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What To Expect In Brickell In April 2017

A look at what is to come in Brickell during April 2017. 

Swire Properties Inc., Simon Property Group, and Whitman Family Development have partnered with Special Olympics Florida to host the first annual Shopping Olympics at the Brickell City Centre on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (4 PM to 9 PM). Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed with a shopping passport with 20 spaces: When a purchase is made at the store designated to a space, the shopper will receive a stamp of “completion.” Shoppers who secure 20 stamps will be eligible to enter the Shopping Olympics raffle whose prizes include a one-week Norwegian vacation for two, a two-night stay at EAST, Miami, and more.  Click here for ticket information.


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Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31.

Menu Trotting with Chef Wolfgang Birk continues in April at Area 31 with Northern Italy and the Spanish Basque Country. During the evening, chef will craft limited-edition menu offerings from the globally curated culinary regions. The four course meal is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $20 per person. The Menu Trotting series will be available from Monday through Sunday on the last week of the month. Upcoming April dates and regions include:

Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 – Northern Italy

Monday, April 24 – Sunday, April 30 – Basque Country/Spain

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Modern OM is hosting a mass meditation at Brickell City Centre on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) at 8:45 AM. In addition to raising the community vibe, specific retailers will be hosting Earth Day-related perks and activations. The day’s schedule runs as follows.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Doors open and tea served

9:20 AM – 10 AM Earth Day Meditation, led by Luchi Estevez and Jennifer Grace

10 AM – 11 AM Opening of Modern ŌM Popup Store

Click here to RSVP.


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New Brickell Restaurants To Try Now

These recently revealed restaurants are Brickell’s new fantastic four. From buzzed about pizza to reimagined Japanese, we recommend visiting these spots as soon as possible. 

Mister O1

“That famous hidden place” with the infamous name change has opened a second location–Brickell’s Mister O1 (formally known as Visa O1) outpost sits on South Miami Avenue, not far from Mary Brickell Village. That means no more schlepping to Miami Beach for a bite of their star pizza or loaded calzone. A Wynwood location is also coming soon.


The River Yacht Club has opened Dashi, a progressive Japanese concept backed by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa–a protégé of Iron Chef Morimoto. The waterside restaurant features delicate but delicious hot and cold plates, including mouth-melting white fish karaage and an equally lovely sea bass miso. Don’t skip dessert, either: Sesame chocolates and a tofu custard are delightful finishes. (Feature image: Scallops and caviar)

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

A taste of South Africa has come to Brickell City City with Big Easy Winebar & Grill. The joint venture between Ernie Els (the former world’s top golfer who was affectionately nicknamed “The Big Easy” due to his stature) and Grove Bay Hospitality Group. The bustling bar flaunts multiple TVs while the dining area keeps things warm and inviting with amber lighting. Order up the bison, risotto, and flatbread to leave feeling satisfied.


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Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

YAKU by La Mar

YAKU by La Mar is now open on the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s northern terrace. The outdoor space emphasizes Peruvian-inspired punches and bites, including classic cebiche and mussels: Don’t skip the quinoa burger (the featured photo). The concept brings a social element to La Mar’s waterside location.



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Where To Spend Valentine’s Day In Brickell & Downtown Miami

From five-star haunts to riverside hideaways, here’s where to dine in Brickell and Downtown Miami for Valentine’s Day. 

Mandarin Oriental

Brickell Key’s marquee hotel is hosting Valentine’s Day dinners at Azul and La Mar by Gastón Acurio and a limited-time overnight package. Priced at $220 per couple without champagne or $300+ per couple with a bottle Piper Heidsieck, the luxurious sit down features an oyster and caviar amuse brioche, three courses, and a dessert. La Mar has crafted individual platings, including the “Tiradito Passion” ($28) and “Langosta Acebichada” ($69).  The Mandarin Oriental’s Romance Package (beginning at $837) runs through February, providing a one-night stay with in-room champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two, and dinner at one of the two restaurants.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill 

The Brickell City Centre’s newest haunt is serving a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner with South African-inspired eats for $160 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity). Start the evening with a bison tartare in smoked oyster emulsion or with olive oil poached octopus carpaccio, then get hearty with a double lamb chop with Brussels sprouts or filet mignon with lobster and curry sabayon.  


