Like the Fontainebleau Hotel, this is a Miami Beach classic dating back to the 30s, a hangout for both celebrities and wiseguys. Under the well-connected longtime owner Shareef Malnik, it has managed to adapt to the times nicely, refurbing in 2010 and in 2014 introducing a menu under new chef Christopher Lee that’s brought the cuisine to a whole new level. The core of that menu, of course, remains steak, but Lee’s other creations are just as tasty, from “Jamaican jerk bacon” to miso-marinated Chilean sea bass to a droll “pastrami duck breast” with rye gnocchi (pastrami on rye, get it?). The decor, meanwhile, is eclectically charismatic (from oak paneling and exposed brick to stained glass to Jetsons mod); the wine cellar still legendary; and the bar a veritable oenological amusement park thanks to an automat dispensing 80 top-notch wines.
432 41st St./Arthur Godfrey Rd (btw. Sheridan and Royal Palm Aves.), Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood South Beach Hours Sun–Thurs 6pm–midnight, Fri–Sat 6pm–1am. Reservations recommended. Phone 305/538-8533 Prices Appetizers $10–$19; main dishes $30–$58 Cuisine Type Steakhouse/Eclectic Web site The Forge
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