Thursday, December 6, 2012
Style File: Where To Eat For Basel
If you're looking for some great food right in the middle of all the Art Basel action this weekend, three new restaurants have just opened up in the Design District. In tonight's Style File, 7's Belkys Nerey shows us where to chow down.
For those who love Miami's longtime staple River Seafood & Oyster Bar, you must check out chef David Bracha's new venture Oak Tavern on Northeast 40th Street.
David Bracha-Owner & Chef, Oak Tavern: "We are going to be doing oysters and some from fresh from the sea dishes that we are known for at River. Southern-style pickled shrimp with fresh herbs, coriander seeds mustard some chilies."
Expect a lot of small plates like charred lamb ribs with tzatziki sauce and mint. David even makes most of the charcuterie in house.
David Bracha, Owner-Oak Tavern: "So we are making Tuscan-style salami by scratch some brazala?"
Scott Wadler-Oak Tavern Customer: "I had the maple cured bacon. This bacon is so good, it's got maple honey on it."
The restaurant is rooted by the gorgeous courtyard with a huge 65 year old oak tree.
Rebecca Kritzer-Customer: "I actually already took a picture of it and Instagrammed it."
Ariel Juver-Oak Tavern Customer: "The way the outdoor and indoor integrate into one, is wonderful."
Just down the street Chef Dena Marino has just opened MC Kitchen for those craving a taste of Italy.
Dena Marino-Chef, MC Kitchen: "The style of the food is modern seasonal Italian. We have nine homemade pasta dishes on the menu. We have a pumpkin tortellini with a Florida rabbit ragu."
Every dish is made with a twist.
Dena Marino-Chef, MC Kitchen: "The piadina is definitely Italian inspired. We have a PLT which is pizza dough baked in the stone oven, then we make a lemon aoli with chicken and pancetta you fold it in half and eat it."
Our top pick is to snag a seat at the sleek bar which gives you an open window to the furniture stores around it.
And for those in need of some southern comfort, South Street is the place to be.
Amaris Jones -Owner & Chef, South Street: "South Street is like going to your mother's house and having a down home soul food meal on Sunday."
Indulge in Chef Amaris Jones' dishes like five cheese mac and cheese, shrimp and grits and baked green tomatoes.
Amaris Jones -Owner & Chef, South Street: "A must-have is the fried chicken, it's free range it's flown in from the Pennsylvania dutch. There is a 24 hour brine. It comes with collard greens and candied yams."
Big tip: South Street is now serving lunch and there will be entertainment on some evenings. You can't go wrong dining in the district.
Extra Basel tips: Oak Tavern has a happy hour every day starting at 4:30 to 7 p.m. our best advice is go early and make reservations. It's gonna get crazy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
45 Northeast 40 Street
Phone: (786) 391-1818
4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
4000 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137