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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Arson is a Downtown spot that specializes in meat and seafood and tends to light a lot of their dishes on fire.
All Day serves the best coffee in the city, and some solid breakfast/lunch food, in an unexpected corner of Downtown.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish
Garcia’s is an old-school seafood spot on the Miami River in Downtown that’s casual, but delicious.
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Hiden is a $170 omakase spot in the back of a taco place in Wynwood, and is home to one of the best special occasion meals in the city.
Itamae is a stall within the Design District’s Politan Row, and they serve the best Nikkei food in Miami.
Katana in North Beach is one of those sushi restaurants where the plates float by on a little stream, and it works great for small groups or dates.
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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.
Mignonette is a slightly upscale seafood spot on the edge of Downtown where you can find some of the best oysters in town.
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