Interested in checking out the newest restaurant and retail additions to Miami? From a Japanese-Asian fusion spot to 90s themed dance club, read on for the newest destinations to debut recently.
151 N.E. 41st St., Unit 217, Buena Vista
Kaido is a new lounge and Japanese and Asian fusion spot.
The menu, courtesy of chef Kilgore, features small plates, ranging from uni fondue with king crab to Korean-style short ribs and hamachi with grapefruit ponzu sauce. If you have room, there’s desserts like the Graffiti Chocolate with dark cherry, black sesame and tamari soy.
Expect a strong selection of sake and whiskey, along with wine, beer and signature cocktails. Be sure to try the Hokkaido Sour, a Japanese take on an Old Fashioned. (Check it out here.)
With a four-star rating out of six Yelp reviews so far, it’s off to a good start.
Yelper Justin M., who reviewed it on Dec. 19, said, “The ambiance is night clubby, but, wow, the presentations are on point and star worthy. Being that this is chef Kilgore, you know it’s going to be good, albeit pricey, but the amount of time and high quality ingredients to produce one dish merit the cost. Did I mention the cocktails? Impressive!”
Lulu K. noted, “The cocktails are creative, well thought out, balanced and spot on. … Kaido offers a dining experience and atmosphere to be remembered.”
Stop in and check it out: Kaido is open from 7 p.m.–midnight Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, and from 7 p.m.–2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (It’s closed on Monday.)
255 N.W. 27th Terrace, Wynwood
Barter is a new venues and event space, cocktail bar and Latin American spot. Located in Wynwood, this spot offers modern Latin cuisine, vintage goods and inspired cocktails that look like works of art, plus event space.
Try the Horchata Fusion with rum and rumchata, finished with mango puree and an almond, with a brown sugar and nutmeg rim, or the Yellow Submarine with tequila, passionfruit, basil, agave and lime juice. Since opening, it has hosted trade shows and music nights, and offers a daily happy hour from 5–8 p.m.
It’s proving popular thus far, with four stars out of seven Yelp reviews.
Timur A., who reviewed it on Jan 6, said, “Fun new space in Wynwood, great atmosphere, music and food. There’s lots of parking nearby, drinks are reasonable and the decoration is on point with an indoor and outdoor area.”
And Lisandra P. said, “Great vibe. The music and ambiance was inviting and familiar and, even though it was cold when we went, the drinks and overall atmosphere made for a very pleasant experience.”
It’s open from 5 p.m.–1 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 5 p.m.–3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Rice Mediterranean Kitchen
2500 Biscayne Blvd., Edgewater
Rice Mediterranean Kitchen is a new Mediterranean spot.
At this Mediterranean eatery—courtesy of chef Ali Shabani—healthy bowls can be customized with fresh greens, proteins and grains (like rice or lentils), plus an array of herb-infused dips, including spicy babaganoush and honey nut feta.
If you’re a carnivore, try classic kebabs made to order with your choice of marinated meats—chicken, sirloin steak and tenderloin—and served with Greek salad and basmati rice. (Check out the full menu here.)
It’s proving popular so far with a 4.5 star rating out of seven Yelp reviews.
Steve T., who was among the first to review it on Dec. 8, wrote, “The quality of the food is fantastic. The quality of the staff is great and the decor is very warm and relaxing. We will be ordering many more times from here.”
Pedro G. noted, “The place is beautiful and looks so clean! The decoration is nice and I like how they display the veggies in the bag, plus the display for the food is very nice and organized.”
It’s open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily.
3456 N. Miami Ave.
Boombox is a new dance club, cocktail bar and music venue.
Step inside the former Bardot space and you’ll find antique metal light fixtures, leather and velvet-upholstered furniture and a black subway-tiled entrance reminiscent of New York-style clubs. It serves up creative cocktails like the Longest Island Iced Tea and the Lemon Drop the Mic.
Expect rotating music theme nights, from Latin-inspired to old school hip hop and Miami freestyle. (Check out this spot’s menu and events here.)
Yelpers are raving about the new spot, giving it five stars out of seven reviews so far.
Yelper Victoria D., who was the first to review it on Nov. 17, said, “The music is on point, the cocktails are even better and the staff is pretty easy on the eyes, too! What else can you ask for in a party bar? There’s plenty of VIP seating for bottle service and dancing space! Not to mention the bar is huge, so it makes ordering drinks a breeze!”
William S. added, “Great drinks, great music, great crowd and some amazing bartenders. Definitely the new hot spot.”
Intrigued? Boombox is open from 7 p.m.–3 a.m. daily.