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Quinto La Huella’s main interior bar. Photo courtesy of Quinto La Huella.

Quinto La Huella

Go Uruguayan this Valentine’s Day with a three-course, prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Nosh on veal chop a la parrilla and Quinto La Huella’s signature volcan de dulce de leche dessert. Price does not include beverages, taxes, or service charges.

River Yacht Club

Dine along the Miami River while taking in a Burlesque performance by Erika Moon this Valentine’s Day at the River Yacht Club.  A special à la carte dinner plays into the holiday with heart-shaped tuna tartare, oysters in a champagne jelly, and a passion fruit dessert.

Level 1

The newly opened Level 1 bar and lounge is hosting live music by Gu Fidelis and serving a three-course, prix fixe menu ($60) with offerings like crab au gratin, beef carpaccio, and pear ravioli with gorgonzola and truffles. The meal closes with a chocolate mousse and banana brûlée.


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Candela Gastrobar’s interior. Photo courtesy of Candela Gastrobar.

Candela Gastrobar 

The Peruvian hangout tucked inside Mary Brickell Village is serving one appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $65. The options include ceviche, seared corvina, and passion fruit nougat.


A candlelit riverside seating awaits at Seaspice. The holiday specials include caviar on toasted brioche with crab and local strawberry gazpacho, seared scallops with fennel jam and preserved grapefruit, and grilled Maine lobsterExecutive Pastry Chef Jill Montinola’s new dessert, “A Woman’s Sigh”–made with dulce mousse, port gelée, passion fruit, and marshmallow–also debuts.

Toro Toro 

Indulge in hamachi ceviche, yellow corn crusted scallops, braised short rib, and more at Toro Toro’s three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $59. Patrons can upgrade to a champagne pairing for an additional $35.


Chef Bryan Rojas has reimagined the menu in honor of Valentine’s Day. The night’s additions include cast iron foie gras, braised leeks, and a saffron pot de crème. Pair the sumptuous dishes with Fooq’s extensive Growers Champagnes list.

Area 31

Sea food fare reigns at Area 31, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk’s three-course dinner ($70) flaunts king crab tiradito, striped bass bouillabaisse, and a red velvet cupcake paired with Taittinger Champagne.



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First Look at Brickell City Centre’s Italian Food Emporium


Renderings of Brickell City Centre‘s forthcoming Italian food market, culinary school, and eatery have hit the internet: La Centrale will open Fall 2017 with three stories worth of cafes, counters, and products inspired by 20 of the country’s famed regions. The 38,000 square foot concept mimics that of the wildly successful New York-based Italian hub, Eataly.


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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.

Brickell’s food-focused emporium will feature an enoteca, espresso bar, indoor garden, and gelato shop, with its second floor dedicated to various restaurants and food stations. Baked goods and freshly made pastas will be available to take home.


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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.

Read more about food: Here’s where to find Brickell’s best chefs during Food Network’s and The Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. 

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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.





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Brickell Chefs Are Invading The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

When Food Network’s & The Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) returns from February 22-27, 2017, it will put some of Brickell’s best chefs in the culinary spotlight. Avid local foodies will be able to sample and savor plated bites from some of their favorite Miami restaurants over the four-day fete, including Cantina La Veinte, 1111 Peruvian Bistro, Fi’lia, COYO Taco, River Seafood & Oyster Bar, and more. Those wanting to keep the festival celebrations in the neighborhood can head to EAST, Miami’s Quinto La Huella for a ticketed, sit-down Saturday dinner. Here’s when and where to find it all.

