We repeat: Tom Colicchio is in the building.
So give a warm, 80%-humidity-filled welcome to Beachcraft, a vision of seafood splendor from Mr. Top Chef himself, now open at 1 Hotel South Beach. (The slideshow’s here and the menu’s here.)
Turns out, the guy’s already got a few restaurants and a James Beard Award under his belt. And he’s focusing all of that culinary know-how on a few locally caught seafood numbers you might appreciate.
The space is magnificent. Like a Hamptons beach house with a green thumb. All rock walls, warm woods and small plants on the bar that can be used to spruce up your drink. So if you find your gin-and-St-Germain-filled Euro-Trip is lacking in the basil department, you can own that situation. As one does.
That generous raw bar in the middle: a strategic starting point. Round up a small tower of razor clams and oysters. Then, slide into one of the brown leather booths for wine and sea urchin bucatini with a pescetarian-leaning date.
A bucatini-leaning date works, too.