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The Best of the City

2015 is officially here! And let’s face it: After the tinsel is put away and the Champagne-fueled countdowns are over, the new year can be somewhat of a downer. But we resolved to change all that by scouring the city to bring you the ne plus ultra of what Miami has to offer. Our findings cover culture, health & beauty, style, design, and food & nightlife with the Modern Luxury élan you’ve come to know and love. Plus: Each section reveals the results of our Readers’ Choice survey in which you told us what your favorites are in the aforementioned categories. So turn the page and enjoy. In with the new! In with the best!

Sisters Tamara and Julia Medvedeva do right by men’s fashion at Sartorial (Style).


A True Original
Tigertail Productions can say it was here first—before the Miami arts boom, that is. Founder Mary Luft, a native Iowan who moved to our shores in the 1970s and immediately took to fertilizing the cultural landscape, formed a company dedicated to doing just that by embracing and encouraging experimentation in all mediums. As the organization celebrates its 35th year, a host of celebratory events are in the works, among them the ScreenDance Miami Dance on Film Festival at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (Jan. 22-25); SpeakOut (Feb. 2-6), an LBGTQ teen spoken-word program comprising workshops, slams and appearances by guest speaker Andrea Assad at various locations in the city; and the Florida-France-Festival (April 11-26), a monthlong series of concerts, films and so-called pop-up Culture Clicks in theaters around Miami. And that’s just a small bite of the anniversary cake. $20-$50

Dance Evolution
Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez came to the Miami City Ballet in 2012 with the plan of pushing the company into the future. So when the opportunity arose last year to invite New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Justin Peck to create a work for the MCB, her immediate response was a resounding “Yes!” The result, Chutes & Ladders, was such a sold-out success, that Peck is presenting a second collaboration this spring. Heatscape (April 10-12), inspired by the murals of Wynwood Walls, is a production that brings 17 dancers together in what Lopez calls a “a very fast piece—with energy and youthfulness—that really speaks to today.” Peck notes that working with the MCB was a departure from what he’s accustomed to, but in a good way. “These dancers are so inspired by what they do and that makes them work harder,” he says. “I’ve collaborated with a lot of companies, and this is one of my all-time favorites.” $20-$97, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.929.7000

Readers' Choice: Favorite Museums
Art and science are calling your name.

1. Pérez Art Museum Miami A year and a month after its opening, PAMM still dazzles with innovative programming and a killer gift shop. Plus: Who can say no to lunch at the on-site Verde? 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.375.3000 2. Museum of Art & Design With its location at the Freedom Tower, this venue’s mission is to encourage the appreciation of visual aesthetics—which it proved with its Shen Wei dance/exhibition during Basel. 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.237.7700 3. Frost Museum of Science The child in all of us is tickled with an interstellar show at the Planetarium, and we can’t wait until the venue ups the ante when its new location opens in 2016. 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.646.4400 4. The Wolfsonian-FIU With its innovative exhibitions dedicated to exploring the persuasive power of art and design between 1885 and 1945, and a vast research library, The Wolfsonian is a must for anyone interested in said genres. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.1001 5. Lowe Art Museum The University of Miami’s museum is wholly dedicated to ancient art, but its new director, Dr. Jill Deupi, wants us to see it from a modern perspective. 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, 305.284.3535

This Way Please
For 40 years, Peter Marino has been fascinating aesthetes with his uncanny talent for marrying the disciplines of architecture, art, fashion and design. Running through May 3 at the Bass Museum of Art, One Way: Peter Marino is an experience as multifaceted as the artist himself, starting with an installation comprising hundreds of videotape strips from Jean Cocteau’s film Orpheus, followed by a look at Marino’s personal contemporary art collection and culminating in a recreation of the opera Orfeo ed Euridice, on which Marino collaborated with his wife and a group of other artists. $6-$8, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.7530

Theatrical Maneuvers
The Miami Theater Center kicked off its 10th anniversary in October with a modern twist on an all-time classic—Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, which underwent a distinctly 21st-century update by the company’s artistic director, Stephanie Ansin. The result: a sold-out opening night—and the subsequent need to add more shows. Next up? The Seven Year Itch (Feb. 19-March 22), Ansin’s take on the stage comedy that inspired the Marilyn Monroe film. “It’s very exciting to present both of these adaptations,” says Ansin, “and watch the unexpected resonances unfold.” We feel another standing ovation is in her future. $35, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, 305.751.9550,

