Because, barring all other developments, one thing we know for sure: The Dutch, a handsome hangout overflowing with oysters and steaks, opens tonight at the W South Beach.
Think of this as Miami’s version of a seafood bar/comfort food tavern that you’d find in New York’s SoHo. Because, well... that’s exactly what this is. The NYC-based chef is even here to make sure your blue crab pizza comes out with just enough char from the pizza oven behind the marble raw bar.
Here’s when you’ll come here:
If you’re dining solo: Sit at the stainless steel bar flanked by ’50s-era photos of Florida and design books from the chef’s personal collection. Order up a quick feast of lunchtime-only fried chicken and Abita Amber on draft.
If you’re entertaining out-of-town friends (Russian oligarchs, etc.): Go for the curved banquette in the dining room, which feels a bit like a Hamptons weekend house. Order the Asian White Boy Ribs doused in a hoisin/scallion sauce and the Biscayne Platter piled with littlenecks and spicy coconut lobster.
On a date with an ingenue from Art Basel: Try a lantern-lit table on the outdoor patio, with views of the hotel’s garden. You’ll want a few two-bite Little Oyster Sandwiches, a bottle of rosé and the 40-ounce dry-aged rib eye.
Which is theoretically for two.