Tuyo

The Norm

Van Aken’s New Rooftop Digs

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Congrats. Your zombie 007/Don Draper costume was a hit.

But today’s a new day. So it’s time to... well, put on the exact same thing and go out again...

We bring you Tuyo, Norman Van Aken’s new eighth-floor, Downtown escape atop the Miami Culinary Institute, now open.

This is the kind of old-school haunt where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio would go for a discreet dinner. The entire place has about 15 or so white-linened tables and a corner piano—there’s no bar, flat-screens or giant art pieces grabbing for your attention. You’ll come here on a date (we’re thinking the all-important third date), and find yourself filling up on exotic dishes while rubbing shoulders with politicians, celeb-status foodies and the like.

Snag a table closest to the glass wall overlooking Downtown, and soon your tuxedo-wearing waiter will come. Order up a Mongolian marinated and barbecued veal chop (with Chinese eggplant and Thai rice), prepared by your old friend, the James Beard winner Norman Van Aken.

Oh, and about that piano: a Sinatra type will be playing it, while a sultry vocalist serenades you as you take in a mix of gothic and modern buildings towering over the NE 2nd Avenue traffic.

Nothing sets the mood like traffic.

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