Still Poppin’
After the original 1972 hit production of Pippin ran for nearly five years at the Imperial Theater on Broadway, no one dared try to recapture its magnificence again—until last year. That turned out to be a good idea: The production garnered four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical Revival. Now the show—with choreography in the style of its original master, Bob Fosse; direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus, jaw-dropping acrobatics and music from Stephen Schwartz (the composer of Wicked)—heads south to us as part of the Broadway Across America series. Tickets go on sale Jan. 23—and they’re bound to go fast. March 31-April 12, $35-$120, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.462.0222

Fab Five: Must-See Gallery Shows 
1. Picture Perfect
Meticulously made using graphite powder, India ink and carbon pencil, the paintings of Ashley Oubré (Jan. 10-31) are so close to life, they are often confused for photographs. Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami, 305.397.8530

2. Amusing Muse
In Charley Friedman (Jan. 8-Feb. 14), the Brooklyn- and Nebraska-based artist, who cites humor as his predominant theme, will present works that include two large-scale sculptures, a video, photographic works and drawings. Gallery Diet, 174 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305.571.2288

3. Taking Off
The show Departures (through Jan. 15) is as true to its name as exhibitions get. Local artist Yuri Tuma moves away from the exotic mosaics that were the hallmark of his work to offer up an oeuvre of geometric works. Butter Gallery, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami, 305.303.6524

4. Fantastic Journey
What could be more fitting for Miami than José Lerma: Guaynabichean Odyssey (through Jan. 31), which, through paintings, addresses the medium’s role of celebrating social status and paying tribute to the wealthy and powerful? David Castillo Gallery, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.573.8110

5. Can You Dig It?
For Welcome to the Future (through Jan. 31), artist Daniel Arsham transformed Locust Projects into an archeological site with thousands of calcified artifacts—obsolete electronics and media materials such as Walkmans, boomboxes, VHS tapes and Blackberry phones—to explore how we view time, civilization and the relationship between the two. 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.576.8570


Readers' Choice: Favorite Hair Salons 
Cuts, color and overall pampering await at these proven establishments.

1. Bleach Hair Addiction Owner Luca Castaldo—who’s been in the beauty biz from age 15—does right by clients who want a total transformation via hair color. 3101 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.372.0206 2. Dry de Luxe The Vegan Blowdry ($45) and daytime makeup ($40) services at this blowdry salon have made it a South Beach favorite—more locations are on the way. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8032 3. Junior & Hatter Owners Mario Silvestri and Andrea Battista have made J&H a Wynwood must-stop thanks to its Man Cave, where Old World barbershop grooming services rule. For modern cuts, Robert Cartwright is the stylist to call on. 2750 NW Third Ave., Miami, 305.571.8361 4. Warren Tricomi Humidity-blocking frizz-control treatments, expert haircuts, on-point coloring and a spectacular interior—need we say more? 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.9190 5. Danny Jelaca Salon Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell and Cameron Diaz have all had the magic touch from Danny Jelaca, who recently celebrated two decades of success in South Beach. 500 S. Pointe Drive, Suite 120, Miami Beach, 305.604.9696

Scent of Success
It has been quite a couple of years for Babalú. What started out as a tabac-style boutique at 1111 Lincoln Road spawned a pop-up at The Raleigh, which triggered a brick-and-mortar store in tony Palm Beach, and now the brand is taking on the planet via e-commerce. And while we’re impressed with the treasures owners Greg Melvin and Paolo Ambu offer, it’s the vast variety of beauty products, and especially fragrances (from Annick Goutal to Arquiste to Bond No. 9), on their site that really caught our attention. Click on Perfume Bar and you’ll see what we mean. “Our mix is eclectic but deliberate,” explains Melvin. “We have really serious brands, but we try really hard not to be serious.” The formula is definitely working. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 21 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, 305.538.0777

