Novikov is a very fancy restaurant in Downtown where most of the people in the large, shiny dining room are wearing suits and spending incredible amounts of money on a really big menu of mostly Chinese and Japanese dishes. The food here is just OK in some places (like the spicy prawn moneybags) and actually pretty good in others (like the Peking duck and the majority of the nigiri selection). Also, their wasabi martini is delicious. But there aren’t many situations where we’d ever want to eat in a restaurant that feels like a sentient hedge fund who also DJs on the side - even if we somehow weren’t paying for it.
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La Mar by Gaston Acurio in Brickell Key serves Peruvian food, including a variety of cebiches, and has a great view of the harbor.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
Garcia’s is an old-school seafood spot on the Miami River in Downtown that’s casual, but delicious.
Raja’s Indian Cuisine
Raja’s is a super casual little Downtown restaurant that serves good Indian food - and a lot of it.
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Sushi Erika is a little Japanese restaurant in North Bay Village. There’s almost always a wait because every roll here is delicious.
Wabi Sabi By Shuji
Wabi Sabi is an great lunch spot on the Upper Eats Side with customizable rice and noodle bowls that we very much like.
Itamae is a stall within the Design District’s St. Roch Market, and they serve the best Nikkei food in Miami.
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NIU Kitchen is a tiny spot in Downtown Miami serving excellent Catalan food. Bring someone you really want to impress.
Fooq’s is a Downtown spot that serves very good Persian food in a space stylish enough to bring a date.
Downtown’s Jaguar Sun is an excellent cocktail bar that’s also a very good restaurant. Come here for pasta and cocktails with a date or some friends.
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