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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Meraki Greek Bistro
Meraki is a Greek restaurant in Downtown slightly hidden in a random little alley. If it’s a nice day, definitely sit outside.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
La Mar by Gaston Acurio in Brickell Key serves Peruvian food, including a variety of cebiches, and has a great view of the harbor.
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Itamae is an excellent Peruvian/Japanese restaurant that serves the best Nikkei food in Miami.
Chotto Matte is an expensive Peruvian/Japanese restaurant on Lincoln Road that’s not worth your time or money.
Hachidori is a Little River restaurant that specializes in ramen. The ramen here is good, and what you should stick to.
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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.
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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