Shear Genius
Hair trends may come and go, but when it comes to staying relevant in the salon business—even after recently changing its Bal Harbour Shops coordinates for a third time—Red Market Miami is true-blue. “Being consistent has a lot to do with it,” explains co-owner Adriana Companet. “We’ve been at the same [general] location, building trust and clientele by listening to our clients’ needs for years.” In 2010 Companet, a real estate investor from Venezuela, changed the name of her Bal Harbour salon, open since 2001, to become the first Red Market Miami. Since then it has quadrupled in size, incorporated a boutique and now rocks what she calls a “street art-meets-industrial loft” vibe—not to mention the most well-heeled clientele in town. Up next? An eponymous product line and an expansion. Looks like change suits Companet just fine. Treatments from $22 to $375, 9700 Collins Ave., Suite 380, Bal Harbour, 305.864.3978

Fab Five: Most Indulgent Spa Treatments
1. Head to Toe
The Bleau Ocean Transformation (110 minutes, $300) at the Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau is quite unforgettable. After a soak in a hydrobath, a Thalgo scrub, massage and blue algae hot pack, true detoxification and total relaxation inevitably follow. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.667.4772

2. Cheers to That!
A three-part, antioxidant-rich journey to wellness, the Divine Champagne Mimosa Treatment (80 minutes, $215) at the Spa at Viceroy comprises a vigorous sugar scrub with organic oils, a 50-minute Swedish rubdown and complimentary mimosa. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.503.0369

3. It’s Only Natural
Natura Bissé’s La Alternativa Facial (80 minutes, $209) at the Turnberry Isle Spa uses a tuning fork, a variety of NB creams and serums, and a pressure-point massage to make lines and wrinkles a thing of the past. 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 305.933.6930

4. All Hands on Deck
Four hands equal one life-changing treat. The Oriental Harmony Body Treatment (120 minutes, $495) at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental begins with a soothing foot bath, which leads to a warm scrub and a head-to-toe massage performed by two therapists. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305.913.8332

5. Oh, Honey!
Imagine a warm drizzle of amber honey pouring down aching muscles and then rubbed in by two skilled hands, followed by a beeswax thermal sheet designed to draw out toxins. That’s what the Signature Pino Honey Dream Massage (80 minutes, $185) at The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove is all about. 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, 305.644.4680

Members Only
From nightlife impresario Chris Paciello and former NFL player Marc Megna, Anatomy at 1220 has all trappings of a traditional, high-end gym, but the extras make this sweat sanctum a true find. “I wanted to create something special,” Paciello explains. To that end, he and Megna partnered up with the Miami Institute for Age Management and Intervention to develop a FITTLab to offer all sorts of medical testing (from blood tests to EKGs); built an oxygen chamber on-site for extreme training; and created The Sanctuary at Anatomy at 1220, a spa with endless amenities and treatment areas for massages, hair styling and even endermologie. “We’re like the Soho House of fitness and wellness,” Megna explains. “We’re trying to create the most positive, healthy environment you can imagine.” Mission accomplished. Memberships from $250 to $1,500 per month, 1220 20th St., Miami Beach, 786.213.1220

Suds Superiority
Showering six times a day is not typically a job requirement for creative directors, but David Foote knew his business partner at Jabonería Marianella expected such dedication. It was the least he could do for Marianella Febres-Cordero (aka mom), the woman who created the extravagant line of bath products. “We were just about to introduce our shower gels, so I had to make sure they were moisturizing,” says Foote of the aforementioned multiple showers. An accomplished artist, he designed the packaging and created the vibe for the brand. “For four years my mom made soap in Dallas out of her kitchen,” he recalls, but today Jabonería Marianella, now headquartered in Miami, offers lotions, gels and soap bars packed with exotic fragrances and 100-percent natural ingredients. Ah, to live and bathe! $16-$80;