UPDATE:  The festival has confirmed that all SOBEWFF events slated to take place at the Brickell City Centre have been cancelled and are not included in the outline below.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tequila Cazadores presents Tacos After Dark sponsored by The National Pork Board hosted by Aarón Sánchez

Scott Linquist, COYO Taco/OLLA

Santiago Gomez, Cantina La Veinte

10 Years of Genuine: Dinner Hosted by Michael Schwartz, Marc Vetri, and Jonathan Waxman

Michael Schwartz, Fi’lia/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Paella & Tapas by the Pool

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best

Diego Muñoz, 1111 Peruvian Bistro

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amigos de La Huella: A Dinner

Alejandro Morales and executive pastry chef, Florencia Courreges, Quinto La Huella

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village

Jimmy Carey, Jimmy’z Kitchen

BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus

Scott Linquist, COYO Taco/OLLA

Samuel Gorenstein, My Ceviche

A.J. Billapando, SoCal Taco

Tribute Dinner honoring José Andrés and Louis Roederer owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud with Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village

Santiago Gomez, Cantina La Veinte

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

Lucky Chops

David Bracha, Local Boy Poke/River Seafood & Oyster Bar

Brunch hosted by José Andrés and Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, Fi’lia/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

José Andrés, Bazaar Mar

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2016: Brickell’s Biggest Year Yet

Brickell’s transformational tide came in waves throughout 2016, drawing national attention to the neighborhood and even compelling a feature story by the ultimate style guide, Vogue. Brickell became the heart of Miami, pulsing as the city’s financial, residential, and commercial center. Brickell experienced a shift that now allows residents to stay within the area’s proximity while effortlessly having their leisure, business, and lifestyle needs met. Brickell’s blossoming also prompted Brickell.com’s relaunch, marked by 300+ person party featuring top local lifestyle liaisons.

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The SLS Brickell’s rooftop pool.

The real estate market saw the completion of five new condo buildings; an 80-unit Cassa Brickell, a 128-unit Le Parc At Brickell, a 352-unit lofts Centro, a 323-unit The Bond on Brickell, a 690-unit Brickell Heights East and West Towers, a 450-unit SLS Brickell, and a 780-unit Brickell City Centre‘s Reach and Rise towers.

See more: “Video: Inside The SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences Opening Party”

Fitness chains SoulCycle and Equinox announced forthcoming locations, and celebrity chefs like Michael Schwartz’s opened Fi’lia alongside a heralded Bazaar Mar by José Andrés at the SLS. The Viceroy hotel became the W Miami.

See more: “Brickell City Centre Is Officially Open”

Video: “Inside The Brickell City Centre Opening Party”

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Brooklyn’s MOTHXR performs at Brickell City Centre, commencing a new entertainment partnership with United Talent Agency.

Still, without question, the year’s biggest Brickell statement came from Brickell City Centre, sprawling at over a half million square feet and reminiscent of New York City’s Time Warner Center. In addition to prime residential and Class A offices, it heralded in premium retail and entertainment. A three-story Saks Fifth Avenue acts as an anchor retailer and  EAST Miami, featuring Quinto La Huella and Sugar, a rooftop bar, welcomed new nightlife alternatives. The Centre’s LEED-certified “climate ribbon” optimizes natural open air for circulation and ensures weather protection, replacing air conditioning and confined construction. With a massive 2016 coming to a close, Brickell.com will continue to grow in 2017, promising unrivaled local intelligence for the Brickell and Downtown Miami metro area.

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Brickell and Downtown Miami New Year’s Eve 2017 Guide

Bayfront Park

Pitbull will headline Miami’s New Year’s Eve Revolution in Bayfront Park. FOX will broadcast the performances and countdown live. Admission to the concert is free, and gates open at 8 PM. Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, and Austin Mahone will also take the stage. Guests can also partake in the VIP food and wine experience, anchored by eats by Michelle Berstein: Tickets begin at $225.


Nosh on Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters during a Saturday Night Fever-inspired bash, featuring live music by Grammy winner, Motiff & Friends.

The Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center 

Grammy-winning hip-hop group and Jimmy Fallon’s nightly house band, The Roots, take the stage at the Knight Concert Hall. Tickets begin at $50.

SLS Brickell

The SLS Brickell’s celebrity chef concepts Fi’lia and Bazaar Mar will both host two dinner seatings. At SAAM, the second-floor lounge, a jungle themed party takes over for $100 per person.

Mandarin Oriental 

The Mandarin Oriental’s fine-dining outpost, Azul, hosts two seatings for pre-fixe menus: The early seatings are three courses while the latter are seven courses. La Mar will host a Peruvian buffet with similarly scheduled seatings. MO Bar + Lounge welcomes a DJ, party favors, and handcrafted cocktails. For reservations, please contact 305-913-8358 or momia-restaurants@mohg.com.

