue for concerts and special events, will follow later this year."