All in the Family
“My Italian colleagues say that American men spend all their money on women instead of clothes,” laughs Tamara Medvedeva, who, with her sister, Julia, opened the men’s boutique Sartorial this past fall. “But, from what we’ve seen, they’re wrong.” The young women, who grew up in Russia with parents in the fashion industry, are offering the city something it hasn’t seen in a while: an independently owned emporium of masculine Italian style that’s all about classic tailoring. The inventory speaks for itself: Svevo Italian knitwear; handmade Angelo Galasso suits; Borsalino fedoras; and footwear from Cesare Paciotti, Santoni and Sergio Rossi are just but a few of the highlights. And the sisters’ commitment to standing out in the ever-evolving Design District (where their neighbors include the likes of Dior Homme, Lanvin, Prada and Louis Vuitton) is serious to say the least. To that end, they’ve introduced a made-to-measure program, and bespoke shirts and shoes are coming soon. “Catering to Miami men has been an interesting experience,” adds Julia. “When customers come in, we tell them to take it easy: Start with a great pair of shoes, a sharp blazer that works for them and at least a few nice shirts—because you definitely need more than one.” 111 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.707.6966

Italian Intelligence
It had never been done before, and we would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the negotiations at which the folks at Salvatore Ferragamo convinced the powers-that-be at Bal Harbour Shops to let it become the center’s very first, nonanchor bilevel retailer. The Italian brand has not disappointed. The second-floor addition (which added 8,100 square feet of space) brought menswear into the mix with a heavy emphasis on footwear, while the first floor is dedicated to women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. The two spaces couldn’t be better delineated. Upstairs, dark walnut rules. Downstairs, a pale palette and creme vendome limestone floors enchant the eye. And then, of course, there’s each level’s respective inventories, which are charming enough all on their own. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.866.8166

Readers' Choice: Favorite Boutiques
Savvy style of the local kind

1. Blush Boutique Boasting locations from Brickell to Pinecrest, Blush does right by shoppers with all the wardrobe essentials one can think of. 2. Jessie Boutique A large selection of tropics-friendly wardrobe staples from brands like Alice + Olivia and Citizens of Humanity, and two geographically savvy locations (Aventura and South Beach) have made many Miami women Jessie’s girls. 3. Pure Therapy at the W South Beach redefines the hotel boutique as we know it with resort essentials and then some—from swimsuits to jewelry, shoppers are covered. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.9101 4. The Webster Collaborations with Berluti, Lacoste and Eres, as well as a new (men’s and women’s) location at Bal Harbour Shops (in addition to the South Beach original) have earned The Webster a loyal clientele that can’t get enough. 5. Cottage Men with a penchant for casual designer style have a friend in Ariel Burman and his well-curated inventory (Rag & Bone, Billy Reid, Michael Bastian). 1784 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.9917

Multiple Personalities
Like in all style capitals, a status bag in Miami is a must. Newly minted designer Dee Ocleppo—aka Mrs. Tommy Hilfiger—has devised a way to maximize that buy. Her three-in-one collection includes detachable, reversible covers in different colors and hides that transform each garment according to the owner’s mood. Priced from $595 to $18,000, the handbags—launched at Saks Fifth Avenue at Bal Harbour Shops in November—are made in Italy using exotic skins, like crocodile and ostrich, that can be flipped inside out or removed. Sounds like Ocleppo knows what Miami women prefer above all else: style versatility. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.865.1100

Mix Masters
For its Lincoln Road location (its third shop in the Miami area), which opened in September, Intermix did it up big—just the way we like it. Not only in size—although the space does comprise nearly 3,000 square feet of style pleasures—but in every aspect of the shop from the ground up. Wall murals commissioned from local artist Francesco Locastro and white-washed oak floors set the foundation for the fashion, which ranges from hip labels like Theory and Derek Lam 10 Crosby to more exclusive offerings from Valentino, Chloé and Celine. 1005 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.604.6353

Parisian Posh
Referring to the Louis Vuitton Maison store in Aventura Mall as a boutique is like calling Buckingham Palace the queen’s house. Conceived as a travel destination by architect Peter Marino, the two-story emporium boasts a grand staircase with leather-wrapped handrails; onyx-and-amber floors running through the women’s ready-to-wear section; and a VIP shopping room, where Champagne and joy are guaranteed. Then there are the goods: Men can have shoes custom-designed from 3,000 options, then handmade in Italy’s Veneto region (a service exclusive to this location), while at the Haute Maroquinerie salon, women can customize handbags (with five shapes, 26 colors and eight skins that allow for 40,000 different possibilities), which are then crafted in the LV Asnières atelier in Paris. Ooh, la la is right! 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.866.4470

