The Dining Room Restaurant co-owner Zack Lieberman, knows Miami Beach well. As a native whose family established roots in the area in the 1920s he knows how to please the locals.
The space, which seats only a few more than 40 people, as well as the kitchen are small, to say the least, but what chef Horacio Rivadero and his cooks are cranking out in their close quarters is quality, first-rate deliciousness.
Lobster ceviche with lobster tail, yellow tomato citrus sauce, yellow peppers, diced red tomato, basil, red onion and plantain chips and scallops wrapped in Serrano ham served over a foie grass sherry sauce and herb crostini to start and the filet mignon churrasco with heirloom tomatoes, blue cheese salad and malbec chimichurri as an entree are excellent choices. Baked Patagonia — a pistachio cake with dulce de leche ice cream, Italian meringue and passion fruit berry sauce and an extensive wine list complete the meal.
413 Washington Ave., 305-397-8444, www.diningroommiami.com
New York City winters can be the pits. How about going for a swim? That’s right. Gift New York is just about as hot as it gets in the winter. Gift not only features a pool, but a swim up bar. Water games in the winter just got a little more interesting.
Eric Sanchez, Director of Gift New York, says he combined the concepts of a pool bar/lounge, to become the only one of its kind in New York City. Not only is there a pool and drinks, there’s a sauna and steam room, adding to the luxurious spa atmosphere. Djs add to the hip, cool, and polished interior of Gift. And on Tuesdays, watch out! A crazy good deal of three drinks for the price of one is running. You don’t want to miss that, do you? Gift typically opens at 5p.m. and closes at 12a.m.
Looking for something different to do in the dead of winter? You need only to accept the “Gift” and all of what’s inside.