El Churrasco

El Churrasco features a family-friendly, five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live entertainment before watching the fireworks over Biscayne Bay/

Cantina La Veinte

Cantina La Veinte is presenting a $250 pre-fixe menu that includes table and bottle service. Music and live entertainment are also scheduled.

EAST, Miami and Quinto La Huella

Quinto La Huella is serving a three-course, pre-fixe dinner with champagne for earlier seatings. The second seating features a four-course dinner priced at $200 and begins at 9:30 PM. Reservations required. Call +1 786 805 4646 or dine@quintolahuella.com for booking information.

Sugar, EAST, Miami’s 40th-floor rooftop welcomes Questlove at 10:30 PM. Priced at $500, tickets includes an open bar and light bites. Additional beats come via New York-based DJ, Elle Dee. Tables and bottle service are available upon request. Please contact NYE@Sugar-Miami.com for more information.

The Intercontinental

Toro Toro presents a pre-fixe menu inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple. The early seating is at 6 PM, with the second seating from 9 PM-midnight. Table 40, Toro Toro’s Chef’s Table, is available for a party of 14 at 8:30 PM.

Olé – Seatings for a seafood buffet start at 8:30 PM, inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple.

Bluewater – Executive Chef Klaus Happel plates a six-course meal while guests gaze over Biscayne Bay. When the clock strikes midnight, enjoy the fireworks show from the comfort of your seat. Seatings begin at 8:30 PM, inclusive of one bottle of Taittinger champagne and one bottle of red or white wine per couple.

Rooftop Fireworks Toast – Ring in the New Year with a bottle of Taittinger champagne and a raw seafood tower selection while enjoying the Miami fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop. Seatings are available from 11 PM-1 AM, inclusive of one bottle of Taittinger champagne per couple.

Rare Party at the Bayside Terrace – Choose between a table for four with a bottle of 2002 Piper Heidseick Rare or a table with a bottle of Macallan Rare Cask. Starts at 8:30 PM.

“The New Year’s Eve Speakeasy” – A Prohibition Party takes over the hotel’s Bayfront Ballroom. Dress in your best 1920’s ensemble to enjoy a buffet meal setting, live music, and a kid’s area. Inclusive of one bottle of champagne per couple. Seatings begin at 8:30 PM. Special pricing is available for children under 12 years old.


Zuma‘s New Year’s Eve tasting menu includes freshly shaved white truffle, o-toro tuna, and robata grilled wagyu. Guests will enjoy specially created dishes such as beef tartare with black truffle and caviar, squid ink seafood hotpot, and lobster tempura in addition to beautiful sushi and sashimi platters. Krug champagne and Nanbubijin Daiginjo sake are also being served. A live DJ accompanies the evening festivities, as well as a visual display of Japanese culture. As midnight approaches Zuma will break the sake barrel, encouraging harmony and good fortune for a new year. Four select packages will be offered and all packages include after-party admission. Pricing available upon request.


Fooq’s special menu items include a whole or half goose, priced at $300 or $175, served with goose fat potatoes, confit tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, leeks and Foie Gras Terrine. A whole leg of lamb is priced at $275, with half sizes available for $150. Champagne specials will also be offered. Call 786-536-2749 for more information.

Toscana Divino 

Toscana Divino will serve a four-course Italian menu with two seatings; $85 per person for the early 6 PM seating and $125 per person second seating at 7:30 PM. Expect plenty of monk fish, lamb chop, and lobster ravioli.


Baru welcomes guests free of charge while also welcoming all to dance inside TuCandela.  Baru will be offering discounted drink prices and will provide one complimentary glass of champagne to all guests at midnight. Table reservations are available for both spaces. Call (786)-502-3497 for more information.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

New Year’s Eve at Lolita’s flaunts an open bar, adult buffet for $90, DJs, and bottle specials. A kid-friendly buffet is available for $50 from 8 PM-11:30 PM. Ladies receive complimentary entry and all you can drink bubbles for $25. Call (305)-403-3103 for more information.