Fab Five: Jewelry Shops
1. Double Shine
Bulgari is giving us plenty of sparkle these days. At Bal Harbour Shops: a new redesign by architect Peter Marino specially developed for the brand. In the Design District: an entirely new store in Palm Court. At both? New offerings from the MVSA and Diva collections. BHS: 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.861.8898; DD: 140 NE 39 St., Suite 127, Miami, 305.576.6506

2. Over the Top
Unabashedly outrageous, de Grisogono’s jewel-encrusted rings, watches, brooches and earrings are favorites of the jet set from Cannes to Miami, where A-listers are all too happy to sparkle at everything from charity galas to museum openings. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.866.0311

3. Always Evolving
After 60 years of offering the finest of everything from Rolex watches to diamond wedding rings, the family-owned Kirk Jewelers keeps customers coming back by continually updating its roster of brands. The latest of these? Collections by the one and only Roberto Coin. 142 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305.371.1321

4. Industry Veteran
A mainstay in downtown Miami, Morays Jewelers remains honest to its longstanding heritage of exclusivity and superior service after 115 years in the business, but still manages to be of-the-moment by hosting fun in-store events for brands from Jaeger-LeCoultre to David Yurman. 50 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.374.0739

5. T Time
Tiffany & Co. opened the doors to its fourth two-level Miami store with a focus on the self-purchaser and newly designed contemporary pieces meant for everyday wear. While here, you can also browse exclusive works by contemporary artists, but let’s not kid ourselves—those vitrines are calling your name. 114 NE 39th St., Miami, 305.428.1390


Readers' Choice: Favorite Architects 
Miami’s masters of structure know no limits.

1. Jonathan Cardello The principal of ADD Inc.’s Miami office ensures the global firm’s commitment to creating memorable properties is carried through expertly. 2. Bernardo Fort-Brescia & Laurinda Spear Thanks to multiple projects all around the world (and everywhere you turn in Miami), these two tastemakers have made their Arquitectonica the stuff of legend. 3. Rene Gonzalez Revered for his Zen simplicity, Gonzalez has become the architect of choice for the design world’s urbane set. 4. Kobi Karp Since its founding in 1996, Karp’s firm has stayed true to its mantra of creating structures inspired by their surrounding environments. 5. Chad Oppenheim With awe-inducing projects from Dubai to Miami Beach, Oppenheim is the type of poet/dreamer/philosopher architecture needs more of. 

To Give
Whether it be a sleek Lucite chess set, a Mohawk head that doubles as a lollipop holder, a cocktail-fragrance candle or some exquisite malachite vases, Jonathan Adler in the Design District understands the art of the gift rather well. Pop in. Pick something. Get out. If your present recipient happens to be more of a fashion enthusiast, there are plenty of a la mode accessories—from totes and clutches to quirky beanies and socks—on offer, as well as statement furniture that includes the brand-new 1940s-meets-Ming Dynasty Turner credenza or a 1960s-inspired burlwood dresser. Come to think of it, doesn’t your home deserve the greatest gift of all? 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.576.0200

Plan A+
A plethora of honors including multiple AIA awards, articles in the leading design magazines and guest lectureships at the country’s top universities make Rene Gonzalez one of Miami’s preeminent architects. South Beach will soon see his latest masterpiece, Glass, come to fruition. As the name would suggest, this revolutionary building appears to be entirely transparent, with minimal structural elements interrupting the ethereal feel. “The driving force of the design became to create a building that would relate to the scale of its context and almost disappear, and visually dematerialize as it rises,” says Gonzalez of the structure, which bears the distinction of being the last tower to be erected in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. “We achieved this through the compositional use of fritted, patterned glass that reflects, captures and abstracts the natural landscape. For the residents of the building’s 10 units, open-floor plans with 360-degree views also offer a very special experience.” Various other projects along this line of innovation are on Gonzalez’s plate these days and that’s just fine by him. As for Miami’s rampant development boom? “We’ve been ready to become a major global city since I moved back here in the early 1990s,” he says. “This new emphasis on good design is a natural part of that evolution.”

