It's Miami Art Week, and besides walking and gawking at Art Basel and the surrounding fairs, patrons will be nibbling and noshing. There will be dining pop-ups, along with openings of some anticipated eateries. And some notable restaurants have opened around town since last year's festival. Here is an eater's guide to Art Week.
Hometown culinary queen Michelle Bernstein will again operate the outdoor Garden Cafe at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, across from Art Basel's Miami Beach Convention Center headquarters. Offerings through Sunday include artisanal sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods, similar to the fare offered at Bernstein's popular cafe in Miami's Design District, Crumb on Parchment. Kahwa Coffee, from Tampa, will be back with its funky coffee truck. The Garden Cafe opens daily at 10 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. And Bernstein is running a pop-up version of her late, great Miami restaurant Michy's, through Sunday in the VIP-only Collectors Lounge in the convention center.
The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami, will hold a special Art Basel edition of its Taste of the Yard on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is $25, and includes a choice of five food and drink offerings from selected purveyors. There will also be the usual Friday Taste of the Yard on Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., along with daily special events to coincide with Art Week.
Wynwood Arcade, 50 NW 24th St., Miami, will feature several pop-up food options. Luke's Lobster, scheduled to open soon at Brickell City Centre, will offer a preview of its traditional New England fare. Food truck BC Tacos will make a stop Saturday, and Local Boy Poke will be on hand with its Hawaiian cuisine throughout the weekend.
OLLA, 1233 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, is a new Mexican restaurant from chef Scott Linquist of Coyo Taco. It debuted on Monday, featuring diverse regional cuisine from Oaxaca, Puebla, Yucatan and Veracruz.
Upland, 49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, an outpost of a New York restaurant from famed restaurateur Stephen Starr and California chef Justin Smillie, opens on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The menu will feature wood-fired, slow-roasted meats and other California-inspired dishes.
Bird&Bone, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, a new Southern restaurant from chef Richard Hales in the Confidante Hotel, is scheduled to open for preview dinners on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
In the concrete canyons of Brickell, a pair of high-profile chef-owners recently opened neighboring restaurants in the SLS Brickell Hotel, 1300 S. Miami Ave. Fi'lia, an Italian restaurant from Michael Schwartz, of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, opened in November. And Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres opened Nov. 22.
And for those who like food as art, where the plates are pretty enough to frame and where tables will be hard to come by this week, be sure to check out these three highly regarded restaurants that opened in 2016: Plant Food + Wine, 105 NE 24th St., Miami; KYU, 251 NW 25th St., Miami, and Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman at La Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. I haven't dined at Los Fuegos yet, but gave top four-star reviews to KYU and Plant Food + Wine.