Manuela is a recent New York transplant but a true Miamian at heart. When not missing her daily cafecito, she can be found eating and drinking through her endless restaurant wishlist. Hobbies include breakfast, lunch, dinner and envying the Gilmore Girls’ metabolisms.
The Anderson on 79th is part trip to the 1980s with animal print and a disco ball, part tiki-bar with palm trees and rum cocktails.
Phuc Yea is one of the most creative spots in Miami, with a Vietnamese-Cajun menu and a colorful space in MiMo.
You can’t leave Miami without eating Cuban food at Versailles - head there during the day for a sandwich or for dinner in their ornate dining room.
Serving Persian food in a bright space, Fooq’s in Downtown Miami is great for anytime you need good food and a “cool place.”
Mama Tried is a new bar in Downtown Miami with a sleek interior, a pool table, an reasonably priced drinks so head here to start your night.
1-800-Lucky is an Asian food hall in Wynwood - come with those friends who can never decide where to eat and get a frozen beer or slushie.
Hiden is a $130 omakase restaurant in the back of a taco place in Wynwood - it’s one of the best special occasion meals in the city.
Head to Palmar on NW 29th St. with a small group for some of the best Chinese food in the city, in a space that looks like a large green box.
Head to Michael’s in the Design District for a guaranteed solid meal; whether it’s brunch or dinner, the food is always good, if a little expensive.
When you’ve had two to four more drinks than planned, head to La Sandwicherie in South Beach after a night out - they’re open until 5am.
Macchialina is a great, slightly more casual Italian spot in Miami, and if you head to the Miami Beach spot on Thursdays, pastas are $10 all night.