Fab Five: Kitchen Showrooms 
1. Large and in Charge
Not only does Alno provide a diverse palette of finishes and layouts for the kitchen, but it also stocks a range of storage solutions, drawer systems and ingenious accessories to keep clutter at bay. 3650 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.576.2566

2. Class Act
Known for its effortless blend of the finest woods and ultrachic high-gloss lacquer, Eggersman is the ideal brand for those who prefer a touch of classical elegance in the kitchen. DCOTA, 1855 Griffin Road, Suite C-262, Dania Beach, 954.342.4009

3. That’s Hot
Last summer, Ornare shut its doors for a total renovation of its showroom, which now exclusively showcases the High Line collection, an array of kitchens marked by warm and cool colors by designers such as Ruy Ohtake, Patricia Anastassiadis and Guto Indio da Costa. That brilliant move has certainly paid off. 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.438.0260

4. German Ingenuity
The 120-year-old German brand Poggenpohl offers customers bespoke designs with a multitude of sleek finishes to choose from. Of particular note is the new P’7350, which emphasizes both vertical and horizontal lines. DCOTA, 1855 Griffin Road, Suite C-138, Dania Beach, 954.923.2688

5. That’s Amore
Snaidero’s newly launched Eurocucina line has a tailor-made kitchen for every type of home—from a curvaceous red-and-black room by Pininfarina (known for designing Ferraris and Maseratis) to the more pared-down Elle by Monica Armani. 4110 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786.662.3850

Luxe Deluxe
Known as the driving force behind brands like Fendi Casa and Bentley Home, Luxury Living launched a second showroom in the Design District in late October—just in time for Art Basel and the 10-year anniversary of the company’s U.S. debut. The 7,700-square-foot space is a feast for the senses with full-fledged rooms (both indoor and outdoor) and Fendi-branded kitchens. Adding to the aesthetic splendor, in December (at its original location) LL unveiled Trussardi Casa, a home line from the iconic Italian fashion brand, which runs the gamut from sofas and bedroom sets to carpets, lighting and accessories. 90 NE 39th St., Miami, 305.438.1660; 4100 NE Second Ave., Miami, 786.409.5558

Lab Work
By far the city’s most forward-thinking design brand, Luminaire prides itself on being more than just a furniture showroom, but rather a laboratory for design innovation. As such, the 40-year-old company’s Design District showroom has branded itself as “an esplanade for discovery.” The “discovery” part alludes to its design exhibitions and lectures by the design world’s leading minds (most recently Naoto Fukasawa). At its Coral Gables flagship, Luminaire recently unveiled a renovation inspired by the sleek, sensual minimalism of architect Piero Lissoni with a dedicated salon for B&B Italia, a brand often regarded as the pinnacle of contemporary furniture design. Luminous, indeed. 2331 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.448.7367; 3901 NE Second Ave., 305.576.5788


Mediterranean Magic
The paint on the walls at Yona Puri’s new restaurant and Champagne bar in Brickell has barely dried, but she is already planning ahead. “I want to take Tamarina to another level,” Puri explains in her French-tinged British accent. “I’m going to expand the concept to other locations.” Take her word for it: She and her husband, Tunu, along with restaurateur Arjun Waney (one of Zuma’s founders) could be considered restaurant clairvoyants. Waney has co-opened a handful of other smoking-hot eateries internationally, and the Puris understand the patrons they’re after quite well. To that end, Puri decided to make the eatery’s decor elegant yet simple, with a menu that focuses on refined Mediterranean Italian coastal cuisine, hearty classics, crudos and an elaborate oyster selection. The end result? Stellar reviews and a steady clientele in a neighborhood primed for change. We can’t wait to see what they cook up next. 600 W. Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.579.1888

Mix Masters
Lobby bars used to be a hotel’s afterthought, but nowadays they are the hottest spots for locals and tourists to commune, mostly due to innovators like mixologist Albert Trummer. He not only insisted on intriguing environs for his Drawing Room Bar & Lounge at The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, but also a mind-blowing cocktail menu that reads like a mad scientist’s formula log with housemade bitters and essences, herb-infusions, oils and cold-pressed fruit juices. The Erlenmeyer flask? Totally optional. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.1271

Readers' Choice: Favorite Caterers & Event Planners 
The city’s party magicians understand that celebration is an art form.

