Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Zagat Buzz gives props to Design District

Spring Flings: Hot Miami Openings

Published in Notable Openings

Befitting its location in the trendy Design District, the new Mediterranean Brosia has an eye-catching setting complete with an alfresco courtyard featuring an ancient white oak tree and dramatic mosaic mural backdrop; reasonable tabs are a plus (163 39th St. NE; 305-572-1400).

Also in the Design District, the upscale Japanese bistro Domo Japones bears the hip stamp of an owner from Bond St. Lounge and Miss Yip and a trendy menu offering dishes such as veal-cheek gyoza; stylish quarters adorned with racy art depicting naked models, easy-on-the-eye servers and a killer soundtrack add to the lively package (4000 Second Ave. NE; 305-573-5474).

Named for its edgy Upper East Side neighborhood and the motel-with-a-past where it’s located, Red Light, a waterside New American with regional leanings, has New Orleans–reared, eco-conscious chef Kris Wessel in the driver’s seat; he’s generating traffic with a menu of down-home takes on barbecue, seafood, burgers and ribs served in a tiny, diner-style space enlivened by touches like orange faux-lizard bar seats (Motel Blu, 7700 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-757-7773).

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