So allow us to introduce Sra. Martinez, the new tapas lounge from Michelle Bernstein opening today in the Design District.
Think of Martinez as your new late-night date spot in the gallery zone—it's sexy, clamorous and steeped in Flamenco vibes. (If Salma Hayek opened a place in Miami, it might look like this.) The owners have purged vestiges of the former Domo Japones (we'll miss you, topless Naomi) and given the space a been-here-since-Batista look with aged adobe walls and Spanish posters. For a quick drink and snack, head for the Mexican-tiled bar. And for a big, boozy, not-quick-at-all dinner party, reserve the upstairs communal table, where you and nine friends can survey the scene like so many lords/offensive-coordinators of nightlife.
Now, about those small plates. Bernstein (Michy's) flexes her James Beard-winning culinary muscle with micro-mains like sweetbreads with Romesco sauce, fish cheeks with raisins and bacon-wrapped medjool dates (she had us at "bacon-wrapped"). You'll wash them down with 19th-century classics like a Pimm's Cup, a Manhattan made with Kentucky ham-infused bourbon (how can you not try that?) and last but certainly not least, the bracing Between the Sheets, made with cognac, Benedictine and lemon juice.
Think of it as a fitting prelude to the real thing...