1. Le Basque From private gatherings for President Barack Obama and Carolina Herrera to corporate events for Chanel and Hermès, Le Basque understands white-glove service quite well. 2. A Joy Wallace Widely acknowledged as the doyenne in her field, namesake Joy Wallace recently celebrated 25 years of creating good taste for millions of others to enjoy. 3. Shiraz Events If impossibly good-looking men greet you at the door with silver trays of chilled Champagne, you know Shai Tertner and Yaniv Cohen’s party tactics are on. 4. Karla: Conceptual Event Experiences Owner Karla Dascal’s bespoke soirees (“from the invitations to the trays to the flowers,” as she describes it) put her in a category all her own. 5. Inimitable Events Meticulous attention to logistics have made KeAira Chantell Gamble a favorite among brides and grooms looking for memorable receptions. 

Fish Fabulous
Even more vibrant than a tiradito bathed in yellow-pepper cream is the second Cvi.Che 105, now open in Miami Beach and dressed to the nines with a colorful living plant wall and a ceramic fish installation. Chefs and co-owners Juan Chipoco and Luis Hoyos decided it was time to open a second location after expanding their beyond-popular downtown eatery twice. Both menus are similar, but a ceviche and sushi bar at the new spot invites more creativity from the kitchen where, as Chipoco says, “True chefs don’t really follow a recipe, [but rather] move softly and elegantly, trying the flavor first, then adjusting it to perfection.” 1245 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786.534.8651; 105 NE Third Ave. Miami, 305.577.3454

Caviar & Credibility
Just landing the gig as the Mandarin Oriental’s top toque at Azul affords automatic cred, but Chef de Cuisine William Crandall has been working hard to garner an enviable fan base. Not only was he recently featured on the cover of Wine Enthusiast magazine, but he also just introduced an amazing new caviar service ($125 to $270) and tasting menus (four courses at $55, seven courses at $115) featuring dishes like Alaskan king crab pasta. As for what’s next? “Winter is my favorite time in Miami because the local products are so remarkable,” he says. “These great ingredients will be a source of inspiration.” And degustation, no doubt. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305.913.8358

The Comeback
Nothing really needed to change at STK, the steakhouse known as much for its thick porterhouses as for its scene, but when the opportunity arose to relocate to a more visible location around the corner, the eatery’s powers-that-be decided to go for it. That was back in 2011 and now Celeste Fierro, senior vice president for The One Group, STK’s parent company, is convinced the move (which finally happened this past December) was a wise one. “Thanks to our now more accessible street entrance, plus everything STK is known for, I expect an even bigger clientele,” she says. Aaron Taylor, STK’s main toque and the company’s regional corporate chef, agrees. He has spent time at STKs across America to fine-tune the Miami menu with dishes like local grouper with roasted corn, oyster mushroom and chorizo. With Chef de Cuisine Eli Jackson at Taylor’s side in a spanking-new kitchen, STK is ready to fire us up... all over again. 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.6988

Fab Five: Top Chefs, New Concepts 
1. Woman on Top
Michelle Bernstein proves she’s still got it at Seagrape, the charming signature restaurant of the Thompson Miami Beach, where she’s having a brasserie of a time with fresh small plates that cover land and sea. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.605.1043

2. At the Farm
At Corsair, the views of the Turnberry’s Miller golf course are indeed sublime, but it’s the farmhouse cuisine that chef Scott Conant has created that’s the main attraction. The Chopped star stole our hearts with Scarpetta some years back, and now he’s done it again. 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786.279.6800

3. Well Done
True carnivores croon over Michael Mina’s cuts, all of the highest standards, at StripSteak. But the chef’s own suggestion is the sticky black-truffle bun roll, an indulgence that merits repeat visits. Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4780

4. East Meets South Beach
The sushi is sublime. The steaks, heavenly. But for true innovation at Morimoto, from Iron Chef regular Masaharu Morimoto, try the Duck, Duck, Duck entree, a rice, egg, confit, soup and meatball combo that has no equal. The Shelborne Wyndham Grand, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.341.1500

5. Latin Love
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is having fun with his interpretation of Latin cuisine at Matador Room at The Miami Beach Edition. On the menu? Small plates of Spanish, Caribbean and South American dishes reimagined with his usual flair. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.257.4500